A Livelihood Project for Families of Child Laborers


kasamaKASAMA is a project of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which aims to contribute to the prevention and elimination of child labor by providing families of child laborers access to decent livelihood opportunities for enhanced income.

It is anchored on the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) Framework


It is one of the regular projects under DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP)


It is implemented through DOLE’s Accredited Co-Partners (ACP) which are responsible for the direct delivery of services to the beneficiaries


Target Beneficiaries

  • Parents or guardian of child laborers
  • Elder brothers or sisters of child laborers who are of employable age

Beneficiaries shall commit to take active participation in group activities including social preparation, trainings and actual project implementation, and shall express their willingness to remove or not engage their children in hazardous or exploitative labor

Project Components

  • Partnership Building – aims to ensure that partner groups have the capacity and commitment to provide support and assistance to the beneficiaries towards project sustainability.
  • Beneficiary/Enterprise Development – aims to equip the beneficiaries with appropriate knowledge, attitude and skills in undertaking the livelihood activity towards project viability and success, i.e., social preparation (child rights; workers’ safety, health, productivity; environment; values); entrepreneurship (simple bookkeeping, business management); skills training (production of goods or services).
  • Monitoring and evaluation – aims to keep track and assess the progress of project implementation vis-à-vis adherence to guidelines and performance targets towards project improvement

Preferred Nature of Livelihood Activity

  • Viable, marketability of product or services (e.g. processing of food and other consumer products)
  • Environment-friendly; preferably ‘green’ products (e.g., production of herbal drugs, organic fertilizer and other agriculture-based products)
  • Usage of local/indigenous resources/materials (e.g. handicraft and souvenir items making)

For more information, please contact or go to the nearest DOLE Regional Office in your area.

Serbisyo Para Sa Mobile Vendors


Nego-Kart Nego-Kart (Negosyo sa Kariton) is a project for ambulant vendors on major cities of the country. The project will assist the ambulant vendors in making their existing livelihood undertakings grow into profitable and sustainable business; thus, making their income level at par with that of the minimum wage earners, at the least.  


The Nego-Kart project will provide the ambulant vendors with service/assistance that will enable them to increase, upgrade and/or diversity their products or services and market these to greater number of buyers or customers. The service/assistance is as follows:

  • Acquisition of a vending cart and accessory livelihood tools;
  • Provision of working capital for procurement or production of marketable goods or services (raw materials and other inputs);
  • Trainings on production skills, entrepreneurship and business management; and
  • Business permit to operate in designated area. The ambulant vendors will be assisted in forming their organization that will promote mutual aid and protection such as collective savings mobilization for social protection coverage under SSS/PhilHealth and others common concerns.

Target Areas and Clients

The Nego-Kart project will be implemented in major cities of the country with heavy concentration or large number of ambulant vendors. It will cater to ambulant vendors of legal age who trade their goods or services without the necessary market business permits in sidewalks, buses, community market places and other public places.

Program Implementors

The Nego-Kart project will be implemented by the DOLE in partnership with the LGUs, private sector and other interested parties which shall co-share the provision of the aforesaid service/assistance. Any of the DOLE partners may serve as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in the Implementation of the project.    


For more information, please contact or go to the nearest DOLE Regional Office in your area.



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  • YES Partnership / Consensus Building

As a preliminary prerequisite, the DOLE Regional Offices shall partner with the educational institution- EI (higher educational and technical/vocational institutions) local government units (LGUs), government organizations (GOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), and concerned individuals/property owners in their respective areas of jurisdiction to solicit consensus, commitment/support for the YES Project.

This phase shall involve the preparation and dissemination of communications and conduct of series of meetings with the target partners with the end in view of paving the way for the eventual signing of a Memorandum of Agreement. Said MOA shall forge the commitments of the stakeholders for the eventual implementation of the WYC/YES Program in the region.

  • YES Buddies Identification & Entrepreneurship Formation

Upon the signing of the MOA, the EI partners are given the task to facilitate the identification, screening and organization of their graduating students or graduates of agriculture-and fishery-related courses, including those in ladderized courses, into YES groups.

To ensure the smooth implementation flow and monitoring of the YES project, the EI shall take into consideration factor of same locality and proximity of the project site to the prospective beneficiaries’ residence in organizing the group.

Once organized, the DOLE Regional Office and EI shall provide the YES buddies with relevant training and guidance to prepare them in their entrepreneurship project. Said capability exercises shall include but are not limited to the following courses:

        • Leadership and value formation;
        • Basic management;
        • Enterprise development and management;
        • Marketing strategies;
        • Basic bookkeeping and accounting;
        • Advocacy and social mobilization; and
        • Preparation of business plan.


  •  Business Plan Preparation, Finalization & Acceptance

The major output of this phase is the formulation of a workable business plan that the target beneficiaries shall prepare under the guidance and supervision of the EI. The EI shall assist the YES Buddies in fine-tuning the YES Buddies business plan or project proposal, recommend to the DOLE Regional Offices for approval.

  • Partners’ Deliberation Commitment pledging & MOA signing

The MOA, once signed, shall define the roles and responsibilities of the signing parties. It shall signal the forging of partnerships, which will include the commitment of time of key personnel to be deployed, the cooperation as well as the commitment of resource counterparts. Said forging likewise signals the commencement of the implementation of the YES project. One MOA has to be institutionalized per EI basis.

The responsibility of providing land or coastal area, as project site to the beneficiaries shall be lodged with the LGU, which has jurisdiction over the area where the project site is located. As much as possible, idle public lands shall be the priority sites for the project. Where no public lands are available, private landowners will be tapped as partners to allow the use of his or her property under a usufruct arrangement.

  • Business Plan Approval For Funding

Upon receipt of the EI approved business plan, the DOLE Regional Office shall schedule a meeting with the landowner/LGU, prospective beneficiaries and partner EI to finalize the implementation arrangements for the project. He shall likewise conduct an ocular inspection of the project site to check the project’s feasibility and its site proximity to the residences of the beneficiaries. The Regional Director has the discretion to reject, recommend changes and approve said project proposal.

Deserving YES buddies are those whose business plan has passed the evaluation criteria of the DOLE Regional Office and the EI. Capital assistance shall be provided to deserving YES buddies through the EI/accredited co-partner. The seed capital shall be initially sourced from the DOLE Capacity Building for Specific Sectors funds lodged at the DOLE Regional Offices.

The DOLE Regional Office shall process the requirements, prepares voucher, grants check to EI/accredited co-partner in tranches for the project beneficiaries.

  • Business Plan Implementation

In the duration of the YES project, the DOLE Regional Office and the EI shall continuously tap the assistance of other government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture including its Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology in technology enhancement, product packaging, marketing strategies and other business needs of the group.

The EI shall, as much as possible, shall assist the beneficiaries in looking for markets of the beneficiaries’ products. It shall link the youth beneficiaries to big companies and business undertakings in marketing their products.

The DOLE RO monitors the project implementation thru visits and reports received from the SUC/PEI.

  • YES Resources Sustainability

As the Young Entrepreneurs have developed their capability to manage the project by themselves, they shall be "weaned from" the supervision of the YES implementation team.  Having shown her/his capability as an entrepreneur, she/he may be tapped as a volunteer to contribute to the sustainability of the YES and provide advisory service, technical assistance, funds or other resources.  In the long term, the YES partners can use these resources, specially the funds, to groom other youth as entrepreneurs.

Sustainable project could be determined based on its good business practices, additional workers hired, regular market of products/services and income.

YESlogoA project under the Working Youth Center (WYC) Program with the aim of putting the youth once again at the center of development. The YES Project envisions the young college and technical-vocational graduating students, college graduates or would-be members of the labor force as productive, resourceful and self-reliant entrepreneurs. Aside from being an essential WYC enabler to reinvigorate the hopes and dreams of would-be entrants to the labor force, the YESis a component or support program to the DOLE Kabuhayan Program.

WYC-YES Developmental Objectives

  • To mobilize the college and technical-vocational graduates to become young entrepreneurs thereby generating income and jobs in the countryside;
  • To meet the employment needs of young graduates through a comprehensive and coherent package of entrepreneurship-related services that will contribute to uplifting their living conditions;
  • To help raise the quality of life of households and increase household economic worth by unleashing youth entrepreneurship potentials in innovative community-based business ventures ; and
  • To intensify enterprise development through collaboration and partnership between the DOLE and the educational institutions in preparing college and technical-vocational graduating students and graduates for business undertakings.

Program Status (January to September 2010)

Program Monitoring and Technical Supervision

A total of ,114 youths received funding support for 25 livelihood/entrepreneurship undertakings from the 33 DOLE accredited co-partners (ACPs) for the YES project

WYC-YES Project Components  

  • Partnership and Consensus Building

To get their consensus in cooperating with the YES Project, the DOLE Regional Offices (ROs) will meet with:

      • the local government units (LGUs) through their public employment service offices (PESOs)
      • the target partner educational institutions (EI), such as the state colleges and universities (SUCs), private educational institutions (PEIs), technical vocational institutions (TechVocs)
      • private individuals/property owners and other possible partners

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) may be executed to signal the forging of partnerships, which will include the commitment of cooperation, the time of key personnel to be deployed or assigned to the project, and the commitment of other resource counterparts. The partners shall state in the MOA that the educational institution (EI) shall serve as the accredited co-partner or conduit and shall guide their graduating students or graduates in preparing the business plan or project proposal, before recommending it to DOLE for approval. The EI shall also supervise and monitor their students’ or graduates’ YES project implementation.

  • Identification and Organization of YES Buddies
      • The EI shall facilitate the identification, screening and organization of their graduating students or graduates of college courses, including those in ladderized programs, into YES groups
      • The target YES beneficiaries are, preferably but not exclusively, those of agriculture, fishery and entrepreneurship courses
      • The EI, in consultation with the DOLE Regional Office, shall consider the factors of same locality and proximity to the project area, among others, in organizing the target beneficiaries.
      • Each YES group shall have three (3) to five (5) members or YES Buddies which, when organized, shall serve as the YES link or conduit and job provider to the members of the working youth organizations and the rest of the youth seeking employment at the grass root or community level.  

The YES buddies are essential as they facilitate the delivery of services to the other youth, whether unemployed or underemployed.

  • Values and Leadership Formation and Social Preparation  

Values and Leadership Formation and Social Preparation aim to enhance the work and business values and to develop the leadership potentials of the YES buddies. As would-be entrepreneurs, they should be endowed with the values of hard work, patience, savings, self-reliance, self-discipline, respect for the rights of others, efficient use of meager resources and productivity. Their leadership potentials must be developed to enable them to effectively handle and manage the business undertaking and the other young people who would be working for and with them.

cateringThe DOLE RO and the EI should provide the YES buddies with guidance and relevant training courses to equip them with knowledge and skills on the following:

      • Basic management;
      • Preparation of business plans;
      • Enterprise development and management;
      • Market strategies;
      • Basic bookkeeping and accounting; and
      • Advocacy and social mobilization.

The major output of this phase is a business plan which the YES buddies shall prepare under the guidance and supervision of the EI. The business plan shall indicate, among others, the land, coastal area or other property where the YES project will be situated.

The EI shall, as much as possible, assist them in looking for markets and shall link them to big companies or contractors in the marketing of the youth’s products or services. The DOLE RO and the EI shall tap the assistance of other agencies, such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Science and Technology, as well as experts or specialists in technology enhancement, packaging and marketing.

  • Capability Building and Capital Assistance

The funding for this component can be initially sourced from the DOLE Kabuhayan Program funds lodged at the DOLE Regional Offices.

Capital assistance should be provided to deserving YES buddies. Deserving YES buddies are those whose business plan has passed the evaluation criteria of the EI and the DOLE RO. The seed capital for the YES business undertaking can be initially sourced from other funds intended for the rationalized DOLE livelihood program, which also covers young workers. 

The LGU shall identify and facilitate the provision of land or coastal area or structure as project site. As much as possible, idle public land or property shall be the priority site of the project.

A private property may be tapped by the partners if no idle site or government property is available. The LGU having jurisdiction over the identified YES business project site shall assist in preparing the terms of reference for the use of the public or private property.

WYC-YES Implementation Scheme  

The DOLE Regional Offices, in collaboration with the partners EI, LGU or private individual, shall directly implement the YES in their respective areas of jurisdiction. The partnership shall also be the YES Project Implementation Team that will ensure that project implementation is in accordance with government rules and regulations. The YES process cycle may be used as guide.

The EI shall be the conduit to receive from DOLE the funding and capital assistance and shall manage the YES project of its graduating students or graduates. The EI shall provide guidance and counseling, if not courses, on entrepreneurship to its graduating students who are YES Buddies. In the engagement of their production or service workers for the business enterprise, the YES Buddies shall, as much as possible, prioritize the underemployed and unemployed members of DOLE-registered working youth organizations.

WYC-YES Project Monitoring  

The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) and the DOLE RO shall be responsible for the overall management, hence, the monitoring of the implementation of the WYC-YES. To facilitate the monitoring, the BWSC shall develop and distribute to the DOLE RO the monitoring forms which shall collect or record information on the number of beneficiaries serviced or assisted, the service/intervention provided and the status of project implementation.

As program manager, the BWSC shall: •Collect, consolidate and analyze the progress reports from the DOLE ROs. •Provide technical assistance to DOLE ROs pertinent to problems, issues and concerns arising from their respective YES implementation  •Provide recommendations for more efficient and effective YES implementation •Facilitate the conduct of periodic monitoring and evaluation of the program implementation. These indicators, among others, shall be used in monitoring: (1) Number, variety and quality of employment or job opportunities available to the youth; and (2) Number of young people engaged in productive and profitable entrepreneurial ventures. •Conduct an impact evaluation of the WYC-YES after three years of operation.  

For more information, please contact or go to the nearest DOLE Regional Office in your area.

Knowledge Sharing, Inputs Acquisition, Training on Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition


The DOLE Kabuhayan (DK) Starter KITS Project is a livelihood formation strategy that is intended to bring about improved socio-economic well-being of workers in the informal economy, in groups/sectors with special concerns, and displaced wage workers (local and overseas) and their families.

The project will provide a livelihood starter KITS consisting of a package of services that will enable the target beneficiaries to start quickly a livelihood undertaking and become self-employed. It aims to engage them in sustainable self-employment through easy to learn livelihood undertakings.  

Eligible Beneficiaries

The project targets the poor and long-term unemployed especially those to the following special sectors: out-of-school youths, women, parents of child laborers, Indigenous People (IPs), physically/occupationally disabled, urban poor, elderly persons, landless farmers/fisherfolks and other workers in the informal economy, and displaced wage (local and overseas) workers, OFW returnees and their dependents, either individually or as groups.


The project has the following major service that the implementers shall provide to help the beneficiaries’ plan, set up, start operate their livelihood undertakings:

  • Short-period training on production skills with entrepreneurship and business management
  • Self-instructional Learning Reference Materials (handbook/workbook) on Production, Entrepreneurship and Business Management Skills
  • Provision of livelihood tools, equipment, material and inputs
  • Provision of continuing business advisory and consultancy service at the Community Micro-Business Incubation Center (CMBIC)

The beneficiaries will be required to enroll in Social Protection Service like SSS, Philhealth and other alternative social protection schemes as soon as the business cycles allow it.

Priority Projects

The priority projects are livelihood undertaking requiring:

Simple house-to-house service-oriented skills (massage, plumbing, cosmetology, electrical servicing, welding, native snack preparation, car wash, motorcycle repair, cellular repair, appliance repair, upholstery repair etc.) existing skills of beneficiaries acquired through formal training, new skills that can be enhanced/improved through short-period training.

For displaced overseas workers, the Training cum – Production scheme of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) will be adopted. Thus, group projects requiring common service facility may also be funded.  

For more information, please contact or go to the nearest DOLE Regional Office in your area.  




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