“To transform entrepreneurs into techno- preneurs“ isthe goal of the Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE) and Department of Science and Technology(DOST) Convergence Program.

A farmer for a long time, Rolly Mateo, 43, had known the carabao as the quintessential “beast of burden”, essential for rendering farm works.

This was until recently when he and his colleagues in the Bantog Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BSNMPC) in Brgy. Bantog, Asingan, Pangasinan were handed financial assistance by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 1 Director Grace Ursula with a ?495,000 check to Mayor Heidee Chua of the local government unit (LGU) of Asingan, which is a DOLE accredited co-partner in the implementation of livelihood projects in the municipality.

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