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DOLE Secretary Baldoz came early to the BWSC the morning of January 11, 2016 to deliver her message on the occasion of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concern (BWSC) sixth (6) year anniversary.  Right after the flag ceremony, the Secretary expressed her message of support to the office considering the big challenges that confront the vulnerable workers which BWSC serves.

Six (6) selected agrarian reform communities (ARCs) will be assisted for the period of two years (CY2015- 2016) under the DOLE-DAR special project, Self Reliant Organization for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (SRO-CARP).   These are: Region 4-A - Pacheco Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Brgy. Pacheco, Magallanes, Cavite; Region VI - Victor U. Lopez Agrarian Reform Association, Brgy. Don Salvador Benedicto, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental and Estela Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Brgy. San Miguel, Negros Occidental; Region VII- Albiga Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Brgy. Albiga, Siaton, Negros Oriental; Region X- Sibulan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Lopez-Jaena, Misamis Occidental, and Impalotao Dalwangan Sawaga Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Malaybalay, Bukidnon

A total of 320 livelihood projects identified across regions are now enrolled to be transformed to an enterprise level through the Sustainable Livelihood Framework (SLF).  The implementation of SLF enhances the entrepreneurial capacity and productivity; improves competitiveness of products or services; and improves income level and quality of life of the beneficiaries.

To assist the beneficiaries in marketing their products, the DOLE will launch for the first time the “DOLE Livelihood Beneficiaries’ Product Showcase” on October 27, 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. This will form part of the highlights of the upcoming Kabuhayan Awards on October 27, 2015.

For many years the DOLE has been implementing livelihood projects as contribution to the national government’s poverty reduction programs. To sustain the gains out of the livelihood assistance, giving recognition to the beneficiaries’ effort in successfully managing the projects is deemed essential. Thus, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns has institutionalized an annual Incentive and Award System for Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Project starting this year 2015.

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