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Sultan Kudarat – The emergency employment and livelihood assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have proved to be essential programs to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to the vulnerable and marginalized workers.

On 07 September 2020, the DOLE Sultan Kudarat Provincial Office has facilitated the release of livelihood assistance through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) COVID-19 intervention to the Local Government Units (LGUs) of San Pablo and Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat.

DOLE SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Director Raymundo Agravante personally handed the check to San Pablo Barangay Captain Rodolfo Jacob amounting to ₱798,309.40.

The livelihood assistance will benefit at least 48 individuals consisting of self-employed with low income to women, as well as senior citizens and parents of child laborers.

Most of the projects of the chosen beneficiaries include bread making, food vending, food processing, dressmaking, carpentry, carenderia, among others.

On the other hand, LGU-Lambayong was granted ₱168,000.00, for its emergency employment through the Department’s TUPAD, to almost 50 beneficiaries who rendered work for 10 days.

Vice Mayor Eric Recinto of Lambayong expressed his sincerest gratitude for the DOLE’s unending support to the municipality, especially to its residence who were displaced as an effect of the pandemic to the economy.

“We will continue to work and maximize our funds to reach out for more and assist our affected workers who are greatly affected by COVID-19 pandemic,” said Regional Director Agravante in his message.

The TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced, self-employed, and underemployed workers, for a minimum of 10 days.

Moreover, the DILP Kabuhayan Program is the DOLE’s contribution to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction. It seeks to reduce the vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers by providing them access to a grant assistance for capacity building on livelihood ventures either for individual or group undertakings.

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