BALUNGAO, Pangasinan, Sept 8 (PIA) –- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Region I awarded last Monday P498,000 worth of livelihood assistance to the Tupig Makers Association of Balungao in a simple ceremony held in this town.
The assistance is intended for the association’s “tupig” livelihood enhancement and integrated agricultural production project, which is seen to benefit 110 “tupig” makers, rice farmers, banana producers and charcoal briquette makers, said Labor Communication Officer Arly Valdez.
DOLE Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte awarded the financial aid to the association through Balungao Mayor Philipp Peralta.
She was joined by DOLE Regional Director Grace Ursua, Assistant Regional Director Florence Marie Ulep, DOLE field office heads and heads of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board.
Trasmonte encouraged the municipal government of Balungao and the beneficiaries to use the livelihood assistance properly.
“Work together in making the project successful,” she said.
Since 2009, the town of Balungao has already received over P1.7 million in assistance to fund projects, namely, goat breeder production (P400,000); squash canton noodles production (P451,000); squash production (P300,000); “tupig” making (P107,800); and the latest, which is for the enhancement of the fourth project.
Peralta expressed his gratitude for the continuous support of DOLE to the local government and its constituents.
“The local government of Balungao commits to the regional director as well as to the undersecretary that the assistance DOLE provided to the LGU will certainly be put into good use and will definitely be sustained,” he said.
The provision of DOLE livelihood assistance is in line with President Benigno Aquino’s two-pronged goal of poverty alleviation and creation of local employment. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from DOLE)