731 workers benefit in Ilocos Norte from DOLE’s livelihood program

LAOAG CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA) — Out of 3,161 marginalized, vulnerable, and rural workers in Region 1 who benefited from the Department of Labor and Employment’s livelihood program in Region 1, 731 beneficiaries are from Ilocos Norte.

The list of beneficiaries include farmers, groups of youth, fishermen, women, overseas Filipino workers, wage workers, tricycle operators and drivers, persons with disabilities, and indigenous people.

DOLE 1 Regional Director Grace Ursua said livelihood programs helped the government achieve the millennium development goals.

“The more communities we reach through the DOLE livelihood program, the more marginalized sectors, local government units, government agencies, and other entities that become stakeholders to the government’s goal of local employment generation and poverty eradication,” Ursua said.

Last year, DOLE 1 disbursed P13, 869,138.25 to fund 59 livelihood projects where farmers’ associations topped the list of beneficiaries.

For this year, the program has received an allocation of P16,982,000 to benefit at least 2,816 persons.

In Sto. Tomas, La Union, a group of fishermen were able to put up a grouper culture project envisioned to earn a net income of P280,000 per cropping season.

The realization of the fishermen’s small enterprise is through the help of DOLE and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources which funded the project.

DOLE 1 hopes that all beneficiaries in Ilocos region will be able replicate the same success this year.

Livelihood program is government’s way to eradicate poverty through helping the marginalized, vulnerable, and rural workers to become entrepreneurs. (ANL/CDG-PIA 1, Ilocos Norte)

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