The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Provincial Youth, Sports and Public Employment Service Office (PYSPESO), distributed livelihood assistance to 497 Bulakenyos on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
According to the Provincial Public Affairs Office (PPAO), the programs of DOLE and PYSPESO benefitted 227 recipients of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD), 210 individuals underwent Integrated Livelihood Program; 50 students graduated from the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), while 10 bicycles with cellphones were distributed to 10 selected Bulakenyo workers as a start-up kit for their transportation delivery services.
Also included in the livelihood assistance were 50 beneficiaries of massage wellness kits, another 50 given welding machines, 50 received food processing equipment, 40 were given sewing machine starter kits, three Negokart for Indigenous People of Brgy. San Mateo, Norzagaray, and 20 individuals were given ovens.
Meanwhile, each TUPAD beneficiary included in the low-income bracket received P4,200 while SPES beneficiaries received P6,300.
Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando, Board Member Alexis C. Castro and DOLE Bulacan Chief May Lynn C. Gozun led the awarding of livelihood assistance.
The Bulacan provincial government thanked Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and Senator Joel Villanueva for their support for the province of Bulacan.
Fernando advised the beneficiaries to properly use the aid they received for their family and to continue praying to overcome all trials.