DOLE releases P1.2M livelihood projects in 'Paeng'-hit areas in Western Visayas

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has spearheaded a quick response mechanism to assist the communities affected by typhoon “Paeng” last month.

In Western Visayas, the DOLE Capiz Field Office (CFO) has ordered the release of P1,249,986.25 for the livelihood projects.

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DOLE 6 Regional Director Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. said he instructed the CFO to profile the prospective beneficiaries, especially the informal workers in the Province of Capiz, which is more than 78 percent of the province's 473 barangays that were heavily affected by the onslaught of typhoon "Paeng".

DOLE RO 6- CFO has focused the attention on the town of Panit-an, which is the home of DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program beneficiaries and has recorded a huge number of casualties.

With the urgency of the situation, Rodriguez ordered the immediate implementation of various livelihood projects to mitigate the impact of the typhoon on 53 informal workers, which includes parents of child laborers in Brgy. Ambilay in Panit-an town.

Rodriguez said the parents of child laborers requested the DOLE’s livelihood intervention to help them realize their dreams and to have an additional income to support their family.

He said the assistance will be used to fund various livelihood projects that include agri-feeds supply benefitting four beneficiaries, burger stand, buy and sell of RTWs, carpentry, carwash Vendo, broiler production, carinderia, and fish vending.

The livelihood projects also consisted of hog fattening and breeding, ice cream-making, nego-kart-vegetable vending, nego-kart-food vending, hog raisingm, rice farming, and sari-sari store.