The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Tarlac has awarded P2.8 million worth of livelihood assistance to three beneficiaries in the province, including Gerona town.
The grant assistance, funded under DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), aims to help accredited co-partners procure raw materials and equipment to improve start-ups, small businesses, and cooperatives.
According to DILP Focal Person Desire Julian-Gonzales, the local government of Gerona, one of the beneficiaries, received a check amounting to P300,000 for a nego-cart project in their municipality.
“We also turned-over a P2-million check to LGU Capas for the assistance of five groups in the town. Meanwhile, our lone cooperative accredited co-partner received P500,000 for their enhancement production and supply of fresh fruits and vegetables,” she added.
As of March, a total of 188 marginalized workers in the province were approved for livelihood assistance.
Eligible DILP beneficiaries include self-employed people with insufficient income such as landless farmers, fisher folks, low or minimum wage earners, seasonal or displaced workers.
Senior citizens, indigenous peoples, parents or guardians of child laborers, rebel returnees, and victims of armed conflict are also eligible to the program.