CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan – Some 60 OFW-dependents and families residing in Hermosa, over the weekend received a P600,000 livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the livelihood assistance was sourced from the Bottoms-up-Budgeting (BUB) of the local government of Hermosa.
“Under the BUB, our convergence with local government units (LGUs), through their Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), enables us to bridge more livelihood opportunities to the grassroots. Today, we are privileged to serve our OFW-dependents, by empowering them to engage in entrepreneurship and venture into small businesses,” Dione said.
Dione noted that the livelihood assistance, in the form of DOLE Kabuhayan Starter KITS, was distributed to the beneficiaries at their town’s official covered court. Present to award the Starter KITS are DOLE Bataan Field Office head Leilani Reynoso, Hermosa PESO Manager Precilla Abubo, and other local and barangay officials.
The DOLE Kabuhayan Starter KITS given to the beneficiaries are start-up businesses on rice trading and varieties of consumable grocery goods for mini sari-sari store businesses. Aside from the kits, all beneficiaries have undergone entrepreneurship development training (EDT) to ensure they could transform their livelihood starter kits into sustainable businesses.
OFW-dependent Monica Rivera, on behalf of her fellow beneficiaries, expressed her heartfelt thanks to the DOLE and the local government of Hermosa, for the Kabuhayan Starter KITS. “Lubos po kaming nagpapasamalat sa DOLE at pamahalaang bayan ng Hermosa sa tulong pangkabuhayang ito. Malaking bagay po ang Kabuhayan Starter KIT na ipinagkaloob po ninyo sa aming pamilya upang makapag simula ulit ng bagong pagkakakitaan,” Rivera said.
Rivera shared that her husband, who works in the Middle East, was compelled to leave his job abroad because of war conflicts with other nations. “Nakakatakot po yung naranasan ng aking asawa dahil sa kasalukuyang kaguluhang nangyayari sa bansang kanyang pinagtratrabauhan. Kahit wala pa pong mahanap o malilipatang trabaho ang aking asawa, masasabi ko pong malaking tulong po ang Start KIT-bigasan na ito sa pang araw-araw na pangangailangan ng aming pamilya. Umasa po kayo na ito po ay aming pagyayamanin.”
This year, the DOLE will continue to partner with local government units, through the provision of BUB-grants, for more livelihood opportunities for marginalized individuals/groups.