By NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 27, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII has released a total of P5,135,882.00 livelihood funds to the local government units of Barugo and Jaro last August 16, 2019 during its collaborative meeting with the local chief executives of the 2nd Congressional District of Leyte at Haiyan Hotel and Resort, Tanauan, Leyte.
Aiming to strengthen the existing collaboration with the LGUs in the implementation of DOLE programs in the region, Regional Director Yahya A. Centi, along with the management committee of DOLE RO VIII and heads of DOLE-Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), discussed with the new representative, Congresswoman Lolita Karen T. Javier and the LCEs of the said district the various programs and services of the department.
“It is with great pleasure that we are able to meet all of you for a significant purpose. We believe this meeting will produce positive results which will put us in a win-win situation – us being able to deliver our programs and services successfully and you being able to address the needs of your constituents especially in the reduction of poverty”, said Director Centi.
Congresswoman Javier expressed her gratitude for all the essential information shared by the DOLE-RCC relative to programs and services which can be availed by her constituents.
“It inspires me a lot to know that we have people like you in the government to partner with in terms of helping our people. Personally, I’d like to thank Director Centi and his entire team for giving us, especially our new LCEs, the opportunity to know what DOLE is all about,” said Cong. Javier.
During the said meeting, DOLE RO VIII grabbed the chance to award livelihood grants for the beneficiaries of LGU-Barugo and LGU-Jaro.
Ma. Rosario Avestruz and Rigo Arbas, mayors of Barugo and Jaro, respectively, were both happy to receive the livelihood checks.
Charged under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) funds of the region, LGU-Barugo received a total of P3,323,487 for the implementation of three (3) projects for the 187 beneficiaries Pedicab Drivers of Barugo and Barugo Integrated Carpenters & Fisherfolks Association.
On the other hand, LGU-Jaro availed livelihood funds for its three projects amounting to P1,812,395 with 127 beneficiaries from the informal sector, Macanip Integrated Farmers Association and BARRACO Agricultural Cooperative.
Mayor Avestruz, who delivered the closing remarks, challenged her co-LCEs to maximize the programs and services offered by the national government agencies such as the labor department.
“I’d like to encourage my fellow chief executives to be more active in accessing the various programs of our partner organizations. We should be happy that we have DOLE and other agencies to assist us in catering to the different issues and concerns of our clients”, said Mayor Avestruz.
Mayors of the following municipalities were present during the collaborative meeting: Barugo, Burauen, Capoocan, Dagami, Dulag, Jaro, Julita, Pastrana and Tunga.
Also in attendance during the half-day meeting were the following DOLE-RCC Heads: Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod of NMP; Atty. Amelia B. Docena of NLRC; Director Gemma R. Poloyapoy of NCMB; Mr. Reynaldo Soliveres of RTWPB; Ms. Juliet Z. Tan of OWWA; Ms. Catherine D. Dasigan of NRCO; and Ms. Michelle C. Basal of ECC.