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    Phl: Release livelihood for Haiyan survivors

    LABOR Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has ordered all regional directors and program managers of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to fast-track the release of Integrated Livelihood Assistance Program (DILP) funds for the survivors to earn decent incomes and quickly recover from the effects of the calamities.
    In a statement released Sunday, Baldoz said February is almost over, and March is coming, so she expects that livelihood assistance to calamity survivors will already be making headway.
    “My instruction during our DOLE-wide planning exercise was to already roll out in the first month of 2014 the DILP funds given us by Congress, either for our regular programs or for rebuilding after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan),” the labor chief said.
    Baldoz expressed concern over the seemingly snail-paced move of program managers to implement programs, DOLE said in statement.
    DOLE targets 100,000 emergency and livelihood program beneficiaries this 2014 under a regular budget of P609.8 million and 102,011 beneficiaries under “Yolanda” projects with a budget of P883.98 million for the full year.
    “We have targets to meet, or even surpass, so we better be prepared and be fast,” she said.
    Baldoz observed that the DOLE Regional Office No. 7 had only released in Bohol Province in January and February P1.159 million in livelihood grants to eight workers’ livelihood enterprises with total beneficiaries of 487 individuals.
    In January, the regional office released a total of P425,000 in DILP grants to the Lila Fish Vendors’ Association in Lila, Bohol, for the fish vending activities of its 77 members–55 of whom are female, in the amount of P80,500; Bungahan Farmers Association in Antequera, Bohol, for the duck raising and balut processing business of its 85 farmer-members, 27 of whom are female, in the amount of P114,000; Barangay Livestock Aide, also in Antequera, Bohol, for the duck raising and balut processing business of its 40 members, five of whom are female, in the amount of P114,000; Casabut Organic Farming System in Barangays Cabawan, Agahay, San Roque, Aliguay, Busao, and Toril in Maribojoc, Bohol, for training-cum-production on chorizo and tocino; dress-making; and cassava chips making, of its 21 female members in the amount of P177,000.
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