Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental- In a bid to reduce poverty towards inclusive growth, the Department of Labor and Employment Negros Island Region, through its Negros Oriental Field Office under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program recently released P750,000.00 in livelihood assistance to two organizations in Mabinay town.
DOLE-NIR Director Atty. Johnson Canete awarded to the Lumbangan Farm Family Association the livelihood grant amounting to P500,000.00 for its swine raising project.
Said amount will be used to procure forteen young sows that amount to P308,000.00, some 4,620 kilos of hog feeds worth P 146, 224, vitamins and antibiotics for P9,200.00 and a pig scale for P3,906.00.
Also, a three-month SSS contribution for its 33 member-beneficiaries is allocated for P32,670.00.
The hog raising enterprise costs P625,000.00 along with the organization's P125,000.00 counterpart.
Meanwhile, the P312,000.00 meat processing endeavor of the Lumbangan Livelihood Association has materialized with the release of DOLE's P250,000.00 livelihood aid together with its P 62,000.00 monetary share.
The agency grant is geared to help augment the income of its members through the production of 2250 packs of tocino, longganisa and corned beef.
Social security coverage is also extended to the group's 37 member-beneficiaries.
"Ang Lumbangan Farm Family Association ug Lumbangan Livelihood Association kinasingkasing nga nagpasalamat sa DOLE sa ilang pag-hatag ug katumanan sa among mga gihangyo nga abag sa panginabuhian. Dili lamang kini para kanamo, alang usab kini sa mahayag nga ugma sa among mga anak” quipped the thankful Julrito Amano.
According to Canete DOLE continues to seek ways to provide its marginalized partners with skills and livelihood opportunities to help them build a better life.
He added that access to economic interventions of the government significantly reduces the ill-effects of poverty in the vulnerable sector with decent means of living, improved income and enrollment to social protection.
“I encourage our recipients to develop and sustain what DOLE has started since the true measure on the success of our programs and services towards inclusive growth is by seeing our partners in economic stability and decent living” Canete ended.