Negros Occidental received P9.8 million in livelihood assistance projects in the first half of this year from the Department of Labor and Employment, its Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom, said yesterday.
Ligutom said that, out of 37 livelihood and assistance projects with a total cost of P17.5 million, 23 were given to Negros Occidental especially in the Bottom up Budgeting, or the BuB projects, of Himamaylan and Bago Cities as well as the towns of Murcia and Calatrava.
He said these livelihood assistance projects in Negros Occidental have benefited 1,575 unemployed and informal sector workers, marginalized fishermen and farmers, parents of child laborers, indigenous people and out-of-school youths.
The livelihood projects of DOLE include goat production, training cum production on hollow blocks-making, various livelihood projects of parents of child laborers, diversified livelihood for sugarcane plantation workers, enhancement of various livelihood projects of IS workers, and community employment program like clearing and cleaning of open canals and waterways among others.
Aside from Negros Occidental, DOLE is also assisting eight projects in Iloilo with a total cost of P4,624,032, which is expected to benefit 721 returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), unemployed workers, fisher folks and out-of school youths in the municipalities of Oton, Tubungan, Carles and Guimbal, Ligutom said.
The provinces of Capiz, Aklan and Antique also received P1,450,720, P1,343,600, P300,000 in livelihood assistance from DOLE, respectively and has benefited several unemployed residents, farmers and out of school youths, he also said.
These projects are motorcycle spareparts, rice retailing, meat processing, furniture shop, carinderia, loading station, fish training, poultry, piggery, sari-sari store, chicken/egg trading, electronics & service center, rice trading, frozen food trading, tricycle repair shop, fish & vegetable trading, burger stand, service room rental, maternity clinic, and fishing and dried fish production.
DOLE Region 6 is expected to release P22.568 million for the formation of, or enhancement of the existing livelihood projects of the unemployed and IS workers, out-of-school youths and marginalized fisher folks and farmers, among others and community employment programs of various local government units which aim to provide or augment income to the beneficiaries by the end of 2013.
Ligutom said the capacity building training in labor laws as well as in programs being undertaken by 37 Labor Laws Compliance Officers from Regions 6,7 and 8 at the Sugar Workers Development Center being held at the Sugar Workers Development Center at the DOLE office in Bacolod City, is ending today.
He said the LLCOs will implement the new Labor Law Compliance System which is a mix of developmental and regulatory approaches that benefit micro, small and medium enterprises and addresses existing rigidities while ensuring decent and productive work.
Ligtuom added that new LLCS employs approaches like joint assessment, compliance visit and occupational safety and health investigation.*APN