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Php5.8 M Assistance Augments Coop Members' Livelihood


Antique Field Office Head Carmela Abellar orients the beneficiaries of the DOLE’s livelihood program intended to uplift their economic condition. In the background, sacks of rice are ready for distribution to member-beneficiaries. 

The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 6 through its Antique Field Office recently released Five Million Eight Hundred Forty Thousand Pesos (P5,840,000) for various livelihood projects of San Jose Multi-Purpose Cooperative members in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique.




“DOLE, with this financial assistance, has provided opportunities to help the coop members improve their living condition, “said DOLE RO No. 6 Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao.


After receiving 10 sacks of rice and a weighing scale, Adea Hiponia expressed her determination to improve her livelihood, “Nagpapasalamat  ako sa DOLE sa malaking tulong na ibinigay sa akin at sa aking pamilya.  Sisikapin ko na mapalago itong pangkabuhayan ko na rice retailing para matustusan ko ang pag-aaral ng tatlo (3) kong anak dahil walang trabaho ang aking asawa.” (I and my family is thankful for this project. I will try to make this rice retailing project grow. This will help the studies of my children because my husband is jobless.)

Among the 188 project beneficiaries, the 49-year old Hiponia is one of the 57 who will venture in rice retailing project.

Dir. Ticao emphasized that the livelihood assistance targets the marginalized sector of the community, “We are extending our services to beneficiaries such as farmers, seasonal laborers, tricycle drivers, women, livestock raisers, PWDs, senior citizens, self-employed and ambulant vendors.” 

Daku gid ang pasalamat ko sa DOLE sa gintugro nga rice retailing project.  Kabay pa nga padayon ang pagbulig sang DOLE sa mga imol nga pareho ko para madugangan ang amon pangabuhian. (Thank you DOLE for the rice retailing project. May you continue helping uplift the livelihood of poor families like us),” said Felicidad Caburnay, a senior citizen, whose income from her sari-sari store is not enough to sustain the needs of her family and for the medication of an ailing husband.

For Leo Batocael, the rice retailing project he availed from DOLE will provide him additional income to support his family especially his parents, “Salamat gid DOLE sa oportunidad kag sa inyo bulig sa akon kag sa akon pamilya (Thank you DOLE for providing help and opportunity for me and my family.”)   

The livelihood assistance also funded the bonsai propagation and selling project, carinderia and refreshment, food vending, hand embroidery, frozen foods retailing, hog fattening, bread and pastries making, cattle fattening, shoe and bag repair, sewing and tailoring, meat vending, softdrinks retailing and other income-generating projects. 

Ms. Rodelyn Vera Cruz-Berto, general manager of San Jose Multi-Purpose Cooperative, expressed her gratitude to DOLE for the financial assistance that paved the way for the formation and enhancement of various income-generating projects of the identified beneficiaries particularly in this time of pandemic. 

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