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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the province of Quezon has recently distributed livelihood assistance to 33 beneficiaries from Lucena City.

DOLE Quezon Provincial Head Edwin T. Hernandez said that they will provide livelihood assistance to those affected by the pandemic in the province, hoping that it will help them survive the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to Mr. Hernandez, DOLE’s Kabuhayan Program is a livelihood formation strategy that is intended to bring about improved socio-economic well-being of workers in the informal economy, in group/sectors with special concerns, and displaced wage workers both local and abroad and their families. Furthermore, the program provides a livelihood starter kit consisting of package of services that will enable the target beneficiaries to start quickly a livelihood undertaking and become self-employed. It also aims to engage them in sustainable self-employment through easy to learn livelihood undertakings.

“Our office will continuously provide the necessary assistance to all sectors of the community in the province to help them cope up with the adverse effects of the pandemic,” he added.

Of the 33 beneficiaries, 25 received sari-sari store package while 8 received bigasan projects with the total amount of P624,951.00.

“Hindi po nangangahulugan na sa panahon ng pandemya ay mawawalan na din tayo ng pag-asa sa buhay (It doesn’t mean that we will lose hope in life during pandemic),” said Meneleo B. Lopez, one of the beneficiaries.

Lopez has regained his hope after receiving livelihood assistance from DOLE Quezon Provincial Office.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa DOLE at sa City Government of Lucena sa pagbibigay sa amin ng pangkabuhayan. Gagawin po naming ang lahat ng aming makakaya upang palaguin ito dahil malaking bagay ito sa pagtulong sa aming pamilya, lalo na ngayong may pandemya (We are grateful to DOLE and to the City Government of Lucena for providing us with livelihood assistance. We will strive to make this successful as it will greatly help the family, especially during this pandemic),” Lopez added.

Like Lopez, other beneficiaries reported that they either lost their jobs or livelihood because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also present during the distribution of individual livelihood project which was held on June 7, 2021 in front of the City Hall of Lucena are Lucena City Councilors Anacleto “Third” Alcala III and Baste Brizuela, Lucena City PESO Manager Maria Cristina Encina, Lucena City Youth Ambassador Mark Don Victor Alcala and Lucena City Administrator Anacleto C. Alcala Jr.


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