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DOLE Rizal strengthened its partnership with Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) as they join hands in providing P195,000-worth of livelihood assistance to Southville 8-C Homeowners Association last August 31.

DOLE-Rizal, in partnership with PCUP, awarded PhP 195,000-worth of groceries, rice sacks, and other materials needed for a general merchandise to the members of Southville 8-C Homeowners Association.

DOLE and PCUP are working hand-in-hand in answering the plight of the poor. Through their convergence program, PCUP recommends urban poor communities or associations that they are monitoring to any DOLE provincial or field offices for the formation of livelihood in the identified community.

Rosemarie B. Makimkim, Head of Social Enterprise Development Unit of PCUP, reminisced how its convergence with DOLE-Rizal happened amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nitong pandemic, talagang nangailangan sila[urban poor communities]. So, nag-endorse kami ng mga grupo tapos nanghingi kami ng convergence sa iba-ibang opisina. So nag-meet, tapos nag-ano[nagpasa] ng kanilang proposal kung ano ang kanilang gustong gawin. ‘Yung proposal na ‘yun, inendorse namin sa DOLE,” Makimkim recalled.

Prior to the awarding of livelihood aid to Southville 8-C Homeowners Association, PCUP conducted entrepreneurship-related seminars to the group. To further equip the members of the association, PCUP also requested counterpart seminars on livelihood management from DOLE Rizal.

Makimkim also expressed her gratitude to DOLE Rizal for accommodating them every time they refer urban poor communities to the Department for livelihood assistance.
“On behalf ng Chairman namin, talagang nagpapasalamat at tuwang-tuwa [si Chairman], dahil kahit papaano napagbigyan kami ng DOLE na kahit papaano matulungan itong mga mga taong ito, maiangat sana natin ang mga buhay nila,” Makimkim said.

Marivic B. Martinez, Director of DOLE Rizal, on the other hand, reminded the beneficiaries to give importance to the aid that they received from the government.

“Itong livelihood [assistance] na ito, tandaan lang po natin [na] ito ay isang biyaya at pagpaparamdam na mayroon tayong pamahalaan na nagbibigay importansya sa mga katulad niyo na nangangailangan ng pangkabuhayan. Ang gusto lang po naming [ay] ibalik niyo po sa DOLE, sa PCUP ang tiwalang ipinagkaloob namin sa inyo,” Martinez exclaimed.

Southville 8-C Homeowners Association President Myrna Gabino expressed her gratitude to DOLE and PCUP for providing the livelihood that the community needs.

“Kami po… ako ay nagpapasalamat unang-una sa PCUP, sa DOLE po nagpapasalamat po kami dahil bibigyan niyo po kami ng pangkabuhayan. Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyo!” Gabino said.

With the assistance of its 30 members, Gabino envisioned to expand their general merchandise business to be able to contribute to their community.

Director Marivic B. Martinez together with DILP Focal Janine Rivera spearheaded the awarding ceremony. Rosemarie B. Makimkim together with other PCUP representatives also joined the program.

DOLE RPO commits to continue supporting other government agencies especially in providing job opportunities and livelihood grants to Filipinos in need even amidst the global pandemic.

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