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To provide sustainable livelihood assistance to parents of child laborers, the Department of Labor and Employment Batangas Provincial Office (DOLE BPO) awarded 39 nego-karts to beneficiaries from the municipalities of San Pascual, Bauan, and Mabini, Batangas last April 29.

During the morning distribution, DOLE BPO Director Predelma Tan headed the release to 26 beneficiaries from San Pascual and Bauan held at the Municipal Gymnasium of San Pascual, Batangas.

Aside from DOLE personnel, San Pascual Mayor Antonio Dimayuga, San Pascual Municipal Administrator Atty. Sherwin Gardner A. Barola, San Pascual PESO Manager Mr. Rolando I. Gonzalez Jr., San Pascual Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) Officer Rowena Dalangin, and Bauan MSWD Officer Cynthia Togle also graced the event.


For Benedicta Abu a beneficiary from Brgy. Sto Domingo, Bauan, her newly-received nego-kart will help cover their family’s everyday needs.

“Napakalaking halaga po niyan sa amin, pangkabuhayan. Unang una nga po ay hindi na po ako mag-iisip palagi ng kung saan ako kukuha ng pang-araw-araw naming gastusin dahil unang una po ay mayroon na po kaming ganitong pagkakakitaan,” she shared.

With utmost joy, beneficiaries thanked the department for extending aid to their families, especially in these trying times.

“Napakalaki pong pasasalamat namin kasi isa kami sa napili na mabigyan ng negosyo ng DOLE…Sobrang laki pong tulong lalo na po sa pang-araw-araw,” Ma. Magdalena Como, beneficiary from Brgy. Danglayan, San Pascual said.


Fe De Chavez, recipient of the nego-kart from Brgy. Poblacion, San Pascual also expressed her awe and excitement upon receiving their new business startup with hopes of ending the child labor in their family.

“Hindi ko po inaakalang ganito kalaki ang maibigay sa amin kaya maraming maraming salamat po talaga sa DOLE,” she exclaimed.

Meanwhile, DOLE BPO Child Labor Focal Person, Mr. Darius Allan Lubis together with Community Facilitator, Ms. April Rose Magpantay, led another set of distribution of nego-karts to parents of child laborers in Mabini, Batangas.

As representative of the Local Government Unit of Mabini, PESO Manager Ms. Jesema Gutierrez shared a message to the 13 beneficiaries from various barangays in their municipality.

During the distribution, Anabel Adao shared that the livelihood assistance will capacitate their family to have sustainable source of income which can remove her child from resorting to the worst form of labor.


“Maraming maraming salamat po sa DOLE at sana po ay marami pa kayong matulungan…Alam ko hong mapapatigil na ang aking anak sa pagtatrabaho. Malaking tulong na ho are. Makakapag-focus na po sa pag-aaaral ang aking anak,” Anabel remarked.

As a single mother of three, Analyn Lopez turned emotional after receiving her dream of having a food cart for their family.

“Malaking tulong po ito sa akin dahil ako po ay single mother, may mother po akong pinaggaamit, may tatlong anak po akong pinag-aaral, pagyayamin ko Ma’am, para po akong pinatama sa Lotto. Thank you po!” she uttered.


Aside from the cart itself, the livelihood package includes an acrylic food dispenser, single burner stove, brand new tank, perishable foods and accessories worth Php 29, 944.00, and insurance from GSIS.

The mentioned assistance aimed to uplift the lives of the chosen families and contribute to the child labor prevention and elimination program of the department which is to withdraw the child from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation, discrimination, and other conditions prejudicial to their development including child labor and its worst forms.



Community Facilitator
DOLE-Batangas Provincial Office

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