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Recently, fifty-two (52) informal sector workers to start anew as they get livelihood starter-kits from the Department of Labor and Employment Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE Rizal).

In collaboration with the City Government of Antipolo, DOLE Rizal has successfully granted livelihood packages to the identified beneficiaries intended for fishball and siomai business, burger business, and banana cue business.

The said activity is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), one of the flagship programs of DOLE wherein the Department grants materials for livelihood start-ups of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized sector workers.


During the awarding, Rizal Provincial Director, Marivic B. Martinez asked the beneficiaries if they could grant the request of the Department from them to maintain the business.

“May kahilingan lang po kami. Sa loob ng isang buwan, dalawang buwan huwag niyo pong gagalawin ‘yung kikitain niyo diyan. Bakit? Kasi ‘yun na po ang irorolyo ninyo [na punahan],” Martinez expressed.

Martinez added that slight reduction on their original capital could affect the operations of their business.

Sonia Arica, a 45-year-old DILP beneficiary from Brgy. Beverly Hills seconded the statement of the Provincial Director for she believes that she is lucky enough to be the recipient of this livelihood aid.

"‘Yung pinagbentahan niyan, hindi muna gagalawin. Tama nga ‘yung sinabi ni Ma’am kanina, kapag ginalaw na ‘yung kita niyan, so wala ka nang paiikutin. Eh ito wala naman kaming puhunan dito. Ako, napakasuwerte ko kasi isa ako sa napili," Arica said.

Arica, an on-call masseuse in Antipolo, admitted that her life during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic was never easy. Most of her clients decline her service offering for they were afraid to possibly contract the virus. Raising three kids with no definite source of income pushed Arica to seek help from the City Government of Antipolo and to DOLE-Rizal Provincial Office.

Luckily, Arica’s request was granted. That is why she is thankful to the Department for the livelihood aid she received.

“Salamat kasi, kahit papaano, ito ‘yung project nila malaking tulong pandadagdag [kita] sa pamilya namin. Maraming salamat sa DOLE,” Arica expressed.

Arica received a Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKart) for meryenda business. She could use her experience in selling food products online to further widen her market reach.


“Dati, nagluluto-luto rin po ako sa bahay. Minsan naglalaga po ako ng mais tapos ilalako ko. Tapos pinipicturan ko, inaano (ipinapasa) ko sa mga kaibigan ko, so, siguro ganoon din ang gagawin ko ngayon,” Arica added.

Livelihood Development Specialist Marecris Agasid and Antipolo PESO Manager Marie Fe Iquin assisted Provincial Director Martinez in awarding the Kabuhayan Projects.

DOLE Rizal has also awarded 12 sari-sari store packages, welding starter kit, taho vending package, bakery business, and two delivery business starters in Antipolo last March 30.


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