Press Releases
Not the end but the beginning. Maria (left) and Virgilio (right) received sacks of rice for their “Bigasan” as part of the DOLE Laguna Provincial Office livelihood grants.

Job security for private employees might not go as far as reaching the maximum working age for a hefty retirement package; but nonetheless, it provides a guarantee that workers get to receive sufficient benefits proportionate to the length of service rendered not to mention additional assistance from the government.

DOLE Laguna has always been there for local workers looking after their rights, claims and entitlements the moment they are admitted for work up to the moment they are separated from service. When it comes to retrenchment, intervention starts from the 30-day notice prior to the laying-off of workers which does not end at the payment of separation pay. Instead, it goes up to providing livelihood assistance for displaced workers.

PD Guido R. Recio recently awarded livelihood grants to four displaced workers worth approximately Php79,343.75 under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program. This assistance in form of goods was given to displaced workers upon submission of application form, project proposal and other requirements to prove eligibility for the grant. As soon as complete requirements have been submitted, Ms. Lorena Gacosta, Provincial Livelihood Focal, will process the application.

Sure, it was tough for Raymond, 45 years old, to be separated from work after having been employed as a salesman at a multinational company in Calamba City. He will have to make up for his share in the monthly household income to be able to continue sending his three children to school. With Php19, 948.97 grant worth of goods for sale, he will have a chance to put up his own sari-sari store and support the family.

The same thing might have struck Sanrio, another sales agent who is 37 years of age, anguished on how he will explain to his wife that he will be handing over his last salary. His daily income from the newly-opened sari-sari store, made possible by the livelihood assistance, is supposed to cover for the company pay-out he will be missing every month. And, he is using his spare time to go to a vocational school to learn some technical skills that might come in handy.

Maria, 25 years old formerly working with an airline company, had been starting out with her career when everything was suddenly put on hold. She had to pull herself together upon receipt of her last pay in hopes of something better to come her way. Now a recipient of a livelihood package worth Php19, 645.50, she can take her chances as a newbie business owner.

Perhaps it was more tormenting for Virgilio, a 57-year-old utility man at a government agency, who had to work as a construction worker after having been separated from service. He and his wife have been taking precarious and tedious jobs to support their five children. Also granted with a “bigasan package,” the couple can have a fairly stable source of income when managed accordingly.

Running these small businesses might not yield earnings equivalent to the monthly paychecks used to be enjoyed by the formerly employed DILP beneficiaries, but who knows, they might be able to make the most of income opportunities at hand. At least this time they are already in control of how long they intend to be in operation.


Director's Corner
Welcome to the official website of the Republic of Philippines' Department of Labor and Employment in Region 4-A CALABARZON.
Contact us:

Your Email


(Maximum characters: 50)
You have characters left.

Your Message

(Maximum characters: 300)
You have characters left.