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Empowering Informal Sector Workers. Beneficiaries pose with DOLE Region IV-A Livelihood Team.

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – On 07 June 2019, DOLE CALABARZON gives equal importance to informal sector workers by celebrating the Labor Day with them led by the Employment and Welfare Division held at Doña Jovita Garden Resort, Calamba City.

In his remarks, DOLE CALABARZON Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena said that “it is imperative for us to acknowledge the informal sector workers just like how we acknowledge their formal counterparts and hear their calls.” Director Jalbuena likewise mentioned the contributions of the Overseas Filipino Workers, homeworkers, women and young workers, workers in agriculture, service and industrial sector, entrepreneurs, self-employed and other informal sector workers, adding that their significant role in the economic and social development is totally indispensable.

Ms. Veronica Ambagan, President of UAPA, Ms. Victoria Natanauan of DOLE Rizal Provincial Office and Ms. Aprilyn Irish Mesa, PESO Manager of Alabat in all smiles as they receive the Plaque of Recognition from Director Jalbuena assisted by Employment and Welfare Officer-in-Charge Redempta V. Aquino

In the event, Director Jalbuena conferred the award as the Best Regional DOLE Livelihood Assisted Project to United Amadeo Producers Association (UAPA). UAPA also earned the nomination to vie for the national awards and landed as 3rd place in video documentation. Likewise, the Local Government Unit of Alabat, Quezon was named Best LGU in Implementing DILP in CALABARZON, and the Best DILP Focal Person Award was conferred to Ms. Victoria B. Natanuan of DOLE-Rizal Provincial Office.

To orient the attendees on their social protection services, representatives from PhilHealth, SSS, Pag-IBIG Fund, and ECC took the opportune time to cater their interventions for the beneficiaries’ information and possible availment. New livelihood grants were also awarded to the following groups: Tulungan sa Kabuhayan ng Calawis, Inc amounting to Php 1,689,580.00; and Association of Shoe & Bag Makers & Retailers, Inc. amounting to Php 1,000,000.00.

In his report to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, Director Jalbuena noted that he is pleased with the performance of the CALABARZON Region in promoting livelihood undertakings as equally important as wage employment for increased job generation and productivity among the members of the CALABARZON workforce.

The activity was attended by the selected livelihood beneficiaries of the DOLE CALABARZON as well as those enrolled in its Sustainable Livelihood Framework. Director Jalbuena encouraged the other participants to “be inspired and make use of the grants they have received to succeed in their chosen livelihood projects and eventually, be recognized as well.”

The DOLE Sustainable Livelihood Framework is the strategic approach of the Department towards effective and efficient implementation of its livelihood program which will ultimately contribute to the attainment of the nation’s goal of inclusive growth. It is a five-year strategic plan from starting up or re-building livelihood, stabilizing and enhancing the same in the first three (3) years. On its 4th year, the goal of the framework is to facilitate its transition from small scale to enterprise level, and finally, the transformation stage on its 5th and last year. The DOLE has adopted several strategies for the framework to materialize its goals varying from infusion of capital, alliance building, advanced capability building, convergence strategies with line agencies, product innovation and promotion, business expansion and improved access to support services.


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