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DOLE Laguna Holds Livelihood Orientation For Parents Of Child Laborers
Just The Beginning. Profiled Child Laborers during the Project Angel Tree Gift-Giving Activity in celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor.

For DOLE Laguna Provincial Office, the story of profiled child laborers does not end in the distribution of school supplies and scholarship grants during the celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor. Assistance extends to parents of child laborers in efforts to provide additional source of income for the household. With livelihood grants in their midst, these families are expected to provide sufficient support for their children to lure the latter away from working at a tender age.

On 7 August 2019, DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio welcomed parents of profiled child laborers in the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, Project Proposal Drafting and Basic Bookkeeping Orientation. The activity intends to guide participants not only on how to become livelihood grant beneficiaries but also how to sustain the enterprise. Besides, it is longevity that measures the success of a venture.

Provincial Livelihood Focal Lorena Gacosta introduced the attendees to Department Order No. 173-17, “Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of the Department of Labor and Employment Emergency Employment and Integrated Livelihood Program” underscoring the Kabuhayan Program Process which includes the (1) pre-implementation phase; (2) implementation phase; and (3) post-implementation phase.

The attendees being at the pre-implementation stage are trained on how to “plan, setup, start and operate their livelihood undertakings.” It is for this reason that Ms. Daisy G. Ramos, a Senior Labor and Employment Officer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy, shared her expertise in bookkeeping and project proposal drafting. She managed to simplify the idea to easily explain the matter to beneficiaries curious on how they can take the first step to avail of the grant.

One of participants is a mother helping out in a canteen with a spouse working as a tricycle driver. She earnestly listened to the speakers upon learning that the activity would give a chance to augment the limited family income. She is now one step ahead in availing of the DOLE Pangkabuhayan Grant.

Like the rest of the group, she is a parent to a profiled child laborer. Her eldest was exposed to the value of labor at an early age collecting and selling junk items to save up for weekly school allowance. With the livelihood assistance, perhaps her son could focus more on his studies while tending to his siblings.

Perhaps the Sari-Sari Store Kabuhayan package is the perfect choice for a canteen helper who intends to sell goods to her neighbors. DOLE Laguna provides assistance in the form of products for a rice retail store bigasan, neighborhood sundry shop, or frozen food stall. True enough, several livelihood opportunities await the group of 50 prospective beneficiaries.

Upon picking a livelihood venture, the identified parents of child laborers will have to go through the application process. There are documentary requirements to ensure eligibility to avail of the DOLE Pangkabuhayan Grant. Processing of application for livelihood grant commences once the complete documents are submitted.

With the release of livelihood assistance, profiled child laborers could at least have a fair chance to get a happy ending to their story of hard work.



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