SOME 47 beneficiaries from Barangay Canduman, Mandaue City recently received financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 7 worth P1.4 million pesos.
DOLE 7 granted each beneficiary P29,000 to P30,000, depending on the requirements of their individual projects, through the agency’s Starter Kit Assistance (SKA) package under its Kabuhayan Program.
With the capital, the beneficiaries will soon engage in various projects, such as setting up a sari-sari store of frozen food, dried fish and other items, fish vending, barbecue selling, putting up eateries, bag making, overruns selling, ready-to-wear and meat selling, coffee machine vending, and snacks selling, among others.
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DOLE 7 Tri-City Field Office Head Emmanuel Ferrer said that Barangay Canduman is one of the many barangays in the cities of Mandaue, Cebu, and Lapu-Lapu that is “greatly challenged economically by the (Covid-19) pandemic.”
“A lot of these working poor have lost their livelihood due to border closures, trade restrictions, and confinement measures. Because of these, many of them became unemployed and those considered self-employed were prevented to earn a living,” he said.
DOLE 7 partnered with the local government unit of Barangay Canduman for the implementation of the livelihood projects, saying they are optimistic that the barangay officials will be active in canvassing materials needed for each project, liquidating expenses, and monitoring the sustainability of these businesses.
The agency released the check of P1.4 million to Canduman Barangay Captain Dante A. Borbajo at the DOLE Regional Office. (NRC, PR)