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P7.8M livelihood assistance highlights 2019 Kalayaan Jobs

City of Catbalogan – The celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence in Eastern Visayas, held at the Provincial Covered Court of this city last June 18, 2019, was highlighted with an awarding of livelihood grants amounting to P7,809,411.45.

The said amount will benefit a total of six hundred eleven (611) beneficiaries of twenty-one (21) approved livelihood project proposals of LGU Hinabangan, Samar, LGU-Oras, Eastern Samar, SNPOSA Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Eastern Samar National Comprehensive High School (ESNCHS). Mayor Elena Dieza of LGU Hinabangan, together with some of the representatives of the recipient associations were present to personally receive the grants.

Among the projects funded were Furniture-Making, Fruits and Vegetable Production, Food Catering Service and Rentals of Catering Equipment, Farming Materials and Agrivet Retailing, Mini-Grocery, Swine Fattening, Water Refilling Station and Bread and Pastry Production.

DOLE Regional Office VIII Director Yahya A. Centi expressed his commitment to continuously assist the region especially the Samar Island in reducing poverty through DOLE’s livelihood program. He said, “We at DOLE are trying so hard to let our clients feel that we are doing something for the good of the region. These livelihood grants are exact evidence that we are serious in serving Eastern Visayas.”

Also present to grace the occasion were DOLE-Samar Field Office Officer-in-Charge, Engr. Aleksei Ceasar D. Abellar, Samar Province Police Colonel Dante Novicio, Brigadier General Alex D. Luna of the 801st Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, Department of Trade and Industry Regional Director Celerina T. Bato, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager of Catbalogan City, Mr. Albert Hilary L. Ramos and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Samar Coordinator, Ms. Golda Meir T. Tabao.

The following heads of DOLE-Attached Agencies were also in attendance to support the annual celebration: Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod of National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), Regional Director Gemma R. Poloyapoy of National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) OIC-Regional Director Mary Catherine O. Pastor of Overseas Workers Welfare Admistration (OWWA), Board Secretary Reynaldo Soliveres of Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), Ms. Catherine D. Dasigan of National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Engr. Maria Elena L. Diez of Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and Ms. Michelle C. Basal of Employees Compensation Commission (ECC).

Meanwhile, a total of three thousand one hundred ninety (3,190) job vacancies were brought in by the seventeen (17) local and three (3) overseas employers who joined the Jobs Fair.

As reported to the DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), a total of five hundred seventy-nine (579) jobseekers coming from the Samar area have registered in the jobs fair. Of the total registrants, two hundred sixty-one (261) were qualified, seventy-three (73) applicants were Hired-On-The Spot (HOTS) while some sixty-five (65) jobseekers were categorized as Near Hires. 

In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the one-day Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) undertaking also featured a Trade Fair which was participated by seventeen (17) exhibitors from the Samar Province. Total sales generated amounted to P59,056.00. Also, an entrepreneurial seminar was conducted to cater to those who have business inclinations. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano

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