MUNICIPALITY OF GUIPOS – Beneficiaries from the municipality of Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur received Kabuhayan Starter Kits (KSK) for carpentry and dressmaking from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 9 through its field office in Zamboanga del Sur, in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Guipos through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

Regional Director Atty. Roy L. Buenafe reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello that these livelihood projects amounted to PHP 343,020.00 benefitting 20 individuals.

The provision of KSK falls under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) which is the Department’s contribution to the government’s agenda of poverty reduction and inclusive growth through promotion of livelihood and entrepreneurship.

The activity was held at Municipal Gymnasium, Guipos, ZDS on July 17, 2021.

ZDSFO Head, Ms. Miraflor J. Casanes, addressed the beneficiaries during the turn-over ceremony saying:

“Hopefully, these starter kits that will be provided to you will augment the income for your daily needs, especially at this time of the pandemic.”

She also mentioned the significance of the PESO which provides employment facilitation services in the municipality.

Beneficiaries were oriented on DOLE’s other programs and services, Occupational Safety and Health aspect for the Informal Sector, which highlighted the importance of having a healthy and safe workplace as well as Financial Literacy to help understand and use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing to be able to sustain their respective business/ income generating undertaking.

Mayor Dodo Cajeta, represented by the Municipal Administrator, Mr. Ponciano Cajeta, together with the SB members of the municipality witnessed the said ceremony.

DOLE 9 has already released livelihood projects to 372 individuals in Zamboanga del Sur for the period of January to June 2021. END/With a report from Michael VIncent Macrohon, LEO-III, ZDSFO