Cebu City, Philippines. Farmers, fisher folks, drivers, vendors, unpaid family members, and other workers who belong to the most vulnerable sector can avail of financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment to transition them from informal to the formal economy.
This was emphasized by DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod as he encouraged qualified workers to avail of DOLE’s Kabuhayan program, which is one of the components of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), during the recent Labor Day celebration for the Informal Sector Workers.
DOLE’s Kabuhayan program enables the workers to build a viable employment option through income-generating livelihood activities.
Atty. Ma. Karina P. Trayvilla, Director of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), added that the DOLE could grant livelihood assistance to workers in the informal economy under two categories – group and individual projects.
For group projects, an organization with 15 to 25 members could avail of a maximum financial assistance of PHP250,000.00.
An organization composed of 26 to 50 members could avail up to PHP500,000.00; while an organization composed of more than 50 members could be granted a maximum assistance of PHP1,000,000.00.
Atty. Trayvilla said that for group projects, an organization with 15 to 25 members could avail of a maximum financial assistance of PHP250,000.00. An organization composed of 26 to 50 members could avail up to PHP500,000.00; while an organization composed of more than 50 members could be granted a maximum assistance of PHP1,000,000.00.
Under individual projects, workers can avail of the Starter Kit or Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart) up to PHP20,000.00.
Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria A. Tango also urged the Labor Day for Informal Sector participants to work hand-in-hand with the Department in attaining inclusive growth.
Eligible beneficiaries of the DOLE’s Kabuhayan Program include those who are self-employed with insufficient income; marginalized and landless farmers; marginalized fisherfolks; unpaid family members; women and youth; low/minimum wage earners and seasonal workers; workers displaced or to be displaced as a result of natural disasters or closure of establishments, retrenched and terminate workers; persons with disability (PWDs); senior citizens; indigenous people; parents or guardians of child laborers; rebel returnees; and victims of armed conflict.
The national celebration of Labor Day for Information Sectors in Cebu gathered more than 300 attendees coming from the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Alliance of Workers in the Informal Sector (ALLWIES) and several other workers’ associations.