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Fisherfolk, farmers get P1M worth of livelihood grants

August 09, 2019 - Friday 10:08 AM by Lovely Carillo

Article Banner Image INSPIRING.DOLE 11 Assistant Regional Director Atty. Jason Balais urged members of the Balet Farmers and Fisher Folks Association (BFFA) to take good care of the grant and use it for the benefit of their families. The beneficiaries received a livelihood package from the government worth P1 million. PHOTO: DOLE 11

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Davao Region handed over a livelihood grant worth P1 million to fisherfolk and farmers from Balet, Babak District, Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) last month.

“Consider this livelihood grant as a gift from God wherein you are the stewards. So, take good care of this gift, use it to generate income and employment in the community,”  DOLE 11 Assistant Regional Director Atty. Jason Balais during the handover of the grant to the membeers of the Balet Farmers and Fisher Folks Association (BFFA).

DOLE 11 reported that the fisherfolk received 32 motor engines, 3 fish shelters (payaw), and fishing gear accessories, tools and equipment. The women, on the other hand, were given sewing machines for garments making.

The grant is part of DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), a regular program of the department.

Meanwhile, up to 26 labor inspectors from DOLE attended a specialized training on the working conditions in the agricultural sector. The training was held at the Hijo Resorts Davao in Tagum City from August 6  to 9.

DOLE 11 said the training aims to capacitate a core group of regional labor inspectors in the conduct of labor inspection in agriculture. The core group will then lead the conduct of inspections in their respective regions and roll out similar trainings in the future.

The core group are also expected to come up with a set of proposals for inter-agency cooperation, which can then be proposed by DOLE to relevant government agencies.

The resource speakers of the activity which was conducted by the Bureau of Working Conditions (DOLE BWC),  are Director Khalid Hassan of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines; Ms. Cerilyn Pastolero, ILO Project Manager, and Dr. Linda Matisane, ILO Consultant.

“This opportunity is a big leap for DOLE inspectors to know more on the problems besetting the agriculture sector,” DOLE 11 Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante said. Moreover, he added, it  will empower you to handle squarely on concerns as regards labor issues in this industry.