The Department of Labor and Employment XI, through its Davao del Sur Field Office (DSFO), awarded a total of Php 7,929,760.00 livelihood assistance to various Accredited Co-Partners in Davao del Sur on January 13-14, 2022.

Through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), Kiblawan Small Farmers Association, with 50 beneficiaries, received cash assistance worth Php 300,000.00 for their Rice and Veterinary Supplies Retailing Station Project. The Local Government Units of Digos City and Magsaysay received Php 1,754,280.00 and Php 299,800.00, respectively, for the implementation of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Work Program (TUPAD). Meanwhile, Free Planters Cooperative received Php 5,575,680.00 for the implementation of Government Internship Program in the province. The turnover activities were led by DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director Atty. Jason P. Balais.

DILP is one of the DOLE’s flagship programs that opens economic opportunities to the vulnerable and marginalized workers by providing them access to grant assistance for capacity building on entrepreneurial ventures, for either individual or group undertaking. TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed. While GIP aims to provide opportunity for young workers to demonstrate skills in the field of public service and eventually attract them to pursue a career in government service.

“DOLE XI is determined to bring more assistance, especially to the displaced workers in the region, through our various livelihood and employment programs. We are also motivated to improve and enhance our delivery of programs and services to support more workers during this challenging time,” said DOLE XI OIC-Regional Director Atty. Randolf C. Pensoy.