SLF implementation in Davao Region inked 

Davao City – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI together with partner agencies has signed on Friday, July 28, 2017, the memorandum of understanding (MoU) in support to the implementation of the Sustainable Livelihood Framework (SLF) in Davao Region.

The MoU signing was conducted during the first Workers in the Informal Sector Summit at Sunny Point Hotel. Signatories include DOLE XI Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, Department Trade and Industry XI Director Ma. Belenda Q. Ambi, Department of Science and Technology XI Director Anthony C. Sales, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority XI Director Gaspar S. Gayona, and Department of Agriculture XI Director Ricardo M. Oñate. It was witnessed by DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod and Workers in the Informal Economy Development Division (WIEDD) Chief Ma. Lourdes J. Gonzales.

Participated by different DOLE XI assisted organizations in the region, an orientation on SLF was conducted during the summit. Under SLF, DOLE XI together with partner agencies will work hand in hand in five years in helping these organizations to become a community enterprise.

Here in the region, 20 organizations have been chosen to be assisted under the SLF which will cover about 11,000 total organization members.

“Our projects in support of our informal sectors are livelihood. We have Dole integrated livelihood and employment program. We extend this program to our informal sectors, women, youth, people with disabilities, marginalized farmers, and Lumad. We also want to help our Moro brothers especially here in Mindanao. It is really necessary that all sectors be organized to build their own cooperatives and organizations which they can apply for accreditation from Dole then we will assess what assistance we can provide them. This is to give livelihood to our displaced workers especially our informal sectors,” DOLE Undersecretary Maglunsod said during his message.

Best DOLE XI Assisted Livelihood winners were also awarded during the event. The winners are Judith Dela Torre from Davao del Sur for the individual category and Callawan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative from Compostela Valley for the group category.

Moreover, a grand prize of three tricycles was also given away during the which was won by Fe Pineda from the PWD sector, Mary Ann Miel from the women sector and Anecito Geraldez from the senior citizen sector.

Kriztja Marae G. Labrador/LCO-DOLEXI