SOME 156 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) returnees and parents of child laborers from Pangasinan recently received P1.560 million from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I (DOLE-RO1) as start-up capital for their self-employment activities.
DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra and First District Rep. Jesus “Boying” Celeste led the awarding of check amounting to P1 million for 100 OFW returnees and their dependents in Bolinao.
The amount will be used to fund the beneficiaries’ Kabuhayan Starter Kit (KSK) projects that include welding, dressmaking, bread and pastry, wellness and body massage, plumbing and butchery.
On the other hand, 56 parents of child laborers in Agno town received P560,000 for their sari-sari store, frozen goods and kakanin vending under the Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa Program (KASAMA).
Lacambra said the assistance given the beneficiaries are part of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program or Kabuhayan that aims to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability risks of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.
He said the livelihood activities will serve as alternative source of income for the beneficiaries.
For the parents, it is a way of discouraging them from utilizing their children in hazardous forms of child labor for family income while the OFW returnees can have a source of livelihood and stay home if they prefer to, instead of working abroad, he added. (Tita Roces)