Beneficiaries of DOLE Livelihood Program with DOLE-CAR Reg’l Dir. Nathaniel Lacambra (center) and representatives from PNP PROCOR. (photo credit: Mr. Aries Sauro)

Bangued, Abra – The Department of Labor and Employment – Abra Field Office (DOLE-AFO) granted assistance through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, and TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program to beneficiaries from various municipalities of Abra on November 9, 2021.

In a brief but meaningful program held at the Abra PPO Covered Court, DOLE-Cordillera Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, CESO III, and PCOL John C. Chua of Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO) PROCOR, delivered an inspirational message before the attendees and participants of the awarding ceremony.

The ceremony, hosted by the DOLE Abra Field Office staff, highlights the Government’s programs towards poverty alleviation, and its whole-of-nation approach against identified communist terrorist groups (CTGs) in the region.

82 Rebel Returnees or former Militia ng Bayan received income generating livelihood assistance in order to transform them into productive partners in nation building.

A total amount of Php 1,739,947.00 in the form of starter kits was provided to 63 rebel returnees who requested for a small sari-sari store (small retail business) livelihood project, whereas 19 opted for livestock projects such as piggery, poultry, or goat-raising.

The initial resources provided for their livelihood projects included assorted goods for sari-sari stores, and domestic livestock and feeds for animal-raising.

Similarly, a check amounting to Php 5,560,800 was awarded to the Local Government Unit of Bangued to benefit 993 worker-individuals from various barangays.

The TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers 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.

Recipients of the Livelihood and TUPAD programs expressed their gratefulness for the financial assistance, stating that these will have a huge impact in their lives.


END//Daryll Ponard with reports from Abra Field Office