The Department of Labor and Employment-Baguio Benguet Field Office (DOLE-BBFO) continues to better the lives of individuals and families, from one livelihood assistance project to another. In a recent awarding activity headed by Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra CESO III and DOLE-BBFO Head Emerito Narag PhD., the field office turned over the tools and equipment to various groups and individuals as aid for their business activities in the region.

The Likayan Baked Goodies of Barangay Camp 8, Baguio City is among the beneficiaries of the the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, or DILP. Their 25-member association is largely composed of unemployed or informal workers who yearn for a permanent source of income. With bread and baked products being a staple food in their locale, and an estimate of 60% of the residents as primary consumers, the Likayan-Baguio Women’s Association saw an opportunity in the food industry.

    

With the perfect mix of hard-work and ingenuity, the association thrived amidst the challenges brought about by the pandemic by excelling in their food business. Its being located near a national highway saw the increasing potential of more consumers from nearby densely populated barangay-areas.

Similarly, beneficiaries of barangay Lualhati of Baguio City: the Wright Park Horse Handlers Association, Inc., and Kabalyero Guardians, Inc., were awarded with the materials needed for a horse-handlers convenience store, and landscaping and production of organic fertilizers, respectively.

The convenience store serves tourists, nearby schools and even the residential communities with cooked or packed meals, beverages, household goods and groceries. The 24-hour service will offer a delivery or pick-up option at the convenience of the customers. The second livelihood program awarded involves the manufacture of loom soil fertilizers and horse manure compost. Additionally, they offer landscaping services to clients as an additional source of income.

Their agricultural products will be marketed within and outside the locality through Trade Fairs and local events. The 51-member association will persistently improve their skillset and products by collaborative trainings with the Department of Science and Technology/DOST, Department of Agriculture/DA, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority/TESDA.

Barangay Lualhati, which is situated near the Mines View Park of Baguio City is among one of the areas highly affected in the region due to decreased volume of tourists.  As the economy slowly recovers, the livelihood assistance provided by the DOLE will significantly boost their market sales and projected gains.

Through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, individuals lifted from poverty echo these positive effects to their families, rippled to communities, and reverberate across social boundaries. The flagship poverty-reduction program creates a stream of hope for those who search for a sustainable chance of financial stability, and leaves a lasting social legacy.

 

END//Daryll Ponard