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Starter Kits distributed to Masbate beneficiaries

Masbate – Two hundred twenty-four (224) beneficiaries in two (2) coastal towns of Masbate were among the recipients of business kits from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Masbate Provincial Field Office.


DOLE Masbate distributed P2.34 million-worth of business kits or Kabuhayan Starter Kits to 125 qualified beneficiaries in Milagros and P1.9 million-worth of kits to 99 Balud beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries are part of the informal economy or sectors who do not qualify under the government’s 4Ps. Among them are fishermen, farmers, cooks, sewers, bakers, and others.

Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales said that the basic perspective of the beneficiaries is to acquire the tools and utilize them to produce products, and gain income from selling or rendering service to clients.

“This time, the perspective should be, tutulungan ko ‘yung nagugutom, ibibigay ko sa kanila ang gusto nila sa tamang presyo at kalidad. Kapag ganoon ang pag-iisip ninyo, lalago ang negosyo ninyo,” he explained by giving example to those whose chosen livelihood is baking or cooking.

He added that they have to identify the needs, interests and demands of potential clients and customers.“Kung sino ang gusto mong pakainin, yun ang lulutuan mo,” Gonzales continued.

He told the beneficiaries: “Kung sakaling itong starter kits ninyo ay maging source ng income, ibig sabihin nagbago ang buhay ninyo. Kapag nakapag-survive ng isang taon ito, may chance na mabibigyan kayo for enhancement.”


Meanwhile, Masbate Provincial Director Ma. Ella E. Verano encouraged the recipients of the livelihood assistance to help their business flourish.

“Kailngan ninying isapuso at isaisip ang purpose ng livelihood ninyong natatanggap,” she advised.

Chito Atibagos, Masbate Livelihood focal said: “Ini na mga gamit dapat atamanon kag himatan. Makabulig ini sa iyo pangabuhay. Ginapadumdum ko lang na bawal ini ibaligya. Salamat sa LGU Milagros and Balud sa pagbulig sa DOLE na maabot namon an amon mandato na pagbulig sa katawohan.”

Beneficiaries’ commitments

For forty-year-old Nilo Rubio, Jr. of Barangay Ubo, Balud, Masbate City, it is by opening up meaningful opportunities such as sustainable livelihood and permanent job in a stable company.

But as much as he wanted to find a stable source of income, Rubio is unable to do so due to lack of proper education. And as is the usual case of those who live in coastal areas, the survival of their family depends on getting fish to sell.

Every day, Rubio has to get up early to catch fish which his wife would then peddle around the village. But what makes fishing challenging for Rubio is his small boat.

He said that he has to double his effort to make sure that his catch will be able to cover their daily needs. The more fish caught and sold in a day, the more likely that his family is able to make ends meet.

Although being a fisherman is a tough job, Rubio is motivated to work harder because he has five children.

“Kapag madami po akong nahuling isda sa isang araw, nakaka-delehensiya po ako ng P500. Pero nababawasan po ito kapag may mga kailangang bilhing mga gamit sa pangingisda kagaya ng lambat,” he shared.

Rubio has gotten his hopes up upon learning the Kabuhayan Program of DOLE. He then immediately complied with the requirements to be qualified in the program, with the LGU Balud as the accredited co-partner.

On January 22, 2020, Rubio together with other beneficiaries received starter kits for their livelihood projects. He expressed heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity to have additional income that the agency has given to him and his family.

"Pangangalagaan ko po itong livelihood assistance na ibinigay ng DOLE sa akin. Mapapabilis na po ang pangingisda ko sa tulong ng motor engine na ito. Ibig sabihin may posibilidad na tataas din ang kita naming mag-asawa," he promised.

"Sisiguraduhin ko po na andito pa rin ang mga kagamitang ito sa mga susunod na taon para madagdagan pa ako ng ibang tools," Rubio continued.


 On the other hand, 60-year old Dominador Rosero of Barangay M.R. Espinosa shared his heartfelt gratitude to DOLE.


“Ipinagpapasalamat ko po itong ‘tangkalan’ (side car) na naibigay po ng DOLE sa akin. Ang pagtitinda ko po ng bulad (tuyo) ay mas mapapadali dahil may lalagyan na po ako ng aking mga paninda. Ngayon po, ikakabit lamang ito sa aking motor para magamit ko na at hindi na ako maglalakad para maglako ng mga paninda kong iba’t ibang uri ng bulad,” Rosero./ISO PR Code:2020_gud_Jan_23_ Starter Kits distributed to Masbate beneficiaries






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