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Displaced Workers, self-employed get cooking materials


Tigaon, Camarines Sur - “Magsisipag po ako para kmi ay umasenso.”

This was the statement of twenty-four year old Joel Luzada, one of the recipients of DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits. A resident of Barangay Talojongon , Tigaon in Camarines Sur, Luzada said he can now have a stable source of income as his new cooking equipment, which consists of gas range, gasul, pots, pans and fresh meat, would be able to help him start a small food business.

Luzada is one of the sixty-one (61) beneficiaries who received the livelihood package amounting to P17,325 per kit granted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol through its Camarines Provincial Field Office and LGU Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Tigaon. The local office is headed by Ms. Ana Christine Soriano and Policarpio Malonda, respectively.

“Maraming salamat po sa biyayang natanggap ko po ngayon. Papalaguin po namin ng aking asawa ang negosyo namin pandagdag kita ko po sa pag-papadyak. Mag titinda po kami ng barbecue,” Luzada said.


Luzada is one of the displaced workers who have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. He narrated that during the lockdown, he was not able to use the pedicab which is their only source of income. He has two kids, both are still toddlers, and a wife who is also unemployed.


But when he received the livelihood starter kit, it gave him hope to start anew. He said that the assistance from DOLE will help augment their daily needs.


Meanwhile, a senior citizen also received similar livelihood package from DOLE.Kakanin vendor Nora Padron, 66 of Poblacion, Tigaon expressed her joy when the cooking materials were turned over to her.


She shared that she’s been selling siomai, kikiam and suman near an elementary school in the community. But due to the implemented quarantine, the students are restricted from going outside the classroom so she has to relocate her ‘paninda’.

Padron happily told DOLE Bicol that she is planning to cook meals instead and sell it to her neighbors.


“Dakulang tabang sa pangkabuhayan mi. Pagbebentahn ko ang mga kataraid mi nin panera pandagdag lamang sa income kang familia,” she said.

Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales conveyed his message to the beneficiaries to take care of the materials and sustain their business.


“If the kit survives, they have the chance to be given an enhancement kit,” Gonzales added.


A simple turnover ceremony of the DOLE Kabuhayan program dubbed as, “Kinabukasan Segurado sa Disenteng Trabaho at Negosyo” was done yesterday, August 11, 2020 at the Tigaon Public Market Event Center. The event was also attended by Hon. Arnulf Bryan Fuentebella, 4th District Representative and LGU Tigaon Mayor Pamela Rinah Fuentebella./ISO PR Code:2020_gud_August_12_Displacced workers, self-employed get cooking materials 





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