By Albert B. Lacanlale
LUBAO, Pampanga—More than P1.2-million worth of livelihood assistance was distributed to various beneficiaries in different sectors in this municipality.
Officials from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and this municipality distributed on December 19 livelihood assistance to organizations of farmers, persons with disabilities, fisherfolks and ambulant vendors.
Forty “nego-carts” or costumized carts were given to selected ambulant vendors; 10 motorboats went to the fisherfolk beneficiaries from Barangay Sta. Tereza 2; one unit rice reaper was awarded to farm workers of Barangay Sta. Rita; and, five “sari-sari” (convenience) store packages to PWDs.
Raquel Lugtu, Lubao Public Employment Services Office (Peso) Manager, said DOLE spent P1,210,000 for the project while the local government unit, led by Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, disbursed a sum of P201,000 as startup capital for the beneficiaries.
The LGU, Lugtu added, also sponsored the beneficiaries’ entrepreneurial development training seminar, shirts and other expenses.
Mayor Cayabyab also authorized the release of another P90,000 for additional five nego-cart units with corresponding startup capitals.
Present during the event were: Vice Mayor Robertito Diaz, Councilors Jay Montemayor, Emmanuel Santos and Gonzalo Tungul, Municipal Administrator Elizalde Bernal, DOLE Pampanga Chief Labor Employment Officer Arlene N. Tolentino, and Director Alex V. Inza-Cruz, Chief for Technical Support and Services, DOLE Region 3.