LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 28 (PNA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Camarines Norte has awarded P5.3 million livelihood fund assistance to 13 villages in Labo, Camarines Norte.
Jane L. Rolda, head of DOLE-Camarines Norte, gave the amount to the barangay heads of the 13 villages in Labo town for their 789 home-based and self-employed workers, according to Raymond Escalante, public information officer of DOLE-Bicol, in a news release today.
She said the fund would be exclusively used for the purchase of equipment and tools for carpentry and masonry, welding, automotive service, electrical service, dressmaking and tailoring, cosmetology and hair care, and food processing.
Rolda said the 13 identified barangays belong to the second batch of barangay councils who qualified as accredited co-partners of DOLE.
The villages were Pag-asa, Malasugui, Baay, Bagacay, Pangpang, Bakiad, Macogon, Talobatib, Bautista, Pinya, Gumamela, Fundado and Tulay na Lupa.
She acknowledged the significant contribution of the barangays in the effective delivery of projects and services of DOLE that reach even the most remote communities.
Rolda said the livelihood assistance seeks to augment the income of disadvantaged workers in the informal sector.
The barangay chairmen of the 13 villages received the check award in turnover ceremonies on Sept. 27 at the DOLE-Camarines Norte Provincial Office.
She said the first batch of awardees was composed of seven barangays who received the same livelihood fund support in 2014. (PNA) LAP/GVR/EDS