Thirty-seven disadvantaged workers and a tribal support group here have received livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Sisinio Cano, DOLE Region 12 director, said Monday the livelihood grants were part of the continuing rollout in the region of the agency’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (Dileep).

He said the 37 workers, who are residents of Barangay Dadiangas West here, mainly received some P368,929.62 worth of starter kits for various livelihood ventures.

These include projects for peanut vending, dried fish vending, “kakanin” or rice cake making, barbeque stand, carenderia or eatery, batchoy making, fried tempura making, “Piso Net” Internet shop and “sari-sari” store.

“These are projects that were proposed by the beneficiaries themselves,” he said in a statement.

Cano said the agency partnered with the city government and the barangay council of Dadiangas West for the implementation of the program.

These include the pre-implementation seminar and project proposal preparation workshop facilitated by the DOLE field office here, he said.

As part of the program, Cano said the Tribal Development and Community Support Organization (TDCSO) also received an equipment grant worth P509,600.

He said DOLE-12 facilitated the purchase of a tarpaulin printing machine to help expand the group’s printing business.

TDCSO’s printing shop, which is located at their office in Door 3 Lumawag building, Yumang Street in Barangay City Heights, also offers t-shirt and sticker printing services.

Cano said the venture helps support the group’s mission to support the schooling of lumad or tribal out-of-school youths through its scholarship program.

“We’re hope that the project will inspire more organizations to do the same and help more local stakeholders,” he said.

The official said the agency will monitor and continue to assist the recipients to make sure that their projects would be sustained.

He added that the beneficiaries may avail of enhancements or further grants if they would be able to sustain their projects.(AC/PNA)