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Poro workers receive livelihood grant

CEBU, Philippines — A rural workers group in Poro, Camotes Island received a P254,300 aid from the labor agency to start a livelihood.

At least 50 members of the Cansabusab Rural Workers Association (CARWA) — who are informal workers — will use the financial aid to engage in viable economic undertakings.

The beneficiaries are expected to learn into entrepreneurs doing lucrative enterprises in the community.

Maria Diaz, Cebu provincial office head at Department of Labor and Employment-7, said the agency will make sure that its Kabuhayan program will benefit the marginalized sector in the LGUs by way of making them productive and empowered members in the community.

“This is not the first time that we released livelihood grants in the town of Poro. For as long as we see that everything is within the bounds of our guidelines and the project is seen feasible, then by all means, we will do everything we can to assist those who want to avail the DOLE’s livelihood program,” she pointed out.

Diaz added that prior to the release of the funds, as part of the beneficiaries’ social preparation, the DOLE provided them orientation on the its Kabuhayan program and project proposal write shop.

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“We will continue extending assistance to beneficiaries by providing them seminars on project management and simple book keeping, to name a few,” she was quoted as saying in a DOLE-7 statement yesterday.

Poro is a 4th income class municipality on Camotes Island in northern Cebu.

Farming and fishing are the main livelihood of the locals in the island. (FREEMAN)

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