DOLE’s increased livelihood funds up for grabs in Cagayan Valley

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Jan. 23 (PNA) — More livelihood funds await various community-based organizations this year, a regional executive of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Cagayan Valley bared Thursday.

Lawyer Sixto Rodriguez, DOLE regional director, said funds for their livelihood programs have increased this year by 46 percent compared to the year 2013.

The increase in their livelihood funds, he said was brought in by the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of senators and congressmen in the country.

With this, DOLE will have more subsidies for its Government Internship Program (GIP), Integrated Livelihood Program (ILP), Kabuhayan Starter Kits and Negosyo sa Kariton (NEGOKART), among others.

“We are encouraging our constituents to organize themselves legally into livelihood organizations to avail of our funding assistance,: he told newsmen today during the “Tungtongan ti Tribu Biskayano” press conference here.

According to Rodriguez, the Commission on Audit (COA) has allowed them to release the grant directly to the recipients based on their project proposals.

These proposed projects of various organizations, he said will be validated and further monitored by their technical staff as to its implementation and impact. (PNA)