DOLE awards P1.9M worth of livelihood assistance in Aurora and Pampanga
- Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?menu=2&webregion=R03&article=561336288671
- By: Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu
- Monday, May 07, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) awarded on Labor Day a total of P1.9 million livelihood grants to around 1,200 groups and individuals in Aurora and Pampanga.
The ceremonial awarding was held in SM City Pampanga wherein P1 million was given to Aurora residents while the remaining P900,000 to Kapampangans.
DOLE regional information officer Jerry Borja disclosed that the recipients, consisting of union members, ambulant vendors and persons with disabilities, are now beneficiaries of their Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart), Kabuhayan starter kits, and Workers Income Augmentation (WIN-AP) programs as well as other livelihood projects.
Under the Nego-Kart, each beneficiary receives a vending cart, livelihood tools, and raw materials amounting to P15,000.
On the other hand, starter kits, which contain tools and materials that allow recipients to engage in various roving businesses such as massage, plumbing, cosmetology, appliance repair, upholstery, rag making, embutido making, hair dressing, and manicure/pedicure are also included.
Apart from the karts and kits, beneficiaries in these programs are also given trainings on entrepreneurship and business management.
Their respective local government units also provide their counterpart assistances in the form of additional tools and trainings and initial payment of their Social Security System (SSS) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) premiums.
Moreover, WIN-AP assists worker’s unions in the private sector in engaging business to augment their family income.
Borja added that “WIN-AP not only benefits the union members financially through dividend-sharing but it likewise provides employment to their relatives and easy affordable payment schemes in the form of salary deduction.”
In a statement, DOLE Regional director Raymundo Agravante said that their mandate “do not stop in facilitating job opportunities alone, but rather, we are opening more opportunities by empowering each Filipino worker to venture into entrepreneurship through our integrated livelihood programs to improve their lives.”
Ilongot Tribes Join Army, DENR In Protecting North Luzon Forests
- Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/358744/ilongot-tribes-join-army-denr-in-protecting-north-luzon-forests
- By: ARIEL P. AVENDAÑO and JONAS REYES
- Friday, May 04, 2012
BALER, Aurora — The Ilongot tribes, with a population of around 20,000 spread across the tri-boundary of Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces, have volunteered to help the government in protecting the remaining forest cover in Northern Luzon.
Ronaldo Daquioag, regional director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Central Luzon (Region 3), said this was raised at a recent conference on protecting their ancestral domain against the destruction of forests which used to be their hunting grounds.
The “Federation of Engongot Tribe in Aurora (FETA) conference was held at the Baler Sports Complex, drawing tribal leaders who were informed of their constitutional rights, privileges and responsibilities as mandated under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA).
Their efforts to protect the environment in their areas will complement the joint operation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Army in guarding the forests of Zambales against exploita¬tion.
DENR Secretary Ramon Paje ordered recently the deployment of a combined team of forest protection officers and soldiers to guard the forest cover of Zambales near its border with Pangasinan.
DENR Region 3 Executive Director Ricardo Calderon said the joint operation involving the DENR and the Philippine Army combed the 13,800-hectare forest in the Sta. Cruz-Mangatarem border.
More than 100 forest protection personnel and enlisted men from the 24th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army based in Palauig took part in the week-long operation, in coordination with local officials and the local police.
The operation resulted in the discovery and confiscation of over 9,000 board feet of assorted lumber worth about half a million pesos.
The ground surveillance team that seven additional spur roads and switches were constructed by a contractor of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – a clear deviation from the approved nine-kilometer road plan – to give loggers access to the timber-rich area.
The DENR said charges will be filed and the areas abused by loggers on the Sta. Cruz-Mangatarem road will be designated as a National Greening Program (NGP) site and as a rehabilitation site for mining companies.