CATARMAN, Northern Samar — In order to capacitate and create opportunities among poor and the marginalized sector in the municipality of Catarman, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) under its DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) released P2 million livelihood assistance to LGU-Catarman through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) on September 9. 

According to PESO-Catarman Manager Ms. Arielyn L. Hernandez,  the fund is intended  for the procurement of jigs and materials for the proposed projects of the four farmers and fisherfolks organization, namely: Rice Retailing Livelihood Project for Washington Farmer’s Association; Rice Retailing Livelihood Project for Mckinley Integrated Diversified Organic Farming System Farmer Association; Rice Retailing Livelihood Project for Libjo Farmers and Entrepreneurs Association; and Egg Cooking Oil and Rice Retailing Livelihood Enhancement Project for Baybay Fishermen’s Association.

The PESO Manager said that each association will receive P500,000 worth of jigs and materials as starting capital for their proposed projects which aimed at providing them additional source of income especially during this time of pandemic.

He added that Brgy. Baybay Fishermen Association has qualified for the enhancement assistance or received the second time livelihood assistance from DOLE due to their successful implementation of the livelihood start up assistance.

She said the checks were released through a ceremonial hand-over by DOLE Northern Samar Field Office Head Ms. Patria A. Bigcas to Ms. Arielyn Hernandez on September 9, 2020.

The Local Government Unit through its Public Employment Service Office will facilitate the turnover of the jigs and materials to the beneficiaries once the procurement process will be completed. (ldl/tbc/PIA Northern Samar)