Agency pursuing livelihood program

TO BOOST the number of jobs, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is pursuing sustainable livelihood program.

With sustainable livelihood, Labor and Employment Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said the different sectors will have continuous source of income through making them sets of entrepreneurs.

This, Maglungsod said, would also help increase employment generation.

“Throughout the country, we targeted to generate 7.5 million jobs by 2022. Of this target, we aimed that about 1.2 million Filipinos would be provided with jobs a year,” Maglunsod said on Friday at Workers in the Informal Sector Summit at Sunny Point Hotel in Ma-a.

DOLE’s sustainable livelihood program will benefit 20 organizations in the region. Each group is expected to have about 10 beneficiaries.

The groups, Maglunsod said, varies as these include marginalized sector, informal sector and displaced workers. He said they also welcome groups composed of women, youth and persons with disabilities.

In pursuing the program, DOLE has partnered with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

These national government agencies formally inked the memorandum of understanding on Friday to support the sustainable livelihood framework convergence strategy.

Maglunsod said DTI, for instance, will help in providing trainings on capacity building, marketing and packaging of the products. DOST, meanwhile, would give assistance for the necessary equipment and other technologies.

Both DA and Tesda would also provide trainings.

“This is in line on our target to reduce the sectors that have less source of employment or have no jobs at all,” Maglunsod said.

The DOLE, he said, is also pursuing sustainable livelihood that could have social impact.

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