Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Monday, February 09, 2009


Olongapo City received a livelihood assistance grant from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Zambales amounting to P450,000.00 that will fund several livelihood programs of the City Government through the Livelihood Cooperative and Development Office (LCDO).

Target beneficiaries are 155 residents of Olongapo City who are willing to enhance their skills and business.

DOLE-Zambales Provincial Officer Angelita S. Fernandez said the funds will be coursed through different community-based associations in Olongapo under the supervision of the LCDO which has already chosen several groups that submitted feasible project proposals, to be the recipients of the grant.

The said financial support will be used to cover expenses that will be incurred in the conduct of Training Cum-Production and Livelihood Enhancement programs prepared by LCDO.

Livelihood Enhancement programs include subsidizing the proposal for a Rolling Store and Convenience Store; and Training cum Production programs such as Fish Burger, Meat and Fruit Processing, Reflexology, Manicure/ Pedicure and Foot Spa, and Haircut Services.

To date, LCDO has already started the project through the conduct of several trainings. With this grant, the said office is expecting an increase in skilled and self-employed individuals.

According to Melvin June Malit, marketing and promotion officer of LCDO, “We will make sure that each of these projects will be sustained. We really have to ensure the success of the program so that we can expect continuous support from these agencies.”

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. continues to empower more Olongapeños by providing more livelihood opportunities. “We are fortunate enough that DOLE is supporting our livelihood programs. This will surely boost entrepreneurship and more employment opportunities among Olongapeños,” Gordon said.

DOLE gives financial grants to different community associations to support livelihood projects that promote employment and profitable activities.

DOLE-Zambales Assistant Regional Director Atty. Alvin M. Villamor hands over the check amounting to P450,000.00 to Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. as financial grant for the livelihood projects of the city. Also in the photo are by DOLE-Zambales Provincial Officer Angelita S. Fernandez (4th from left) and Sr. LEO Maylene M. Evangelista (4th from right).


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