Livelihood Fund for Zamboanga City Workers

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) regional office has released P1.578 million in livelihood funds for workers in the formal and informal sectors in Zamboanga city.

DOLE Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom said the projects are in consonance with the commitment of DOLE to infuse at least a million pesos in each of the two congressional districts of this city.

Ligutom said that under the first congressional district 800 beneficiary-members of the Samahang Manggagawa sa Permex received P893,022.50 for their high value crops project directly from DOLE central office.

In the second congressional district, Ligutom said that P685,000 was earmarked to finance the projects of six associations benefiting 173 members.

He said the projects, centered mostly on food production and support facilities, are intended to address the increasing food production challenges facing this city today.

“With a burgeoning population brought about by rural-to-urban migration, agri-based projects such as these funded by DOLE will ensure greater stability of the farming sector at the same time addressing the challenge of ensuring environmental resources protection,” he said.

Ligutom said that the community-based approach adopted by DOLE, were proven to be highly resilient in times of crisis and conflicts, particularly in building cooperation, solidarity and particularly in restoring dignity through self-help initiatives.

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