Catarman, N. Samar – Some thirty nine (39) skilled workers consisting of carpenters, masons and welders in San Roque town, a 4th Class municipality located 42 kilometers of Catarman this province, have received  yesterday, 5 September 2018 a P20,000.00 worth each in hand tools under a livelihood project funded by the Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 8.


The whole project involves a total amount of Seven Hundred Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty  Pesos (Php707,750.00) in grant funds used to finance the procurement of electric planers, power drills, and other hand tools requested by the worker-beneficiaries under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).  All 39 skilled beneficiaries are residents of San Roque town.

DOLE Northern Samar Field Office Provincial Head Ms. Patria A. Bigcas said that the Carpentry tools project in San Roque is primarily aimed at helping the workers acquire needed tools that would enable them to engage in their respective trades.

No less than the newly installed DOLE RO8 Regional Director Yahya A. Centi graced the turnover ceremony.

Director Centi said that “Our commitment is to continue the directives of the President and Secretary Bello wherein DOLE i

s committed to help the people in need and to alleviate them from poverty”. He likewise ensured that he will always support and assist the people through livelihood in coordination with the Local Government Units.

The turnover ceremony was held at a meeting hall in Sitio Lucero, Zone 1, San Roque Northern Samar.  SB Member Alvin Lagrimas, and Mr. Reynaldo Galit of LDRRM represented the Honorable San Roque Mayor Atty. Don Abalon who was in official foreign travel.

The Kabuhayan is DOLE’s flagship program aimed at providing grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures of vulnerable and marginalized workers.  It is the agency’s contribution in reducing their vulnerability to risks and in affording gainful employment to workers in the informal sector.

After the turnover ceremony, Director Centi made a courtesy visit to the Mayor of LGU Catarman, Hon. Francisco Rosales, Jr.