The Ministry of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has distributed a total of 31,461,051 pesos to Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the Cagayan Valley region so that they can benefit from government programs that include their livelihoods .
In data reported to the Manila Bulletin on Tuesday, September 13, the DOLE-Regional Office 2 said thousands of IPs have already benefited from government flagship programs through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP); Government Internship Program (GIP); Emergency Employment Program/ Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD); Child Labor Prevention and Eradication Program (CLPEP); and the Special Program for Student Employment (SPES).
In the DOLE-Nueva Vizcaya (NVFO) field office alone, at least 6,734 IPs benefited from the recent distribution of grants in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.
The DOLE NVFO converged with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in a two-day activity from August 25-26 to foster healing and reconciliation with IPs.
At least 300 IP leaders, youth and National Government Agencies (NGAs) participated in the activity titled “Healing, Reconciliation and Operationalization of the 11 Building Blocks of the Ancestral Domain in Support of the Whole of Government / Whole of Canada Approach by Empowering RF , IP Youth/IP Eps, and IP Leaders Workshop”.
The officer in charge of the DOLE NVFO, Provincial Director Elizabeth U. Martinez, said they also distributed starter kit projects in the form of tools and equipment to four former rebels from Villaverde and the city of Bagabag in Nueva Vizcaya for an amount of 80,000 pesos.
“The issues and concerns of IPs from the above-mentioned provinces were discussed, in line with the government’s objective to eliminate the threat of Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs), especially among IPs in remote and hard-to-reach areas” , Martinez said. .
Under the TUPAD program, a total of 6,030 IP beneficiaries in Kayapa, Ambaguio, Alfonso Castañeda, Bambang and the city of Kasibu received emergency jobs amounting to 30,365,432 pesos. While 50 trainees in Nueva Vizcaya were employed in the GIP platform with a total salary of 1,015,619 P.
Martinez said a total of 168 IP child laborers were also profiled in the towns of Diadi, Bayombong, Solano and Bambang. Parents of working children received livelihood packages under the CLPEP platform.
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