KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 20 (PIA) -- "Thank you so much for helping us improve our lives and that of our families," Karen said referring to the livelihood assistance that they will soon receive from the Department of Labor and Employment.
Karen is one of the 49 women inmates of the South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center (SCRDC) and 21 parolees being supervised by the South Cotabato Probation and Parole Office who are set to receive kits to start their own micro business.
Last week, DOLE 12 OIC Regional Director Albert Gutib handed a check worth P496,000 to the provincial government for the said purpose.
Reminding them to manage their livelihood well, Gutib urged the women not to waste the opportunity for a fresh start for their families and to become parts of nation-building.
Meanwhile, Cynthia Barrientos, manager of the Public Employment Service Office in South Cotabato said the distribution of the starter kits could be carried out in April.
Kabuhayan starter kits include business packages for beauty care, eatery, rice cake, beads making, slipper making, car washing, vulcanizing, and ice cream making.
“We want to help you change your lives for the better, please make a difference for your family,” Barrientos reminded the project recipients.
Before the turn over ceremony, the beneficiaries underwent orientations including topics on business management.
In her response, Karen expressed gratitude to DOLE for "training us to manage our hard-earned money well" admitting that they had been loose in keeping tract of their income.
All beneficiaries are enrolled to the Government Services Insurance System Group Micro Insurance for 1 year, Gutib announced.
The livelihood aids for women inmates and parolees were released under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program and Kabuhayan Program.
In a separate interview, OIC Jail Warden Juan Lanzaderas stated that the women inmates will be allowed to conduct their business inside the SCRDC compound but clarified that the sharp tools will be deposited at the office when not in use for security reasons. (DEDoguiles-PIA12)