BONTOC, Mountain Province – Thirty-four registered business establishments/business owners in this capital town whose source of living was gravely affected by the April 11, 2023, fire incident in Poblacion, Bontoc, Mountain Province received livelihood starter kits amounting to P30,000.
The goods, materials, and equipment received by the beneficiaries were funded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Prior to the provision of livelihood assistance, the municipal government under Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., submitted 34 livelihood project proposals and endorsements to the DOLE. The Municipal Public Employment Service Office through labor and employment officer Jenelyn Caluza provided technical assistance in the preparation of the project proposals and necessary documents.
In his message, Mayor Tudlong extended his utmost gratitude to the DOLE for its continuous assistance to the municipality. He added that with the meager budget or limited resources of the municipal government, it has to collaborate with the national government and other partner stakeholders to be able to extend needed assistance to the beneficiaries.
The mayor further stated that the livelihood kits which compose of equipment, materials, and goods are of great help for the fire victims in starting income-generating undertakings.
DOLE Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra expressed the support of the department to the fire victims and expressed high hopes that said livelihood kits will be used by the recipients to generate stable income.
He encouraged the recipients to look past the devastation of yesterday and set anew today. Likewise, he joined Mayor Tudlong in expressing high hopes that the assistance will go a long way in helping the beneficiaries recover from the effects of the tragic fire incident.
Present during the turnover were DOLE RD Lacambra, Political Affairs Officer Dionisio Wacdisen representing Rep. Maximo Dalog, Jr., DOLE Mountain Province officer Venus Guinjicna, Mayor Tudlong, Sangguniang Bayan members Jupiter Jule Kalangeg, Julian Chumacog and Benedict Odsey II, Municipal Administrator Eric Fulangen, Sr., Leo III Caluza, and some personnel from the DOLE.