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MALAYBALAY CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10, through its Bukidnon Provincial Field Office (Buk PFO), recently conducted a learning session for workers in the informal sector in line with the 2023 Labor Day commemoration
The activity aims to provide and aid the workers in the informal sector under the Labor Day theme, “Pabahay, Bilihing Abot-Presyo, Benepisyo ng Matatag na Trabaho Para sa Manggagawang Pilipino.”
DOLE-10 BukPFO Provincial Director Raul L. Valmores reassures that DOLE, through its flagship programs and services, will continuously provide job-generation initiatives to workers in the informal sector.
“We in DOLE will continue collaborating with the different government agencies and Accredited Co-Partners (ACPs) so the individual and association beneficiaries can attain a sustainable livelihood,” Valmores said.
Nineteen association beneficiaries of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) from a city and different municipalities in Bukidnon, including six ACPs, attended the event.
The Department of Trade and Industry Business Development Division Chief Jose Maureal discussed financial and organizational management with stakeholders of DOLE Integrated Livelihood.
“The success and sustainability of government programs depend on the maturity of the people’s organization that are empowered to become partners on project implementation,” Maureal said.
This initiative will help the association generate support in making critical financial decisions, improve the profitability of their organizations, guide the organizational structure, and ensure the alignment of employees with company policies.
The activity also included a learning session on simple bookkeeping from Abag Kalambuan Inc., Executive Director, Bienvenido Narciso, which included a workshop on simple bookkeeping to enhance knowledge of finances.
Narciso emphasized the importance of maintaining complete and accurate records of all financial transactions to ensure proper reflection in the book of accounts.
He emphasized that having basic bookkeeping knowledge is crucial as it enables easy maintenance of records and provides detailed information on expenses and income.
During the event, DILP released three livelihood starter kits, including a sari-sari store, Bigasan, and a video production project worth P70,000.
The Parents Mobilization Action Group (PMAG) was granted a total amount of P500,000 for their Consumer Store Enhancement Project.
Under Social Amelioration Program (SAP), the sugar workers received P24,000.
Each of the three beneficiaries received P8,000 for their maternity benefit claims.
All attendees pledged to support the government’s goal of transitioning informal sector workers into the formal economy, ensuring their protection under the law. They vowed to promote the welfare and decent work agenda of workers in the informal economy.
Valmores recognized the informal sector’s contribution to the country’s thrust toward a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery. (DOLE-10 Buk PFO/PIA-10/Bukidnon)