By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

ILIGAN CITY, May 9 (PIA ICCC)- As part of rebuilding the losses and reviving the businesses of Maranaos victimized by the Marawi siege, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) introduces an integrated livelihood program (DILP) or the Kabuhayan program that provides grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures.

DOLE -10 Labor and Employment Supervising Officer Criste Perfecto shared that the program components include the Kabuhayan Formation, Enhancement, and Restoration.

“DOLE will provide a grant to the displaced individuals especially those who are currently staying nearby Iligan,” Perfecto said.

The beneficiaries of the program through the Kabuhayan Formation will be provided with startup capital to venture into individual livelihood or collaborative enterprises undertakings.

The Kabuhayan enhancement augments the existing livelihood of the beneficiaries by providing them additional working capital to help them sustain their businesses.

The Kabuhayan Restoration, on the other hand, provides working capital for the reestablishing of the beneficiaries’ damaged businesses.

“Definitely, our brothers and sisters in Marawi affected by the siege are qualified to apply in the program. We will cater to them depending on their needs which will be presented to us during the application,” Perfecto said.

The beneficiaries of the DILP will be supported with training on business planning and basic entrepreneurship development to include enhancement of their production skills.

Under the kabuhayan program, DOLE will provide working capital in the form of raw materials, equipment, tools, jigs and other support services needed by the beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Perfecto stated that the result of the Kathanor profiling would be the basis of the agency in the implementation of 2019 programs saying, “we have implemented the program since 2017 and 2018, but this year we will rely on the Kathanor database to avoid the duplication of grants.”

“We heard many of the IDPs are also staying in Cagayan De Oro City, so we also wanted to cater to them to make them feel that they are not left behind along with IDPs in Marawi,” Perfecto added.

The program falls under the group and individual category.

The livelihood projects classified for group categories include: Micro livelihood which is composed of 15-25 members with maximum grant assistance of P250,000; Small livelihood which is composed of 26-50 members with a maximum grant assistance of P500,000; and Medium livelihood composed of more than 50 members with a maximum grant assistance of P1 million.

While the individual beneficiaries can avail of the Starter Kit or Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart) package with a maximum grant assistance of P20,000 depending on the project requirement.

Perfecto emphasized that the amount of grant assistance will vary depending on the project requirement of the submitted project proposal from the beneficiaries. “It doesn’t mean we will give the maximum amount, it will still depend on your project requirement,” she stressed.

Perfecto has appealed to the beneficiaries “to take care of it and improve it in order to sustain it.”

DOLE ensures its continuous support for the displaced individuals.

DOLE is a member agency of the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)