Thursday, November 21, 2013

DOLE funds Kalinga students’ livelihood programs

by Geraldine G. Dumallig

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here handed over last January 2013 a check worth P300,020 to the Kalinga Apayao State College Student Entrepreneurs Association (KASC SEA), Bulanao Campus as initial capital for its various livelihood projects.

DOLE Kalinga Chief Dr. Avelina Manganip said that with the turn-over of fund and signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the KASC, the project will be in full implementation starting this month.

This undertaking, she said, is through the Working Youth Center - Youth Enterprising Support (WYC-YES), a component of DOLE’s Kabuhayan program designed to assist college, technical-vocational graduating students, or would-be members of the labor force to become self-reliant entrepreneurs. This program also provides skills training, equipments, and tools.

Called the KASC YES Project on Slaughtering, Meat Processing and Baking, the project will benefit 82 members consisting of fourth year voc-tech students and six DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) awardees in Kalinga.

The project, according to Manganip, is a convergence program amounting to P449,442. Aside from the P300,020 counterpart of DOLE, counterparts were also provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, P23,000; Tabuk City Government, P24,577; and KASC, P101,854.

In her message, Manganip encouraged the students to manage their funds wisely and to take care of the equipments.

“Make use of the knowledge you acquired from your training and hone them to improve your capabilities. Share your skills with the other students as well,” she said expressing hope that someday the organization will have assets worth of millions.(JDP/GGD- PIA CAR, Kalinga)

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