802 North Tacloban residents to get DTI, City Gov’t Livelihood Assistance
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO)– Some 802 beneficiaries coming from the 12 resettlement sites in the Northern part of this City are set to receive Livelihood Starter Kits from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the City Government under Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez, City Livelihood Cluster Head Dr. Eunice Alcantara announced on Wednesday.
According to Alcantara they are finalizing the preparations for the targeted distribution next week of said livelihood assistance at the City Hall Extension Office in Barangay Santo Nino.
The Beneficiaries who are set to receive Food Vending, Sari-sari (Variety) Store and Rice-Retailing Livelihood Starter Kits were evaluated by the Livelihood Cluster and had undergone a Business Planning Training with the DTI. Beneficiaries will be monitored by the City Government after the distribution to see to it that the livelihood assistance will serve its intended purpose
Meantime, the Livelihood Cluster Head said that more livelihood opportunities are pouring in as the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, DTI and the Department of Science and Technology have pledged the provision of additional livelihood packages and equipment for resettled families in the north in support of the ongoing rehabilitation efforts of the local government unit.
“We will get the profile of residents per resettlement area and organize a new set of beneficiaries to avail of the livelihood assistance,” she said.
Meanwhile, the establishment of Livelihood Centers in the twelve resettlement areas to benefit residents engaged in small-scale livelihood activities – a priority concern of Mayor Romualdez, will be getting a head start.
This is after, DTI 8 Director Cynthia Nierras forged a partnership with Care Philippines – a private organization to fund the construction of 2 pilot Livelihood Training Centers in two of the twelve resettlement areas, disclosed the Livelihood Cluster.
The National Housing Authority will take charge of the construction plans and program of work for the proposed Livelihood Centers worth 500,000 pesos, which is set to be finalized this October 30.
With assistance from National Government Agencies, the Cluster reported that it has so far provided livelihood opportunities to 34.9 percent of the more 7,900 resettled families in the north. – Henry James G. Roca