557 Tarlakenyo OSYs are now budding entrepreneurs thanks to a P799-T DOLE-livelihood assistance
CITY OF TARLAC – Some 557 out-of-school youths (OSYs) from various towns in Tarlac province are now budding entrepreneurs thanks to a P779,800.00 livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). DOLE Central Luzon Director Atty. Ana Dione said that the OSY-beneficiaries are the second batch trainee-graduates of Project HOPE or “Hone Out-of-school youth to be Productive and Empowered.”
“Project HOPE is a scholarship program initiated by the Eduardo Cojuangco Foundation, Inc. (ECF) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), La Salle Greenhills, Provincial Government of Tarlac, and the Department of Labor and Employment,” Dione explained.
Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the beneficiaries received their livelihood assistance, in form of DOLE-Kabuhayan starter kits, during their recent graduation rites at the Diwa ng Tarlak.
The starter kits are start-up businesses on dress-making, massage therapy, shielded metal arc welding, automotive wiring harness assembly, automotive service, and electronic product assembly and servicing.
Other start-up businesses include electrical installation and maintenance, computer system servicing, refrigeration and air condition servicing, and construction services, among others.
The starter kit livelihood assistance was sourced under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program, otherwise known as the DILEEP.
Tarlac Governor Susan Yap, 2nd District Rep. Victor Yap, ECP’s Noel Alconcel, DepEd’s Dr. Noel Linsao, DOLE-Tarlac’s Efren Reyes, and TESDA’s Nicolas Sacramento led the distribution of starter kits.
Other local top officials from different municipalities were also present to witness and facilitate the graduation rites and distribution of starter kits.
Gov. Yap, in her good news message, said that around 52 percent, or 290 of the 557 beneficiaries, have already been employed by various firms in the province.
“The starter kits will be a catalyst of “HOPE” for a better future,” says Maribel Hand, on behalf of her fellow Project HOPE graduate-beneficiaries.
“Bukod po sa malaking pasasalamat namin sa ECF sa ipinagkaloob nilang scholarship training program, kami po ay nagpapasalamat din sa DOLE sa ipinagkaloob nilang starter kits,” Hand said.
Hand, who hails from Bamban Tarlac, was emotional during her testimonial message after being conferred as a Project HOPE graduate while receiving her dress-making starter kit.
“Gusto ko po talaga maging fashion designer. Alam ko po na itong starter kit ay isang hakbang patungo sa aking nais marating. Ako po ay nagtatrabaho ngayon malapit sa aming barangay bilang isang mananahi. Pangarap ko po sanang magkaroon ng sariling makina upang sa bahay nalang magkaroon ng hanapbuhay upang masubaybayan ko ang aking anak,” Hand said.
Meanwhile, another beneficiary, Jeffrey Mauricio of Victoria town, assured that he and his fellow beneficiaries would but the starter kits to good use.
“Bilang pasasalamat po sa lahat ng bumubuo ng proyektong ito, ang pagtatrabaho nang mahusay at pagiging isang mabuting mamamayan ang aming maisusukli po sa inyong kabutihan. Umasa po kayo na ito ay aming pagyayamanin,” Maruicio said.
The ECF’s Project HOPE, which was launched in April 2015, aims to seek, train, and employ 5,000 Out-of-School Youth from the province of Tarlac.
Prior to this livelihood assistance the DOLE initially provided DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits, amounting to P800,000.00, to Project HOPE’s 1st batch of 1,000 OSY-beneficiaries.
Another DOLE livelihood assistance, also in form of starter kits, is already in the works for the 3rd batch of some targeted 3,500 Project HOPE OSY-beneficiaries.
END/Jerry Borja with reporting from CJ Manansala