The Department of Labor and Employment yesterday encouraged the public, especially those in the marginalized sector, to avail of the labor department's assistance to start or enhance their livelihood projects.

The pitch was made after the labor department joined the Kilos SAMBAYANAN or Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan advocacy of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

Kilos SAMBAYANAN is an advocacy campaign for government agencies and other sectors to work together in providing for the 10 basic needs of the Filipino poor� food and land reform, water, shelter, health, education, work, social protection, healthy environment, peace, and participation.

Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria A. Tango told residents of Delpan, Binondo, Manila during the launching of Kilos SAMBAYANAN to avail of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

On DOLE's first year under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, about 98,358 beneficiaries were provided with access to livelihood and entrepreneurship programs under the Kabuhayan component of DILEEP.

Among the projects under DILEEP are the KASAMA or Kabuhayan para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa; YES Project or Youth Entrepreneurship Support Project; Kabuhayan Starter KITS; and Negosyo sa Kariton or Nego-Kart.

KASAMA aims to contribute to the prevention and elimination of child labor by providing families of child laborers access to decent livelihood opportunities for enhanced income. Beneficiaries shall commit to take active participation in group activities including social preparation, trainings and actual project implementation, and express their willingness to remove or not engage their children in hazardous or exploitative labor.

The YES Project, on the other hand, equips the young college and technical-vocational graduating students, college graduates, or would-be members of the labor force as productive, resourceful, and self-reliant entrepreneurs through a comprehensive and coherent package of entrepreneurship-related services.

Another project under the DILEEP is the Kabuhayan Starter KITS, a livelihood formation strategy that aims to engage beneficiaries in sustainable self-employment through easy to learn livelihood undertakings.

The project targets the poor and long-term unemployed, the out-of-school youth, women, parents of child laborers, indigenous people, physically or occupationally disabled persons, urban poor, elderly persons, landless farmers, fisherfolks, other workers in the informal economy, displaced workers, and even overseas Filipino worker�returnees.

The Nego-Kart (Negosyo sa Kariton), meanwhile, is a project that aims to assist ambulant vendors in making their existing livelihood undertakings grow into profitable and sustainable business.

Interested beneficiaries may contact or go to the nearest DOLE Regional Office in their area.

Source: Department Of Labor And Employment Republic Of Philippines