Addicts in Sarangani who went into rehab among recipients of P4-million livelihood aid

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DAVAO CITY—Drug addicts who graduated from the government-funded rehabilitation program would be among the recipients of a new livelihood-assistance program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Sarangani province.

The Provincial Administrator’s Office of Sarangani said the identified beneficiaries would come from persons with disability, illegal-drugs traders and users who surrendered, and former communist rebels who met the minimum application and interview requirement.

“As to corresponding livelihood and starter kits, some would receive sari-sari store needs, carpentry tools, kakanin [rice cake] utensils, manicure sets and other tools,” DOLE Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano said after turning over a check to Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon on February 27.

The check was worth P4,150,388 for livelihood assistance to 392 beneficiaries in Sarangani province.

Cano said the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) was mandated under Department Order 173. She said this program is considered “an important strategy towards the transition of the informal workers.”

Solon and Cano signed on February 27 at the Provincial Governor’s Office the memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the DILP through accredited co-partner or proponent beneficiary.

“We need a lead to sustain this,” Provincial DOLE Head Domingo Baron said. “This would not be easy.”

Elsewhere in the province, provincial officials facilitated on February 28 the distribution of schools supplies and medicines for children at the Falel Kesbung IP Integrated School in Barangay Tamadang of Kiamba town.

The ZDK Car Trading and Rui Enterprises handed out the items. With them were Vice Governor Elmer T. de Peralta, Board Member George F. Falgui and Tamadang Barangay Captain Juanito A. Sampan.

 Also from February 19 to 22, some 300 students from different municipalities in Sarangani received new and fully examined reading glasses in an outreach program initiated by the provincial government through its Serbisyong Sarangani
Outreach Program.

The province partnered with the Latter-Day Saint Charities, Department of Education and Crystal Lenses Optical.

The beneficiaries included 52 students from Pangyan National High School in Glan, 140 students from Malalag Cogon Integrated School in Malungon, 87 students from Daan Suyan Integrated School in Malapatan and 35 students from Pag-asa Integrated School in Alabel.