Residents of Brgy. 60-A, Tacloban City see brighter tomorrow after being hit by fire
TACLOBAN CITY, —Losing properties especially a home does not mean losing hope and deciding to start a new life with the help of the government like the Department of Labor and Employment.
This was the sentiment of 79 families who were affected by the fire that razed the entire village of Brgy. 60-A in the city, who find hope after the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8 and An Waray Party-List released P926,000.00 livelihood fund assistance on May 26, 2012 at the An Waray Center for Youth and Development, Tacloban City.
“We are not giving you fish to feed you for one day, rather, we are giving you the tools to catch fish so that you will earn a living,” Sarcauga explained.
True to his words, the assistance has now rolled out, and in partnership with the An Waray party-list, the training for the beneficiaries has started on June 6, 2012.
DOLE and An Waray tapped the expertise of the Eastern Visayas State University, the National Anti-Poverty Commission through Judith Buhay, the Kagandahan Beauty Parlor through its owner Ernesto Amascual, to handle the hands on training.
The beneficiaries were provided with the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a livelihood project, something they could start off after the distress they experienced. They will venture into commercial cooking, dressmaking and sewing curtains, pillow cases, reflexology, beauty care and food processing.
During the training, the beneficiaries exhibited an overwhelming interest in acquiring the skills. However, one participant stood out and has shown exceptional vigor and attentiveness for the entire duration of the training. Marivic Mendoza has religiously attended the different activities with great energy while tagging along her 3 children aged 7, 5 & 1 year old. She actively participated in the lessons without any complaint despite the difficulty in taking care of her kids at the same time focusing on the training. Her strong faith, gave hope and inspiration to the trainers that what they are doing will truly benefit them
For Marivic Mendoza, the training was a big help to start over again a livelihood. Her faith and interest to simply reflect the benefits that this training program has to offer.
“Sobra-sobra po ang aking pasasalamat sa DOLE sa tulong na iton sa akin at sa aking pamilya. Hindi po lahat nabibigyan ng ganitong pagkakataon kaya sa tulong ng puong Maykapal, ako po ay nangangako ng palalaguin ang hanapbuhay ng pinagkaloob sa akin,” Mendoza said. (VIRGILIO DOROJA JR.)
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