MANILA- Some 557 out-of-school youths (OSYs) from Tarlac are now budding entrepreneurs after receiving a P779,800 worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
DOLE Region III Director Atty. Ana Dione said that the OSY-beneficiaries are the second batch of trainee-graduates of Project HOPE or the Hone Out-of-school youth to be Productive and Empowered Project.
"Project HOPE is a scholarship program initiated by the Eduardo Cojuangco Foundation, Inc. (ECF) in partnership with DOLE to provide technical, vocational and entrepreneurial training to the youth and transform them into a productive workforce in the future," Dione said.
Through DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program, the beneficiaries received their livelihood assistance in form of Kabuhayan starter kits on dress-making, massage therapy, shielded metal arc welding, automotive wiring harness assembly, automotive service, 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.
On their part, the beneficiaries thanked DOLE for the provision of start-up business kits and promised to make good use of the livelihood assistance.
"We are grateful to the ECF for the scholarship training and we also thank DOLE for the starter kits, which will enable us to start with our own livelihood undertakings. The starter kits will be our catalyst of "HOPE" for better future," said Maribel Hand, who received a dress-making starter kit.
Prior to this, DOLE has also provided P800,000 worth of Kabuhayan Starter Kits to the first batch of Project HOPE graduates consisting of 1,000 OSY-beneficiaries.
Source: Philippines Information Agency