The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is targeting 100,000 emergency and livelihood program beneficiaries for the year 2014.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that the government had budgeted P609.8 billion for the targeted 102,011 beneficiaries under the Yolanda projects with a budget of P883.98 million for the whole year.
“We have targets to meet, or even surpass, so we better be prepared and be fast,” Baldoz said.
On Friday, Baldoz has mandated all regional directors to fasttrack the release of DOLE Integrated Livelihood Assistance Program (DILP) funds to calamity survivors in 2013.
She added that the DILP fund will help survivors earn a decent income to quickly recover from the ravages of the calamities that befell them.
“My instruction during our DOLE-wide planning exercise was to already roll out in the first month of 2014 the DILP funds given us by Congress, either for our regular programs or for rebuilding after Super Typhoon Yolanda,” she said.
“February is almost over, and March is coming, so I expect that our livelihood assistance to calamity survivors will already be making headway,” she added.