• Manila’s elderly group gets livelihood capital

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    Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada has facilitated the grant of P210,000 start-up livelihood capital to a local senior citizens’ organization, the first beneficiary of the welfare program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the city government of Manila.

    Estrada handed a P210,000 check to the Nagkakaisang Senior Citizens ng Maynila (NSCM) president Necita Salivid in a simple ceremony last Monday.

    “This financial assistance we’re giving you, we hope, will help fund your organization’s livelihood program, so that you will continue to earn money for your daily needs,” Estrada told 115 of the 300-member NSCM.

    Jeffrey Manansala of the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) said the NSCM, based in District 6, will use the P210,000 grant as additional capital for their bead-making business.

    “We will also provide grants to other senior citizens groups in other districts,” he said.

    DOLE’s Assisted Livelihood Program helps the senior citizen-beneficiaries to be productive, self-reliant, self-developed and fosters their capacity to attain a more meaningful, productive and satisfying life and also to promote entrepreneurship through small income generating projects in spite of their age, DOLE National Capital Region director Jhonson Canete Jr. said.

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