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Just last May, Ms. Lourdes Malaluan of Sto. Toribio, Lipa City, Batangas lost his husband after an untimely death due to a heart attack while working as a construction worker.

Despite their continued communication with the owner of the company where his husband used to work for 10 years, their family received no assistance for the burial of her late spouse.

Due to this, Ms. Malaluan sought the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through a Request for Assistance (RFA) through the Single Entry Approach (SeNA).

“Dahil ayaw nga pong tumulong sa amin. Dahil nga po matagal syang nagtrabaho doon . Tapos ngayon kahit konting tulong ay ayaw kaming bigyan…Ang dahilan po ng kawalaan ay nastroke po sya doon. Doon po sa loob oras ng trabaho. Naaksidente po sya doon,” Malaluan said.

According to Ms. Jennylyn Rubio, the assigned SeNA Desk Officer (SEADO), while the complaint is pending, coordinated with the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) unit of the department headed by Ms. Salvacion Kalalo and the Livelihood Development Specialist, Mr. Robert Rodelas to apply for possible assistance for their family.

Ms. Jennylyn Rubio serves as the SEADO of Ms. Lourdes Malaluan in her request for assistance for her deceased husband who used to work in a construction company. (Photo by April Magpantay/DOLE BPO)

“Si Ma’am kasi nung pumunta dito parang lost talaga sya hindi nya alam kung anong gagawin nya. So naisip ko, meron naman tayo program bakit hindi natin i-offer,” Ms. Rubio uttered.

After evaluation of the requirements, Ms. Malaluan finally received her much-needed source of income to start anew through the sewing business starter package from the DILP last June 23.

“Sabi ko nga po ay mag gagawa ako ng mga bed sheet, punda ng unan mananahi po ako,” Ms. Malaluan shared.

For her assigned SEADO, Ms. Rubio, the turnover of livelihood packages served as the fulfillment of the goal of the department of providing intervention to poor, vulnerable, and marginalized individuals like Ms. Malaluan.

“Ako masaya ako kay ma’am kasi ito nga naibigay na yung livelihood assistance nya from DOLE. Kasi kung ano naman lahat ay gusto nating bigyan. Si Ma’am talaga nung nakita ko tingin ko talaga ay kailangang kailangan nya para mag start ng panibagong buhay,” Ms. Rubio added.

NEW BEGINNING. DOLE Batangas turned over the livelihood package for Ms. Malaluan, June 23. (Photo by April Magpantay/DOLE BPO)

Both individuals and groups may apply for the livelihood projects of the department in different components such as Kabuhayan Formation, Enhancement, and Restoration.

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