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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Oct. 22 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) informed that another P2.9 million for 2015 is allocated for the livelihood projects in Maasin City, in a Turn-over and Awarding Ceremony of Motocycle Spare Parts and Merchandising held Friday.

DOLE Assistant Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman in his message said that the said amount intended for livelihood projects to the beneficiaries in Maasin City is now ready at the regional office provided that the city government will submit completely the liquidation of the Motorcycle Spare Parts project for motorcab drivers.

"DOLE is just waiting for the liquidation of the motorcycle spare parts project, the inventory of items and the submission of terminal reports," Guzman said during the turn-over ceremony participated by drivers from Zone II in Maasin City, some local officials led by Mayor Maloney Samaco, local social welfare office staff, DILG, among other participants.

Earlier, Maasin city received the P989,000 motorcycle spare parts and merchandising project from DOLE with a counterpart from Maasin City in the amount of P510,000.

He said that the P2.9-M project's release will depend on the completion of the liquidation documents and the outcome of the motorcycle spare parts and merchandising project.

"We should be thankful to the able leadership of Mayor Maloney Samaco for conceptualizing this project with the help of the local DILG, the lead agency of the Bottoms-up Budgeting (BuB) where the funds came from," Guzman revealed further.

Meanwhile, DOLE-Southern Leyte Provincial Head Fe Norma Valuis disclosed that the projects lined-up for Maasin City include Coconut Virgin Oil in the amount of P1 million, another P900,000 for the Welding and Vulcanizing and P1 million worth for individual project for starter kits, totaling to P2.9 million.

Valuis is hopeful that the motocycle spare parts and merchandising project is not only for the beginning, but rather the first step to uplift each one's income, saying that "walang malaki na hindi nag-umpisa sa maliit." (esg/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)