The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) encourages workers from informal sector such as farmers, fisher folks, drivers, vendors, unpaid family members, and others, to avail of the financial and livelihood assistance from the government to transition them from informal to the formal economy.
The DOLE’s Kabuhayan Program, a component of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), enables the workers to build a viable employment option through income-generating livelihood activities. The assistance program could be granted to workers in the informal economy under two categories – group and individual projects.
For group projects, an organization with 15 to 25 members could avail of a maximum financial assistance of PHP250,000.00.
An organization composed of 26 to 50 members could avail up to PHP500,000.00; while an organization composed of more than 50 members could be granted a maximum assistance of PHP1,000,000.00.
Under individual projects, workers can avail of the Starter Kit or Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart) up to PHP20,000.00.
Who can apply for DOLE Kabuhayan Program?
Eligible beneficiaries of the DOLE’s Kabuhayan Program include those who are:
- self-employed with insufficient income;
- marginalized and landless farmers;
- marginalized fisherfolks;
- unpaid family members;
- women and youth;
- low/minimum wage earners and seasonal workers;
- workers displaced or to be displaced as a result of natural disasters or closure of establishments, retrenched and terminate workers;
- persons with disability (PWDs);
- senior citizens; indigenous people;
- parents or guardians of child laborers;
- rebel returnees; and
- victims of armed conflict.
Interested applicants may go to a nearest DOLE office for further inquiry on application process and requirements.