TACLOBAN CITY- The regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-8) reported that it has already released P67.84 million to fund its various employment programs. Meldie Tabanao, labor communications officer designate, said that as a result of the implementation of these several employment programs, 10,727 people from all over the region benefited them. The P67.84 million funded the Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BUB), Yolanda Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Projects (YRRP) and DOLE Integrated Livelihood Emergency Employment Program or DILEEP.

The amount granted to the beneficiaries in the BUB reached to P10.50 million while P21.39 million was released for the implementation of the DILEEP. About P35.95 million was also allocated for the implementation of the YRRP in the region, Tabanao said. The department is still hoping to increase its beneficiaries in the next few months, she added. (ROXANNE DIANZON LOGATOC, LNU Intern)