TACLOBAN CITY – Citing the need to uplift the condition of the unemployed poor in the 2nd district of Leyte province, the regional chief of the Department of Labor and Employment, Director Elias A. Cayanong and Rep. Henry Ong agreed to deliver programs that will provide alternative livelihood, particularly to youth, women, disabled persons, and parents of child laborers. During a meeting held on July 21, 2016 at the Office of the DOLE Regional Director, the two government officials expressed their commitment to extend livelihood assistance to the informal sector workers who are oftentimes left out in the highly competitive labor market. Director Cayanong explained that the DOLE under its Integrated Livelihood Program has been providing self-employment through livelihood, with the hope of providing productive and gainful employment for the marginalized and unprotected workers. “I am very happy that congressman Ong expressed his interest to partner with us in the implementation of our livelihood program. And I would like to match that commitment by strongly working with him to speed up the processing of livelihood proposals that may be submitted to our office”, the labor chief said. Rep. Ong thanked Dir. Cayanong for the support to his advocacies despite being a neophyte legislator, particularly of his livelihood program. (PR)