BASULTA – A total of 1,107 beneficiaries under the Bangsamoro Child Labor Sagip Program (BCLSP), Government Internship Program (GIP) for Ustadh, and the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) from the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi benefited from the Ministry of Labor and Employment.

In a simultaneous payout activities conducted by the Ministry on Nov. 22-23 at the ministry’s provincial offices in Tawi-Tawi and Basilan and Nov. 25-26 in Sulu, around P10.7 million has been released to cover livelihood assistance and stipends of the MOLE beneficiaries.

Under the BCLSP, there were 107 beneficiaries from each of the island provinces or a sum of 321 beneficiaries who received P20,000.00 livelihood assistance. BCLSP is one of the flagship programs of the ministry headed by Minister Muslimin G. Sema.

It is under the Bureau of Employment, Promotion and Welfare supervised by its director, Sara Jane Sinsuat which aims to uplift the living conditions of children who are engaged in child labor and hazardous working condition.

Along with, each of the 129 beneficiaries under the GIP-Ustadh received their 3-month salary amounting to P14,850.00 while the 219 per province or a total of 657 SPES beneficiaries received P3,600.00 to cover their 30-day stipend.

Ustadh Jamad Hairol, one of the beneficiaries of GIP-Ustadh from Tawi-tawi who is a member of Supreme Council on Islamic Preaches and Guidance, expressed his gratitude to the Bangsamoro government for the support they have received.

“Alhamdulillah, ang natanggap namin kaunti man o marami to support our program in order to strengthen our contribution and our preaches especially “dawah” in support to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” the beneficiary said.

The payment of wages for the GIP and the SPES beneficiaries is based on the daily minimum wage set in the locality.

Mohammad Abujihad Sema, MOLE chief of staff, together with Amna Farrah Alihuddin, Jemimah Ilaji, and Haipa Jumdain, the heads of field offices in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi respectively were present to grace the payout activities. Further, Abdulmuhmin Alyakanie Mujahid, former member of the parliament was also present during the activity. (MOLE-ICD)