The Department of Trade and Industry, as the Chair of Livelihood and Economic Opportunity Cluster, conducts livelihood interventions for the evacuees while they are still in the evacuation centers. DTI also facilitates and coordinates projects with partners, NGOs and other government agencies. The cluster approach to disaster management was an initiative coming from Gov. Joey Salceda and put into practice through Executive Order #2014-11.

The livelihood intervention is seen to transform the idle times of people in the evacuation center into an economic and income-generating opportunity and hopefully, provide additional income for the family.

There were a total of 24 individuals provided with skills training on coco-coir Twining conducted at San Antonio, Tabaco City Evacuation Center on September 27, 2014. There were 24 participants coming from Brgy Magapo, Brgy. Uson, and Brgy. Isidro.

All these three barangays are within the permanent danger zone and were affected and evacuated due to mayon Volcano’s restlessness. Immediate outcome were: a) provision of 24 sets of coco-coir twining machines to participant-women, b.) direct market match-up with a coco-coir firm in Malinao for provision of raw materials and at the same time as buyer of their output.

Regional Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco of DTI 5 has ensured the continuation of the Livelihood Caravan in all evacuation centers. The activities lined up include fashion accessories training, dimsum making, coco-coir twining, handicrafts production, crochet, braiding and karagumoy weaving. Target evacuation centers are those located in Tabaco, Sto. Domingo, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, and Ligao.

Likewise, DTI partnership with PhilExport, shall implement the “Earn While You Learn Program”. DTI and the exporters group shall provide the skills training, raw materials and market access for the evacuees.