THE Labor department said it signed an agreement with the Social Welfare department to prepare beneficiaries of the government’s cash-transfer program to enter the workforce.

The deal between the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) covers beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps), which provides financial aid to the poorest families.

The departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday with manpower agency Starboard, Inc. to equip 4Ps beneficiaries with skills training and employment.

“DSWD partners with various organizations to ensure that appropriate assistance is given 4Ps beneficiaries towards improving their well-being enabling them to eventually transition out of poverty,” the DSWD said in a statement.

Starboard will deliver free training for 4Ps beneficiaries pre-qualified by the DSWD. The agency will also endorse potential hires to its employer-partners for job opportunities here or overseas. — Gillian M. Cortez