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Tableya-makers and a PWD represent DOLE-7 in a national tilt

 

Cebu City, Philippines. With more than Php75 Million budget released in 2019 for its livelihood program, DOLE-7 produced over 12 thousand actual livelihood beneficiaries for the year and from that figure and out of the existing beneficiaries, two (2) livelihood projects stood out taking the name of the Region to this year’s national competition.

The Canjulao League of Women of Jagna, Bohol falling under the group category and the Good Hands Massage Services of Talamban, Cebu City under the individual category will be representing Region-7 to this year’s Kabuhayan Awards or so-called the 2020 Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Projects National Competition.

The Canjulao League of Women, best known for their tableya, a traditional Filipino ingredient made up of roasted cacao beans, first availed the DOLE’s livelihood assistance in 2013 hoping to augment the income of their members, who are mostly women and senior citizens.

Ma. Corazon H. Monroid, DOLE-Bohol Field OIC, said that having accessed the livelihood program of the Department in the amount of over Php300,000.00, the group started making their dreams come true after also receiving trainings and other forms of assistance from other government agencies especially from the local government unit of Jagna. The group, she added, used the funds from the DOLE to procure materials and jigs required by their project – Tableya Processing and Marketing Enterprise - particularly the raw materials such as cacao beans.

With the financial aid that the DOLE extended to them seven (7) years ago, the group, now a micro social enterprise, managed to sustain their livelihood undertaking, increased production and expanded their market. In 2019, they registered more than Php2 Million in assets including a parcel of land bought in 2015 that serves until now as their processing area.

The Good Hands Massage Services owned by a differently abled person, on the other hand, started with Php10,0000.00 financial assistance from DOLE in 2013 through the USC-KNN, Inc., one of the DOLE-7’s reliable accredited co-partners (ACPs) in the implementation of its Kabuhayan Program.

For Mr. Jordan Pardillo, proprietor, the financial aid from DOLE was instrumental in achieving his goals in life despite being blind. Back then, armed with nothing but the skills he got from a massage training program, he used to only earn as much as Php150.00 per day.

His main concerns at that time, according to DOLE Tri-City Field Office Chief Emmanuel Y. Ferrer, was the lack of needed materials in doing his trade such as towels, foot tools, and massage oils, among others.

Three (3) years after Pardillo received assistance from DOLE, his income dramatically changed. From the meager daily income of Php150.00, little by little, he started earning from Php600.00 to Php1,000.00 a day. Apart from the savings he managed to make, he gradually bought additional tools and equipment for his massage business, which is now permanently stationed in one of the malls located in Cordova, Cebu. He also became a permanent exhibitor at the three branches of the same mall situated in Mambaling, Talamban and at the I.T. Business Park in Lahug.

Once poverty-stricken, Pardillo leapfrogged and is now earning a gross monthly income of Php300,000.00.

“It is even more amazing for this beneficiary because he has also generated employment by providing jobs to 21 fellow differently-abled persons to whom he shared his business income through commission basis with an assurance that they are earning with an average daily rate that is at par with the current wage rates applicable within the expanded Metro Cebu area,” said Ferrer.

The Canjulao League of Women and the Good Hands Massage Services are the DOLE-7’s Regional Winners competing nationally under 2 different categories.

“For being the Regional Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Projects, both are already assured of a cash prize, which will be awarded during the National Awarding Ceremonies to be tentatively held on the last week of May this year in Manila,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, who urged the rest of the livelihood beneficiaries of DOLE to replicate the best practices demonstrated by the regional contenders, saying that such will help make their undertakings viable, sustainable and relevant in the community.

The last time Central Visayas brought home the most coveted national award was in 2018 when the K’Hanz Cakes and Pastries owned by Jessieryl Pitogo of Barangay Calawisan, Lapu-Lapu City bested other national finalists and became the national winner under the Individual Category.

The DOLE Kabuhayan Awards is a recognition system under the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program that recognizes and rewards outstanding DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Projects.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

 

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2020-03-12
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