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Farmers in Carcar City now into water refilling station and laundry business

Cebu City, Philippines. “Sa akong inadlaw-adlaw nga panginabuhi isip mag-uuma, ako nangandoy nga unta maduganang pa ang akong katakos sa pag-income ug daku-dako matag bulan alang sa mga panginahanglanon sa pamilya,” said Juanita Enojada, a native farmer of Kapatagan, Perrelos, Carcar City, Cebu.

Apart from planting rice and selling crops, Juanita is also into hog raising, something that has been a part of her everyday life for many years.

With the idea of earning more and the benefits that she could get from collaborating with co-farmers in the neighborhood, she associated herself with the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Can-asujan (NAMACAN). A move, which she said, was able to help her improve her craft being a farmer.

Being a member of NAMACAN, she said she would have wanted for their association to also venture into something that would help them not just earn but also provide other needed services among their constituents in Carcar City.

For Juanita, 58, it seemed a farfetched idea in the beginning but when she learned that NAMACAN was chosen as the beneficiary of the Self-Reliant Organizations-Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (SRO-CARP) of the Department of Labor and Employment under its livelihood program, very delighted she said, “Daku kaayo ang akong kalipay nga sa katapusan, natuman intawn ang among pangandoy. Ang DOLE maoy gayud ang nag-giya kanamo sugod sa sinugdanan.”

To ensure the group’s readiness and social preparation to handle the business, the DOLE-7 provided them technical assistance in the form of business write shop, organizational training and project management training.

Juanita said that they just tried their luck and proposed to engage with a Water Refilling Station and Laundry Shop business. And it came true, she added.

“After having met the guidelines of the livelihood program of DOLE, the funding of the proposed business of NAMACAN was approved. We are also happy for the members. Apart from farming, they now have an alternative business undertaking to look into and take care of,” said Vivencio Lagahid, DOLE-Cebu Provincial Field Office Officer-in-Charge.

For the project, the DOLE released to the association a total of One Million Pesos with the group spending over Php300,000.00 as counterpart.

Located in a strategic area in Tindahan, Can-asujan, the project is expected to increase the income of the association members every month and make it an enterprise from a micro, small or medium sized enterprise within three (3) of years in operation.

“Walay kabutangan sa among kalipay tungod sa One Million Pesos grant nga gihatag sa DOLE. Kini makatabang gayud nga madugangan ang among income unya mo-usbaw gayud ang panginabuhian namong mga membro sa asosasyon,” added Juanita.

She is proud citing a big possibility for the association to generate employment since it would really need people or association members to closely man the business. “Gawas pa ani, dili lang kaming mga membro ang maka-benepsiyo sa among proyekto tungod kay makahatag naman kami ug mga services ngadto sa ubang mga lumulupyo dinhi sa among barangay ug sa Carcar City mismo,” she continued.

“We’ve closely looked into the viability of the business. And it’s one of the many considerations that we have to make before the funding is approved. We have to make sure that the project will have a big chance of going a long way. This and more are what our Regional Project Management Team is focusing on every time they evaluate project proposals,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

She urged the beneficiaries to take care of their business adding that, “It’s not every day that the DOLE releases One Million Pesos to associations that would want to go into business. Meaning to say, this is such a big opportunity for them- something that they must nurture and ensure that it will thrive and last.”

The NAMACAN is just one of the associations provided with livelihood assistance by the DOLE under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

Asked how she’d perceive the future of their new business, Juanita said, “Among napanglanwatan ang hayag nga kaugmaon sa among negosyo ug sa among association hilabi na kung kaming mga membro aktibo sa among gimbuhaton, adunay panag-hiusa ug respeto sa matag usa.”

Optimistic, she said that time will come for them to not just provide services within Carcar City but also in the neighboring municipalities.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 234-3317 or Tricitydole7@yahoo.com.ph; (032) 266-7424 or cpfodolero7@gmail.com; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/ dolenegrosoriental@gmail.com; (035) 480-9244 or dolesiquijor@gmail.com; (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806 or doleboholfo@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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2020-09-10
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