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Students eye business boom after given livelihood assistance by DOLE

Bohol, Philippines. They contributed one peso a day, joined contests, and gathered and sold empty bottles just to raise funds for the group. They used the proceeds to help print, reproduce, and process supporting documents needed for their registration as a legitimate association of the Department of Labor and Employment. 

The members of the Saint Calungsod Students Agribusiness Club of Carmen, Bohol were proud of their journey from simply dreaming of doing business up to actually receiving the livelihood assistance from the DOLE earlier last month in the amount of P365,841.50. 

Said amount would be used by the members, who are mostly Agriculture students and alumni of the Bohol Institute of Technology-Carmen Campus, for their Hog Fattening Project. 

The jigs and materials that would be procured by the group very soon as soon as the canvassing of materials is already in place would include feeds, medicine, coco lumber, cement, sand, gravel, nails, and piglets. 

“We know that this project will help mold us into young entrepreneurs and productive members of the community,” said Ms. Sharie Mae Andoy, President, during the ceremonial turn-over in Barangay Katipunan, Carmen. 

The assistance extended by the DOLE to the group, according to one member, would definitely make their business venture go a long way. “Among atimanonang among proyektongagihatagnamusa DOLE kay para nisa among kaugmaonkaykinimakatabanggyudnamuugsa among mgaginikanansapagbayadug tuition, allowance uguban pa alangsa among pag-eskwela,” added another. 

The Danao Women’s Association, another group-beneficiary based in Barangay Danao, Valencia likewise received on the same day, livelihood assistance from the Department in the amount of P143,120.00. 

The association, according to Ms. Daisy Maestrado, President, would use the amount to purchase needed materials for their Tilapia Production and Marketing Project. And those would include the following, namely: bamboo, ropes, fishnets, mosquito nets, floaters, circuit breakers, electric wires, weighing scales, freezer, cooler, and fingerlings, among others. 

“We thank the Department of Labor and Employment particularly the Bohol Field Office for giving us the opportunity to finally materialize our plans by way of giving us financial assistance,” said Maestradp. 

Barangay Captain EsterlunaGalorport noted that the Barangay has already established its market for Tilapia in the town and its neighboring municipalities. Back in 2005, Governor EricoAumentado granted Barangay Danao a starting kit for Tilapia production. Since then, she recalled, the demand for it had been growing. 

“We are looking forward to not just helping ourselves financially but also the whole Barangay and its neighboring places since we will soon be helping to cater the growing demand for Tilapia in our place,” Maestrado finally said. 

Apart from the release of grants, beneficiaries were given orientation on how to go about their liquidation and project monitoring report. 



For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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