Cebu City, Philippines (18 May 2023). Beneficiaries of the DOLE’s livelihood program, who were able to improve their lives with the help of their DOLE-Assisted livelihood projects will be awarded anytime soon.

This came up after the DOLE-7’s Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) successfully concluded yesterday, 17 May 2023, the selection process of the regional winners of the 2023 Kabuhayan Awards under two (2) categories: Best Individual Project and Best Group Project.

Joemar T. Enanor of Cabugnayan, of Bogo, Maria, Siquijor, who ventured into Egg-Laying Project bested other regional contenders and won under the Best Individual Project Category.

The Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Can-asujan (NAMACAN) in Carcar City, Cebu, on the other hand, emerged as the winner and outshined the rest of the regional nominees under the Best Group Project Category. After thorough scrutiny against the standard criteria, NAMACAN demonstrated that it successfully expanded the services it offers, augmented its income, and generated employment.

All nominees were adjudged according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance- 25%;
  • Effectiveness- 25%;
  • Efficiency- 25%; and
  • Impact- 25%.

“We recognize our livelihood project recipients for their outstanding accomplishments. The selection of awardees for various categories of awards under the DOLE Kabuhayan Awards has been institutionalized. By showcasing the accomplishments of our top-performing livelihood project beneficiaries, we are able to spread their best practices hoping that other beneficiaries and the would-be beneficiaries will be able to replicate the same,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director, Lilia A. Estillore, who personally led the selection of the regional winners.

As regional winners, Joemar T. Enanor will receive Php30,000 cash prize and Php50,000.00 for NAMACAN.

Both will represent DOLE-7 to the national competition to be held in Manila. “We are now trying to polish the video presentation of each regional contender. If fortunate enough and they will become national winners, Joemar T. Enanor will be awarded with another Php50,000.00 and Php100,000.00 for NAMACAN. We hope that Region-7 will produce national winners this year,” said Director Estillore.

Other awards that will be conferred during the national awarding ceremonies to be held later this year will include the following:

  • Top Performing Regions in Livelihood Implementation;
  • Top 3 Performing Regions in Sustainable Livelihood Framework Implementation;
  • Best in Video Documentation;
  • Best Performing Livelihood Focal Person;
  • Best Local Government Unit- Implementing the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP)/ Best Accredited Co-Partner (ACP)- Implementing DILP); and
  • Recognition of the PESO Managers of the national winners of the Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Projects.

“Another very important consideration we looked into in the selection process is that the projects of the nominees should have been funded by DOLE within a specific period of time. There are nominees that are very promising but failed to comply with this requirement,” added the Regional Head.

To qualify, Individual Projects should have been funded within 2019 to 2022. Under the Group Projects Category, projects under the Formation Stage should have been funded within four (4) years prior to the current year. Projects under the Enhancement Stage should have started through DOLE’s assistance in terms of working capital and provided enhancement to similar project within at least one (1) year after the first assistance was given.

“We wish all our regional winners the best of luck. We are proud of them and we want everyone to know about it. It is our desire that they will serve as an inspiration to others to become self-reliant and financially independent. Congratulations to Joemar T. Enanor and to NAMACAN!” Director Estillore finally said.





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