Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz was ecstatic over the 2015 National PESO Congress where, for the first time, the best and brightest of DOLE-assisted livelihood projects were recognized and awarded.

“For the first time in the history of the PESO and also of the DOLE, livelihood beneficiaries, who are considered informal sector workers, shared the limelight with PESO managers at the National PESO Congress. It’s their time to shine, too,” said Baldoz at the awarding ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The event, called the 2015 Kabuhayan Awards, is embedded in the Congress proper. The 2015 Kabuhayan Awards, Baldoz’s brainchild, was spearheaded by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), headed by Director Ahmma Charisma Satumba, in cooperation with all DOLE regional offices.

Anchored on the theme, “Pagdaloy ng Disenteng Trabaho at Maunlad na Negosyo, Kaagapay ang DOLE-PESO”, the 2015 National PESO Congress is the first to include a livelihood summit in its calendar.

At the 2015 Kabuhayan Awards, regional and national awards of recognition to outstanding beneficiaries of DOLE’s livelihood programs were conferred with plaques of recognition and cash awards. Secretary Baldoz herself handed out the awards.

The livelihood summit involved plenary and breakout workshops and featured beneficiaries of the livelihood assisted under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).They shared their best practices, experiences, and struggles in weaving stories of success for their DOLE-assisted businesses.

Aside from the awarding activity, the event was an occasion for the unveiling of the DILEEP logo and the launching of the DOLE Livelihood Beneficiaries Product Showcase (DLBPS) web portal at www.lbp.bwsc.dole.gov.ph

“Through the DILEEP, the DOLE continues to provide decent employment and livelihoods to vulnerable workers to help them and their communities become self-reliant so that, in effect, they become the government’s partners in creating employment and eradicating poverty,” Secretary Baldoz said.

The awardees, both in individual and in group categories, were chosen based on their livelihood project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact—the four criteria set by the DOLE for the 2015 Kabuhayan Awards.  The Board of Judges was chaired by Secretary Baldoz, with Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, Assistant Secretary Gloria Tango, Directors Warren Miclat of the Finance Management Service (FMS), Rovelinda Dela Rosa of the Internal Audit Service (IAS), and Charisma Satumba of the BWSC as members.

Each criterion, given a 25 percent rating, was measured based on output and observable indicators. The national awardees of the 2015 Kabuhayan Awards were the following:

 

• Individual Category:  Denver R. Duque of Gattaran, Cagayan for his auto welding and repair shop project
• Group Category: ADAP Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AMPC) of Buhangin District, Davao City for its furniture production.

Baldoz said the DOLE will institutionalize the Kabuhayan Awards for Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Projects to inspire vulnerable individuals and groups assisted by the DOLE to make their businesses/enterprises profitable and sustainable.

“We want their business to grow, and we would like them to know we are ready to help them do that exactly,” she said.

END/aldm

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