A barbecue vendor and a women’s association emerged as national winners in Department of Labor and Employment’s Kabuhayan Awards, or the search for outstanding DOLE-assisted livelihood projects, during the culmination of the nationwide competition last week.

 

Sheryl E. Monroid from Davao Region was recognized as the national champion under the individual category, and Gabriela Women’s Association as the national champion under the group category.

 

The Kabuhayan Awards are bestowed upon individuals and groups who have successfully managed their DOLE-assisted livelihood projects.

 

Monroid, 28, with two children, was selected as the Kabuhayan champion for her feat in expanding her Nego-Cart Barbecue project which she received from DOLE in 2015.

 

With her determination and good business management, the volume and variety of products she sold have expanded, thus resulted to employment generation in the locality of Padada, Davao del Sur.

 

At present, Monroid has five regular assistants and three part-time students whom she provides with free meals, allowances, and enrollment to national insurances.

 

Her income, on the other hand, ranges now from P7,500 to P10,000 during regular nights, and P15,000 to P16,000 during special occasions, which she uses in sending her children to school. She was also able to construct their house out of her income from her business. Now, she is venturing into another livelihood project, which is hog raising.

 

Gabriela Women’s Association, on the other hand, is a marginalized group of farmers and home-based workers that clinched the top spot under the competition’s group category.

 

The women’s group from Pidigan, Abra after being provided with financial assistance by their local government unit, has ventured into Chichacorn processing. They were able to enhance their undertaking after DOLE granted them livelihood assistance twice, one in 2012, amounting to P450,737, and in 2015, with P810,750.

 

With the numerous support they received, including from the DTI, they managed to transition their livelihood undertaking into competitive and sustainable enterprise. Their products are now being sold at various pasalubong centers, groceries, sari-sari stores and schools, and this has resulted to employment generation of more people in their locality.

 

From 32 in 2011, their members now is at 100, enabling them to meet their basic family needs, pay for their social security contributions, and help other farmers gain additional income by buying their corn at higher prices.

 

The 2017 Kabuhayan Awards was organized by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) in coordination with DOLE Regional Offices.

 

Under the individual category, the national finalists include Sauce Making/Pinoy Chili Sauce from the National Capital Region (NCR); Pork Rind Making (Chicharon) from Region 3; Tailoring Project from Region 4-A; Puto Making from Region 5; Poultry Raising/Vegetable Production from Region 6; Reign Bag Making from Region 7; Nego-Kart from Region 9; Restaurant and Catering Services from Region 12; and Sari-Sari Store and Kakanin Business from CARAGA.

 

In the group category, the national finalists are TODA Livelihood and Assistance Project from NCR; Fossilized Flowers from Region 2; Wine Making from Region 3; Production of School Chairs from Region 4-A; Virgin Coconut Oil and Turmeric Tea Production from Region 4-B; Rice Mill Project from Region 5; Native Chicken Industry Project from Region 6; Vulcanizing Shop from Region 7; Massage and Spa Services from Region 9; Fish Pen Cage Culture from Region 10; Garments and Handicrafts Making from Region 11; Enhancement of Customized Shirts with Computer Printing Embroidery/Silk Screen from Region 12; and Pure Ever Purified Drinking Water Station from CARAGA.

 

The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers of the national level winners were also conferred with Plaque of Recognition for their vital contribution to the growth and the sustainability of livelihood projects of ‘Kabuhayan winners’.

 

END/Tim Laderas

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