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DOLE-NCR Takes Pride in its BEST DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Projects

On 12 May 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment awards the BEST DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Projects at the Waterfront Manila Pavillon Hotel, United Nations Avenue corner Ma. Orosa Street, Manila.

DOLE-NCR takes pride in its individual and group entries.  For the individual category, the production of chili sauce of Mr. Marcial Tan Angkok was the Office’s official entry.  Mr. Angkok, who is fondly known as Tatay Marcial was born with cerebral palsy.  However, he did not let this condition hinder him from earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree, which eventually led him to a decent job. However, to avoid discrimination, he resigned and opted to establish his own business.  He sought the assistance of the Caloocaan City PESO, which provided assistance for the production of his chili sauce.  With the amount of Php 5,500, which was awarded to him last 2014, his hands crafted the chili sauce which does not only serve as condiment, but can also be consumed as viand.  He made the most out of what was given to him, and his product is now known in the market as “Chili Pinoy”.  Tatay Marcial’s livelihood project helped him and his family make ends meet, and also helped them send his three (3) children to school. 

Another entry of DOLE-NCR entry for the group category is the Balikatan sa Kaunlaran National Foundation, otherwise known as BSK.  BSK is a non-profit, non-government organization who saw the need to provide an alternative source of income to tricycle drivers and operators in San Juan City.  In 2015, they were provided with Php 572,000 worth of vulcanizing machines, air compressors, welding machines, coverage to micro-insurance, and underwent social preparation trainings in order to put up their vulcanizing shop.  Up to present, BSK maintains their vulcanizing shop and their small business was able to augment their income.  It proved helpful to all tricycle drivers and operators, including their families. 

During the awarding ceremony, Tatay Marcial shared words of wisdom and encouragement to his co-beneficiaries, “ Mula sa kagamitan na naibigay ng DOLE sa ating mga proyekto, sa pamamagitan ng ating pagpupunyagi, ating nakamtan ang maliit na tagumpay na ito.  Huwag tayong manatili na nakasandal sa ating kinalalagyan ngayon.  Bukas ay isang panibagong yugto ng ating buhay, ng ating kabuhayan at ng ating kapaligiran.  Tayo ay humaharap sa isang mas matinding hamon sa ating kinalalagyan.  Nariyan ang pabago-bagong panlasa ng mamimili, mula sa pagkain, serbisyo, at teknolohiya.  Lalong mas malubhang pagsubok sa atin ang inaasahang pagdagsa sa pamilihan ng mga produkto ng dayuhan sanhi ng pagluwag ng pangdaigdigang kalakaran.  Ang DOLE ay maaaring maging daan upang mahikayat ang mga dambuhalang mall na maglaan ng libreng pwesto para sa mga karapat-dapat na mga bagong produkto sa kani-kanilang lugar, upang mas mabigyang kahulugan ang kanilang Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), ay dapat tumulong sila sa pagtaguyod ng mga bagong produkto o serbisyo.”


More than being recognized during the awarding rites, these individuals proved that even tough they were not able to bag the top prize, they are living testimonies that with DOLE’s assistance mixed with their creativity, skills, and determination, anything is possible as long as they put their heart into it. END/Diana Joyz G. Esguerra

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