The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) honored the regional winners of the 2019 Kabuhayan Awards for the individual and group category in a simple ceremony held on September 18, 2020.

DOLE-NCR Regional Director Sarah Buena S. Mirasol awarded the Plaque of Recognition to Ms. Khareen Lutz Fami, owner of the Kalahi Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) for the Individual Category and to Ms. Noemi Pagaragan, general manager of the Stardolls Multi-purpose Cooperative for the Group Category.

“Our heartfelt congratulations to the Kalahi FMA and Stardolls Multi-purpose Cooperative. The assistance provided to both these winners proved to have a remarkable impact in their lives as it enabled them to have a sustainable economic undertakings, generate or preserve employment, and give back to their respective communities. We hope that their hard work in sustaining their livelihood projects will continue to inspire more beneficiaries,” Mirasol said.

Both established in Caloocan City, the Kalahi FMA offers all kinds of Filipino Martial Arts supplies such as Arnis Sticks, Padded Sticks, Stick Bags, Largo Sticks, Bangkaw (spear), FMA Uniform, Head Protectors, among others. The Stardolls Multi-purpose Cooperative, on the other hand, manufactures reversible dolls with fairytales or biblical characters and educational toys for children.

Apart from the Plaque of Recognition, both winners were also awarded a financial grant under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP). As the Regional Winner for the Individual Category in NCR, Ms. Khareen Lutz Fami received a financial grant of P30,000 while Ms. Noemi Pagaragan on behalf of the Stardolls Multi-purpose Cooperative for the Group Category were granted a total of P50,000.

The DILP or KABUHAYAN Program is a flagship program of the DOLE that provides grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures for vulnerable and marginalized workers. The labor department also annually holds the DOLE Kabuhayan Awards, which aims to recognize and reward the relentless efforts and perseverance of its beneficiaries in sustaining the gains out of the DOLE funded livelihood projects.

END / Hershey Aquino (with report from Aurora E. Halcon / TSSD-EPWW)