The Kabuhayan Awards 2019 of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) culminated last May 27, 2019 at the Manila Prince Hotel, Manila. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have been implementing livelihood projects from its DOLE INTEGRATED LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM (DILP) as contribution to the national government’s poverty reduction programs.
To sustain the gains out of the livelihood assistance, giving recognition to the beneficiaries’ effort in successfully managing the projects as deemed essential. Thus, the Department through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns has institutionalized an annual Incentive and Award System for Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Project which is also known as The Kabuhayan Awards. It is an awards and recognition system which aims to showcase the best of the best which consists of two categories: the Group Project and the Individual Project.
For Individual Project Category DOLE Region 10 nominates Mr. Abdul Bashet Paniambaan, a Marawi Siege evacuee who sought refuge in Malaybalay City and started a new life with the help of the DOLE-Malaybalay City Field Office in granting him assistance for his Mobile Accessories and RTW Starter Kit Project, while Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc. represents the region for the Group Project Category which they will be competing against the best group projects from all the regions of the country.
Meanwhile, Region 12 got the best Kabuhayan Awards for Individual Category and Region 9 for the group category. Region 10 won the 2nd place in the best video for group category.
DOLE X Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao personally accompanied the team together with Mr. Atheneus Vasallo, Director II, Mr. Raul Valmores, Provincial Head, Ms. Ebba Borbon- Acosta, Provincial head, Mr. Charlton James Busa, SR LEO, Mr. Archibald Batica, SR LEO and Mr. Roy Casino, LEO II to represent the Region with the nominees to the 2019 Kabuhayan Awards.
Other programs from DOLE are poverty reduction and inclusive development, through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) implements the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP).
The Program seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises. Small Medium Enterprises that are handled by groups, associations and even multi-purpose cooperative can avail in the said program.
Member of the group must be from the following sectors: Self-employed workers who are unable to earn sufficient income, Unpaid family workers, Low-waged and seasonal workers, Workers displaced or to be displaced, Marginalized and landless farmers, Marginalized fisher-folks, Women and Youth, Persons with Disability, Senior Citizens, Indigenous Peoples, Victims of Armed Conflicts, Rebel Returnees, Parents of child laborers, On the other hand, these beneficiaries are not eligible to avail of the program: Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Government Employees, including those at the Local Government Units (LGUs).
(Rhyan Casiño is an artist and a member of the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro and Chairman of Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc. recipient of the national award Ten Accomplished Youth Organization or TAYO. For comments/suggestions please send to firstname.lastname@example.org)