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Mr. Pablo T. Aranas of Lingkod Banahaw Multi-purpose Cooperative from Candelaria, Quezon while receiving the award as DOLE IV-A Regional winner – Group category for the Best DOLE Assisted Livelihood Projects held on May 12, 2017 at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel. Handing the award were Usec. Bernard P. Olalia, ASec. Maria Gloria A. Tango and Asec Federico V. Abuan Jr.

In recognition of individuals and groups who exhibited exemplary performance in managing their livelihood undertakings funded under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, the DOLE through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) initiated the awarding of the Best DOLE Assisted Livelihood projects held on May 12, 2017 at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel in Manila. In 2016, the same undertaking was also organized by the said Bureau with the DOLE Quezon Provincial Office under the group category emerging as the regional winner for CALABARZON along with the DOLE Laguna Provincial Office for the individual category. This year and for the second time, DOLE Quezon Provincial Office with Lingkod Banahaw Multi-purpose Cooperative won the group category together with Mr. Simon Quitain, DOLE Batangas beneficiary winning the individual category.

Lingkod Banahaw Multi-purpose Cooperative is a group of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) from Malabanban Sur and Masalukot II, Candelaria, Quezon who started to venture into production of school chairs in 2005. Seeing the potential of the cooperative to expand its project, the DOLE has provided the group with an assistance amounting to P300,000 for the purchase of tools, equipment and raw materials. Due to the high demand for school chairs by its major buyer, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, the net income of the cooperative increased from P55,426 in 2015 to P756,931 in 2016. On that same year, the cooperative also won the DTI Regional winner for the Best Shared Service Facility. Aside from acquiring social protection package from SSS and PhilHealth, the cooperative was able to employ 47 PWDs with salaries ranging from P2,000 to P5,000 per week.

Mr. Simon Quitain (middle) from Lipa City, DOLE IV-A’s Regional winner for Best DOLE Assisted Livelihood Project for Individual category post with DOLE’s top officials during the awarding of DOLE’s Best Assisted projects.

On the other hand, Mr. Simon Quitain from Villa de Lipa Subdivision, Lipa City emerged as the regional winner for the individual category. A father of two and a probationer, Mr. Simon Quitain experienced difficulty in meeting his family’s needs. However, his life started to change when he was recommended by the Lipa City Parole and Probation Administration to avail of the DOLE’s livelihood assistance program. With the amount of P5,000 which he received from DOLE Batangas in 2013, he was able to acquire a sewing machine and other materials for the enhancement of his tailoring business. Mr. Quitain’s client includes the garment retailers from Taal and San Pascual, Batangas. He now earns an average of P10,000 to P11,000 per month and out of his earnings, Mr. Quitain was able to venture into water retailing business.

Surprisingly, DOLE IV-A was also recognized along with Region 3 and 5 for Best Video Documentation of Nominees for Best DOLE Assisted Livelihood projects under the group category. The team who developed the video presentation were Mr. Ohmar A. Lorena, Mr. Kim Daren Pabilonia and Mr. Norman Trapalgar from the Quezon Provincial Office.



Head, DOLE Quezon Provincial Office

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