Category Archives: livelihood

Agri-dept releases P2.5M for livelihood projects in Guinsiliban town


GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, May 18 — To increase the income among farmers and rural women, the Department of Agriculture (DA)– Regional Field Office 10 through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) Program releases P2.5 million to implement livelihood projects such as native chicken production, duck raising and organic feed production in Guinsiliban, Camiguin.

DA-10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA recently turned over the check to Municipal Accountant Emmalinda G. Parian in behalf of the local government unit (LGU).

RTP20180521b.jpgThe total project cost is approximately P2.7  million, of which Php249,999 is the LGU’s counterpart.

Aside from providing assistance to the marginalized farmers, the LGU looks forward in helping increase the supply of poultry products in the municipality and even its adjacent towns.

The projects will be managed by different associations in Barangay Butay with the support of the municipal agriculture office include the native chicken production by the South Poblacion Rural Improvement Club Association, duck raising by Liong Rice Farmers Association and organic feed production by Butay Farmer’s Association.(DA10/RTP/PIA10)


Regional council for MSMEs widens biz horizons with exhibits, mentoring program


CAMIGUIN, April 20 (PIA) – To support and even encourage more entrepreneurs to take part in nation building, the Regional Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (RMSMEDC)-10 strengthens its core programs particularly on mentoring, holding exhibits and providing shared service facilities (SSF).

During the Talakayan sa PIA on April 17 at Mambajao Negosyo Center, here, Ruben Vegafria, RMSMEDC member from Misamis Oriental, said that various public-private partnerships are now aiding the business sector such as the provision of SSF which encourages involvement of people in the community through a certain livelihood suited in their area.

The Department of Trade and Industry also continuously conduct the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program that aims to help the country’s MSEs through coaching and mentoring, and linking MSMEs to large companies’ value chains.


Key MSME programs, events

In the recent KMME in the region, about 218 participants were coached on entrepreneurial mind setting and values formation, and marketing mindset. The participants came from Bukidnon (40), Camiguin (34), Lanao del Norte (39), Misamis Occidental (37), Misamis Oriental (49) and Regional Office (19).

As for the ProPak (Processing and Packaging) Asia, the biggest and most prestigious international food, drink, pharmaceutical processing and packaging event, a total of 146 delegates from the region are qualified to participate and witness how successful companies process their products on June 13-16 at Bangkok, Thailand.

The SSF implementation on the other hand, now has 92 percent or 146 out of 159 SSFs that are operational. From this number, Bukidnon has implemented 33 SSF, Camiguin with 17, Lanao del Norte with 36, Misamis Occidental with 29 and Misamis Oriental with 44.

Engaging the MSMEs to such events is important since “they are very significant in nation building that is why DTI today is focusing so much programs on MSMEs for their development because without the MSMEs the large businessmen or businesses will not be able to exist,” said Mike Amores, RMSMEDC member from Misamis Occidental.


Engaging NGAs

When it comes to other government agencies’ intervention, Miriam dela Plaza of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said that they are introducing the Small and Medium Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) that aims to help businesses particularly those engaged in manufacturing. It is where the department aids on upgrading the businesses’ technology to help in the productivity of MSMEs.

They also have the Grants-In-Aid (GIA) Program that aims to harness the country’s scientific and technological capabilities to spur and attain sustainable economic growth and development.

As for the manpower or skills training, Elwin Barquez of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)- Camiguin Provincial Office shared that TESDA introduced new services on what they are currently providing.

“So being the supplier of manpower, we also advocated through our curriculum on how our graduates, being world class, could contribute on how to preserve our world,” Barquez said.

The National Youth Comission (NYC) also provides opportunities to youth entrepreneurs by allowing youth organizations to register online and enjoy benefits and assistance from NYC. Once registered, the youth organization can request a training from NYC such as activities or programs that foster economic empowerment.

For food-related business, the Food Innovation Center now accommodates MSMEs and students who want to develop and promote their food technology or product. The center also assists those who want to pursue or boost their business from the technology they’ve innovated.

Training and introducing more business strategies to entrepreneurs is essential in today’s local and global market is no longer a difficult task since “most of the MSMEs are getting younger and they are more knowledgeable, aggressive and educated on business,” said Shirley Cutab, RMSMEDC member from Camiguin.

Thus, the RMSMEDC-10 now calls out to all MSMEs who haven’t considered any intervention outside their comfort zones to grab the opportunities provided by the government and even the private sector to enhance their business and further improve their standards or mind sets in doing their business.(Recthie T. Paculba/PIA10)

DOLE highlights successful livelihood stories in Camiguin


CAMIGUIN, April 11 (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment in Region 10 (DOLE-X) underscored the successful livelihood stories of the province in a recent meeting with Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo.

Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao of DOLE-X presented the video documents of successful stories of the livelihood projects from Camiguin as nominees of the 2018 DOLE Search for Best Livelihood-Assisted Projects for individual and group categories.

The eight and ten-minute video presentations encapsulated the humble beginnings of the beneficiaries and showcased how their businesses flourished and served as motivation to fellow aspirants especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers in the informal and formal economies to start individual or group livelihood undertakings, and enable existing livelihood undertakings to grow into viable and sustainable businesses that provide income at least at par with those of the minimum wage earners in the province.
For the individual category, Suyao shared the story of Axel M. Salise’s Piso Net Project with pocket WiFi package.

Salise, a person with disability (PWD) from Barangay Baylao, Mambajao, received P20,000 worth of financial assistance from DOLE in 2014 to fund his arcade-style computer used as internet or gaming vending machine.

From one good opportunity, greater things happened to Salise as he was elected in 2012 as the president of Persons with Exceptional Reserved Skills Association (PWERSA).

Leading the organization, Salise was able to help his fellow PWDs by employing them in his computer business.

Furthermore, Axel improved his business by incorporating various marketing strategies as well as offering proofreading or editing documents for a fee.

Such strategy gave him an edge over the other computer service providers nearby even if the latter have more units to offer.

To date, Axel intends to expand his business by selling customized T-shirts, event giveaways/tokens, and souvenir items.

He believes that his Piso-Net livelihood will be dispersed to other individual PWDs for them to be successful entrepreneurs like him.

For the group category, Suyao highlighted the Kahugpungan sa mga Masilakong Mananagat (KASAMMA) organization of Barangay Lagapak, Poblacion, Sagay with their Tingco Tingco Boat and Net Fishing Project which started in January 2000.

Association Chairman Fernando Ocaba received the initial DOLE-X financial assistance worth P400,000 which enabled them to employ 70 worker-beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries were then living below the poverty line with varying concerns on medical care, education, and food.

Suyao explained to Romualdo how the business diversified and flourished from merely catching/selling fish to acquiring the means in squid and fish drying, salted fish production, and production of bottled sardines.

The organization now employs 15 fishermen, 3 women brokers to market outlets to the other municipalities, 15 slicers, and 5 packers.

The group made use of mechanical drying for their produce in response to the unfavorable weather condition besetting the province being in a typhoon belt area.

This paved the way for another assistance in the amount of P300,000 in December 2016 as a reformation project on Rehabilitation of Boat Engine and Panamaw Fishing from DOLE.

The group has also obtained an additional livelihood income for their members through micro-financing, bigasan (rice selling), hog fattening, and egg laying.

Governor Romualdo expressed enthusiasm to advocate and support the entries of her constituents who proved that starting small in business has magnanimous impact in pursuing one’s dreams to be successful in life.

She assured that the documentation will be presented in every barangay or municipal events or meetings in the province to encourage the Camiguingnons to support the local livelihood projects in the area.(Mildred Dablio/RTP/PIA10)

Coco coir SSF augments family income in Catarman


CAMIGUIN, April 19 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 through its Camiguin Provincial Office empowers women in the province by providing various projects and programs that would enable the sector to earn on their own and among these is the Shared Service Facility (SSF) for Coco Coir Processing.

Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) President Lizcel Cutab shared during the Regional Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (RMSMEDC)-10 project visit on April 16 that the SSF for Coco Coir Processing helped not only the women in Barangay Mainit, Catarman, Camiguin as their husbands and children play a big role in keeping the business running.


“Sauna ang mga kababayenhan pa gyud ang galihok niini pero nakita sa ilang mga bana ang gikinahanglang kusog aron mapaspas ang pagtrabaho niini. Ni-apil na usab ang ilang mga anak pinaagi sa pagkolekta sa bunot ug pagtunol sa materyales ngadto sa tig-operate sa makina,” Cutab shared.

(Before, only the women are involved in the project but their husbands volunteered to help when they saw the need to augment the manpower to hasten up the workload. The children also took part in the project by collecting the coconut husks and placing the materials to the machine operator)


The facility is operated by the Agoho KALIPI in cooperation with Nagpakabana Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The DTI allocated around P1.9 million for the diesel-engine powered decorticating with winnowing/peat screening machine.

Now, women from the area earns P3 for every 11-meter-long coco coir twine which is usually used in making decorations for special occasions, rugs, doormats, bio rolls and more. The remaining materials are then use for fertilizers so nothing will really go into waste.

“Ang problema lang gyud namo karon kung unsaon pagpadaghan sa produksyon sa coco coir labina nga daghan ang demand niini. Dili man gud pirmi daghan ang makuhang bunot kay gadepende ra pud mi kung unsa’y makuha nga materyales sa nagkalain-laing gatanom ug lubi sa lugar,” Cutab said.


(The problem now is on how we can increase the coco coir production since there are a lot of demands of it. It is not all the time that we get a lot of coco husks and we only depend on the number of husks that we can get from various coco planters in the area)

DTI Camiguin Provincial Director Joselito Enot said that they are looking for ways to address such concern and are tapping coco planters in the area who can possibly aid in boosting the production of coco coir for the women’s group.

Coco coir is a durable fiber extracted from discarded coconut husks which is preferred over concrete bricks and peat moss because it is cheaper, renewable, and completely organic. (RTP/PIA10)

DOLE-X grants P1M for livelihood projects in Camiguin


GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, December 1 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) – Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) handed-in the Kabuhayan Program financial grants amounting to P1,102,755 to the six organization beneficiaries of Cantaan Centennial Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CCMPC).

DOLE-Cam PFO Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo reported that the financial assistance was intended for the projects on motor parts (P250,000), agricultural business (P200,000), backyard piggery livelihood (P130,000), deep sea fishing (P250,000), fish vending (P110,000), and amakan making and consumer store project (P162,755).

Lourdes D. Navida, one of the beneficiaries of the fish vending livelihood project said, “Salamat kaayo sa DOLE kay niabot na gyud and among hinabang sa gobyerno aron makatabang sa among panginabuhian (We are thankful for DOLE now that we have received the assistance from the government that could help us in our livelihood).”

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Relying solely on her retirement pension, Navida said that she needs to augment her income to help defray her family’s daily meals, basic expenses and food for their livestock.  

Though this is her first time to receive a livelihood financial assistance from DOLE, she is hopeful that their association can sustain the project so that it could also help the community in the future.

Toledo explained that the project is funded under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) that encourages self-employment to provide income opportunities to deserving beneficiaries.

CCMPC is an active Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) of DOLE which has already implemented nine livelihood projects to various associations and was a regional winner for the Best DOLE Assisted Livelihood Group Project for CY 2016.(Jovelyn V. Perez/RTP/PIA10)

DOLE-X trains 40 Camiguin livelihood beneficiaries on project proposal writing


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, September 4 — The Department of Labor and Employment, (DOLE)-X Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) recently conducted a project proposal writeshop to 40 livelihood association representatives and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers and staff at Cabua-an Beach Resort, this municipality.


DOLE-X Cam PFO Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo informed that the two-day activity aimed to generate an increased submission of project proposals from aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as teaching the department’s beneficiaries and partners in formulating a group business plan for the sustenance and growth of their livelihood ventures.


“In this way also, we can help the budding entrepreneurs start their businesses right and help them alleviate out of poverty,” Toledo said.


The DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) Focal Person Charlton James R. Busa discussed the salient features of Department Order No. 173-17 and presented the format of the project proposal. He also conducted the writeshop and highlighted the different techniques and strategies in writing project proposals.


Meanwhile, DOLE-X Supply Officer Orlando N. Abrenica, Jr., explained the project financial plan where he expounded the importance of financial statements and its contents which are the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow.


To fully grasp the theories presented, the participants were grouped for a workshop in making the financial statements as well as their production cost, which is essential in the formulation of the total project cost.


Owakan Rural Improvement Club Auditor Feliciana T. Vicente said, “Dako akong pasalamat kay naa’y gipahigayon ang DOLE nga ingani na activity nga dako ug tabang kanamo. Nakadugang kini sa among kahibalo ug makatabang pod kami sa uban kay kabalo nami unsaon paghimo ug project proposal.”


(I am very grateful to DOLE for this opportunity which is a very big help to us. This will add to our knowledge in project proposal making, which we can also convey to others joining our same venture.)


Toledo said that the activity also aims to motivate the participants, especially in starting their businesses through feasible project proposals.(Jovelyn V. Perez/PIA10)

Camiguin dried squid project bags Best SSF Award


solardrying_driedsquidssf-1MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, August 31 (PIA) – The Kahugpungan sa Masilakong Mananagat (KASAMMA) received the Best Shared Service Facility (SSF) Award during the Negosyo, Konsyumer Atbp. (NKA) event held in Cagayan de Oro City on 17-19 August 2016.

The NKA is just one of the series of “One DTI Services” national caravan which aims to heighten the awareness of the public, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and consumers about the services offered by DTI.

DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya, DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno handed the award of recognition to the association’s manager Teresita Ocaba together with other awardees in Northern Mindanao.

KASAMMA is a recipient of DTI Camiguin’s SSF project in 2014. It was chosen as the Best SSF awardee besting other 20 SSF recipients in Camiguin on the basis of criteria set more particularly on the full utilization of the equipment provided to them leading to the outcomes like increase in production volume, market development, growth in sales, jobs generated and number of beneficiaries that has been benefitted of the SSF project.

It is an association located in Sagay town, Camiguin, registered in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on January 2000 with a total of 70 members, mostly composed of fisher folks and their wives. 

DTI noted on the success of their products, the sun dried fish and squid, to the local market, tourists and even to traders from outside the province like Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon.

Through the SSF project, KASAMMA was able to procure good manufacturing practices (GMP) compliant drying and vacuum packaging equipment to enhance the quality of their food products by eliminating the foul odour, increasing its shelf life, standardizing the weights/measures and mechanizing the drying process to be able to cope with market demand even during rainy season. 

Now these products are positioned as pasalubong items, to be able to capture institutional market outside Camiguin.  (Zita M. Abellare, DTI-Camiguin, PIA Cam iNet)


Aggie chief urges cacao farmers to produce fermented beans

Aggie chief urges cacao farmers to produce fermented beans

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, April 20 (PIA) – Camiguin Provincial Agriculture urged cacao growers to produce fine, high-grade chocolate by fermenting their beans before drying.

“Proper fermentation brings out the very best flavor of the beans, unfortunately, it is under-appreciated by both the public and farmers alike,” Camiguin Provincial Agriculturist Renero G. Torion said.

He pointed out that the high demand for cacao is only limited to fermented beans, even local processors, to date, still secure their supply from plantations in Davao, Butuan, and Agusan del Sur.

Torion drum up the call as cacao is among the indentified crops in the province under the community participatory action research (CPAR) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), which introduced multiple cropping systems and integrated farming to increase farmers’ income other than relying solely in coconut.

Mahinog and Sagay towns already received/planted cacao seedlings and fertilizers last year, covering 7.2 hectares and 6.4 hectares, respectively.

To date, there are about 35 adopters from barangays Hubangon, Catohugan, and Tupsan Pequeño in the municipality of Mahinog and barangays Bonbon, Cuña, Alangilan in the municipality of Sagay.

Torion encouraged the cooperators to maximize all available technology, even at the backyard level to be able to generate more income and augment the demand for   cocoa products both locally and around the globe giving rise to the Philippine Cacao Challenge 2020. (JCV, PIA 10)

DOLE 10 releases P1.9M livelihood assistance to Camiguin informal sector

DOLE 10 releases P1.9M livelihood assistance to Camiguin informal sector

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, April 20 — The Department of Labor and Employment – region 10 (DOLE-10), through its Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Camp PFO) recently turned-over livelihood financial assistance, under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) to barangay Poblacion in Mambajao, Camiguin.

Barangay Captain Rodin M. Romualdo of the Sangguniang Barangay of Poblacion, Mambajao, as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) received the assistance on 30 March 2016.

DOLE-10 Cam PFO Officer in Charge Arlyn Z. Bael said that six associations received PhP 1.9 million financial assistance and employing 112 workers in the informal sector from the Department.

These are: 1) Eco-Buddies (15 beneficiaries of Kwarta sa Basura Project, P300,000); 2) Paradise Island Pangkabuhayan Association (24 members, Soya Milk Project, P450,320); 3) Mananagat sa Tagdo Association (15 members, fishing gears worth P150,000); 4) Lagundi Samahang Pangkabuhayan Association (16 members, Consumer Store and Bigasan Projects, P200,000); 5) Lumad Farmers Association (27 farmers, Mobile Rice Miller, P500,000); and 6) Quiboro Women’s Association (15 women on Buko Pie Production, P300,000).

DOLE-10 Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante was optimistic the projects will move them out of poverty, and at the same time ensures social protection to the members.

Barangay Captain Romualdo expressed his gratitude to DOLE, “Kwarta kini sa gobyerno, manghinaot ko nga ampingan ninyo kini aron mo lambo ang inyong panginabuhian (I really hope you put into good use the money [you received] from the government for your respective livelihood projects to grow.)”

Meanwhile, Fernando M. Agbu, one of the beneficiaries of Lumad Farmers Association was also thankful to DOLE, “Dako among pasalamat sa DOLE kay niabot na gyud ang assistance nga among gipaabot. Makadugang gyud kini sa among panggastos sa among tagsa-tagsa ka pamilya, hilabina sa ako na usa ka mag-uuma. (It is our utmost gratitude to DOLE for our livelihood assistance has already arrived. This will help in our respective family expenses, most especially to me, as a farmer.)”

DOLE-10 will resume the release of its livelihood assistance once the election ban is lifted. (Jovelyn V. Perez/DOLE-X PFO-Camiguin)

DTI turns over shared service facility to Guinsiliban

DTI turns over shared service facility to Guinsiliban

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, January 27 (PIA) — The Municipal Government Unit (MLGU) of Guinsiliban, Camiguin received a Coco-sugar Processing Shared Service Facility (SSF) from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin Provincial Office.

The MLGU’s direct beneficiary is the Guinsiliban Coconut Sugar Producer Association, led by the incumbent chair Marcelito Navarro.

The turn over includes a double kettle/burner with rotating coconut sugar maker to increase production volume and improve productivity; digital and mechanical weighing scales to standardize weights of finished products; hand pressed sealers to increase shelf life; food grade stainless working table compliant to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and a moisture meter to standardize the its moisture content.

According to DTI, from farming and fishing, the coconut sugar processing will become a value adding activity to coconut farmers, assures brighter prospect of improving the local economy by increasing domestic sales, investments and job generation.

Coconut sugar is known to be highly nutritious and a high value organic product with increasing demand especially from health conscious consumers both in the local and international market, as such, the product is now positioned among the town’s pasalubong items in support to the development of the tourism industry of Guinsiliban and the whole province of Camiguin as well. (Zita M. Abellare, DTI-Camiguin/PIA)