The livelihood projects from Davao and Central Luzon regions were hailed as the National Winners for the group and individual projects in the 2020 Kabuhayan Awards held on 20 November 2020 via Cisco Webex, with simultaneous broadcast through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns’ facebook page.
The Uraya High Value Crops Farming Association (UHVCFA) from Region 11 was this year’s Kabuhayan National Winner for Group Category.
Composed of 33 indigenous Ata Manobo of Talaingod, Davao Del Norte, the UHVCFA started in 2015 as consolidator of crops like tomatoes, peppers, cabbages, broccoli, among others in their area.
In 2018, the association received from DOLE a livelihood assistance of ₱863,750.00 worth of materials for their water system, farming tools, and other raw materials like fertilizers and pesticides.
Now, the association delivers vegetables for Jollibee stores at Tagum City, Chowking, Leylam’s Shawarma, Big 8 Corporate Hotel, and Miko’s Brew.
“Sa totoo lang, hindi ako nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral. Hindi ako marunong magbasa at magsulat, pero dahil sa DOLE, napapag-aral namin ang aming mga anak, nabibigyan namin sila ng baon araw-araw,” said Rufino Andalay, Chairman of the UHVCFA.
On the other hand, Roxanne Cumatcat, an entrepreneur from Bulacan, started her printing services project in 2017, with a laminator and a printer provided by the DOLE.
After two years, the Charlee’s Printing Services was also able to print tarpaulins and other materials, which resulted to the expansion of her business.
Currently, the printing shop has four regular employees. “Sa mga gustong magkaroon ng kabuhayan, nandiyan ang DOLE para matulungan tayong mga pilipino,” she said during her acceptance speech.