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DILEEP uplifts the lives of beneficiaries in Camiguin

Mambajao, Camiguin --- “You cannot be effective outside if you are not effective inside,” a famous line of Stephen Covey which inspired one of our DILEEP beneficiaries - Ms. Teresita Ocaba, 47 years old, married, a resident of Poblacion, Sagay of this Province, and the General Manager of the Projects of KASAMMA (Kahugpungan Sa Masilakong Mga Mananagat) People’s Organization.


Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE-X) – Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo informed that the said organization is enrolled in the Department’s Sustainable Livelihood Framework (SLF) for three years already. It is also a recipient of various Kabuhayan projects namely: (1) Tingco Tingco Boat and Net Fishing which was awarded in June 2010 (P400,000.00); (2) Rehabilitation of Boat Engine and Panamaw Fishing given last December 2016 (P300,000.00); and (3) Upgrading of Fish Drying Facility and Additional Capital last July 2017 (P425,000.00).


Toledo added that the projects are funded under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) which aims to provide income opportunities to the deserving beneficiaries that encourage self-employment.


The family of Ms. Ocaba has 7 members. The income that they received from the projects helped her and her spouse defray their expenses on food, electricity and water comsumption, education of her children, and their social benefits. According to her “Nagpasalamat mi ug dako sa DOLE kay tungod sa livelihood projects, nakapa-eskwela mi sa mga bata, naka palit ug appliances ug dili na kami mahadlok magkasakit kay naa nami SSS (Social Security System) ug Philhealth. (We are very thankful to DOLE on the livelihood financial assistance granted for we were able to afford our children to go to school, bought appliances, and we are not anymore afraid to get sick for we are already enrolled thru SSS and Philhealth).” Four of the Ocaba’s children finished college degrees and two are already working in Cagayan de Oro City, while the other two younger kids are still in-school.


Armed with determination and the will to succeed, Ms. Ocaba and the rest of the officers and staff of the organization were able to establish other livelihood projects out of the income of those projects funded by DOLE, namely: fish drying, salted fish, micro-finance, egg layer chickens and hog fattening. All of the members of the organization were enrolled with the SSS.  The group has also put up a medical assistance fund of Php 500.00 for the members.


Ms. Ocaba’s income before the assistance of DOLE was only Php 500.00 per month since she was only peddling fish (tinuhog), but currently her income increased to Php 4,000.00 a month through the livelihood grant of KASAMMA.


She concluded that the project will be sustained through lakas ng loob at tibay ng dibdib (determination and strength), and it should be combined with perseverance in order to survive.


End/Jovelyn V. Perez/DOLE-X Camiguin PFO




DOLE-X Cam PFO Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo (right) interviews KASAMMA General Manager Terisita Ocaba (left) on 11 January 2018 at Poblacion, Sagay, Camiguin. (Photo Source: PFO Camiguin/DOLE X)


One of the DOLE grants to KASAMMA Organization at Poblacion, Sagay, Camiguin (Photo Source: PFO Camiguin/DOLE X)


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