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DOLE-X lauds tempura vendor


Mambajao, Camiguin --- “Pag may tyaga, may nilaga,” a famous line which inspired Jason O. Gulfan, an individual DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) beneficiary from Barangay Balbagon, this municipality.


Gulfan, 29 years old and married to Rona Yamson with one child, started selling tempura in 2010 under a consignment agreement with the supplier of raw materials. He had generated an average income of PhP 400.00 to PhP 500.00 per day by just using his bicyle-led cart in selling tempura outside the school and public market premises in the municipality. On July 2018, Gulfan applied for livelihood enhancement fund assistance to support his tempura vending project under DILEEP and was granted a financial assistance of PhP 20,000.00 under KASAMMA (Kahugpungan sa mga Masilakong Mananagat) organization as the Accredited Co-Partner. It is recalled that KASAMMA won the 2018 Best DOLE-assisted Livelihood Projects in the entire country under the group category, specifically their administered and co-managed Tingco-Tingco Boat and Net Fishing Projects.


In partnership with the ACPs, the DOLE ensures the implementation of approved livelihood projects particularly the procurement of raw materials, equipment, and tools; provision of equity or counterpart equivalent to at least 20% of the total project cost; and to make available all project records and facilities during audits and by DOLE and/or COA authorized representative/s,


Thus, per approved proposal, the financial assistance was used to purchase freezer, 50 kilograms of tempura as additional working capital, capacitating Gulfan to stock bulk purchases of raw tempura from direct suppliers in Cagayan de Oro City.  The enhancement project continued to increase his daily income, ranging from PhP 600.00 to PhP 700.00 per day. During lean and rainy seasons, Gulfan generated a net income of PhP 400.00/day. The income generated from the livelihood assistance helped Gulfan in addressing the family’s daily needs including rental expenditures of his abode.  His income further allowed him to acquire a transistor radio. He also intends to acquire a motorcycle for easier mobility and wider client reach particularly to nearby barangays and municipalities during fiestas and other special occasions.


“Dako akong pasalamat sa DOLE kay dako ug natabang ang gihatag nila nga assistance. Tungod niini, wala nako nag-angkat ug ako na mismo ang tag-iya sa equipment/gamit sa pagbaligya ug tempura, (My utmost gratitude to DOLE for the financial assistance. Because of this, I can now sell my tempura with me as the owner)” Gulfan shared.


Under the Livelihood Program of the DOLE, the Individual Kabuhayan Project provides a window of opportunity to aspiring individual entrepreneurs to start their businesses. It can also be an opportunity to enhance existing businesses through the availment of the maximum amount of PhP 20,000.00 worth of working capital.


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


DILEEP beneficiary Jason Gulfan with his tempura cart business in Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin. (Photo Source: PFO Camiguin/DOLE X)




DILEEP beneficiary Jason Gulfan sells tempura through his cart business to students outside their school in Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin. (Photo Source: PFO Camiguin/DOLE X)




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