With the vision of ensuring every Filipino worker to attain full, decent and productive employment, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is committed to bring hope to all workers, including persons with disability (PWD) by providing them employment and livelihood opportunities.

Cheryl “Che” Y. Formilleza of Odiongan, Romblon has been partially paralytic for almost 10 years and lives with her 10 year old daughter in a tiny nipa house. A positive person, Che finds her condition not a hindrance to provide their daily needs.

By faith and determination, she started her handmade crochet crafts such as coin purse, bonnet hats and baby headbands in 2017 being promoted through social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

“Under my condition, without God’s providence and grace I will not be able to endure each day. Crocheting at first is my therapy and stress reliever. Until some people noticed through my crafts that I can generate income from it. I used my Facebook and Instagram account @k.n.i.t.of.faith to promote my designs and it did help me a lot. I was able to provide for our daily needs and support my kid’s education,” she said.

With her creativity, many took interest in ordering handmade crafts. However, due to limited funds to buy raw materials, she was not able to meet the demands from her customers.

Having noticed her effort and passion, DOLE Romblon wanted to keep her business active and finds her very much worthy for a livelihood grant. Hence, on 18 December 2020, under DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), she received a P20,000.00 worth of crochet materials.

Being grateful and cannot contain her happiness, Che expressed her gratitude to DOLE as she said, “I am very grateful that I was able to avail of this livelihood grant from the DOLE. May God bless all the people of DOLE. You had been a blessing to me and my daughter. With the materials you have given me, I can make different products and I don’t have to buy expensive yarns from online stores because you provided it for me. I promise that I will do my best to use what you have given me to support my maintenance and my daughter’s needs. I will also help others who are like me that has interest in crochet. Thank you very much, DOLE.”

Provincial Director Carlo B. Villaflores, representing DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao, personally awarded the livelihood assistance and said, “Providing equal opportunity to differently abled person means giving them hope and sense of belonginess in the society. DOLE remains committed to help improve employment opportunities for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized; and create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship through provision of working capital.”

DILP of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers through promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.

End/Sarah Jane B. Ferranco