The Department of Labor and Employment – Romblon field Office released Nine (9) Individual Livelihood worth One Hundred Eighty Thousand Pesos under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) last March 4, 2019. Each individual beneficiaries received raw materials, equipment, and tools for their proposed projects amounting to Twenty Thousand Pesos (Php20, 000.00) each.

Pinky Musca, a single mother and a breadwinner in the family. She does “home service beauty care” to support her family   needs and   maintenance   medicine   for   her   sickly   father. Through   the individual   livelihood   given   by   the department, put up a beauty parlor in their barangay and expects to earn more than what she earns before the grant.

Maricor Gado, a 40-year-old mother with Three (3) kids. She is a TESDA NC II holder for Bread and Pastry NC II. To be able to help her husband provide for the needs of their family, she makes home-made nutritious food such as puto, macaroons and etc. and sells her products in the school canteen, hospital and other establishment in the municipality of San Andres.

Florabel Gabo, a beautician who offers home service since 2009. She was trained on hair cutting, hair rebonding and hair perming under TESDA.

Jean Padua, a 47-year-old mother of Seven (7) skilled in “Bibingkang Kanin” making. She has been in the kakanin business for fifteen years. This small business helped them to send their kids in school and provide their family needs.

Agustina Dela Rama, a seamstress who specialized in curtain making. Due to a limited fund to purchase a sewing machine and cloth, she cannot accept bulk orders from the schools in their town.

Melanie Liwanag, a 55-year-old ambulant vendor for twenty years at the port of Batiano, Odiongan, Romblon. Selling fried chicken, bottled water, noodles, boiled egg and other ready to eat food for the passenger is her way of living.

Arnold Fallaria, a father of four (4) who supports his family by being an ice cream vendor for three years. His home-made ice cream was known in their barangay and in the municipality of Corcuera.

Jessica Fajilagot, a kakanin vendor from Corcuera, Romblon. She sells bibingka, Suman, Maja and puto to augment the needs of her family.

Babylon Ribot, a massage therapist from the island of Sibuyan. She is a single mother with three children and two grandchildren in her care. She supports her family by doing home service massage.

The beneficiaries expressed their inmost thanks to the department for the blessing they have received and assured to do their best to utilize the grant accordingly.

End/Glory Lee F. Foja