ROMBLON PROVINCE – I CAN WALK BY FAITH; a livelihood project of Handmade by Che was awarded the Best DOLE assisted Individual Livelihood in the region of MIMAROPA during the 2021 Kabuhayan Awards.

Cheryl “Che” Formilleza, a differently abled single mother received a livelihood grant of crochet materials on 18 December 2020. Throughout the last year, she made her livelihood prosper gaining support and orders nationwide.

Aside from being the regional winner, the video documentation also won the 2nd Best Video Documentation – Individual Livelihood category during the 2021 Nationwide Kabuhayan Awards hosted by the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) last November which is a yearly event in recognition of the best DOLE assisted projects.

The plaque of recognition and the check amounting to Php30,000.00 from BWSC was handed over by Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores, Provincial Director of the DOLE Romblon Field Office to Ms. Formilleza.

“I am very blessed that I was chosen to represent Romblon and be able to win an award from DOLE. You did not only give me capital for my crochet business but an overwhelming joy and confidence that I can make it despite my disabilities. The prize I received will be added to my capital. I am very grateful to Sir Carl and the whole DOLE for giving me hope and strength to face the pandemic and continue my business by faith. I pray that DOLE will continue to help differently abled persons like me, I may not be able to walk literally but by faith my products will reach the world. God bless DOLE”, a message from Che Formilleza.

Providing equal opportunity to differently abled person means giving them hope and sense of belongingness 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.

End/Sarah Jane B. Ferranco