CALAPAN CITY, ORIENTAL MINDORO – The Samahang Mandaragat ng Banilad (SAMBA) of Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro was awarded the Best Video Documentation and the 2nd best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Project for its Bakery Project during the 2021 National Kabuhayan Awards hosted by DOLE – Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) simultaneously held via Zoom Videoconferencing and limited face-to-face at Filipiniana Hotel, Calapan City.

SAMBA’s Bakery Project has been providing additional source of income for its members who rely on fishing especially during stormy weather conditions when hauls are scarce. With the dedication and perseverance of its members despite facing various challenges, the group was able to sustain and improved its livelihood project and also received additional assistance and trainings from DOST and Local Government Units for its outstanding performance.

Aside from the 2nd Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Project Award, SAMBA was also the winner in Best Video Documentation (Group Category) and Regional Winner for Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Project wherein it will receive a total of Php 130,000.00 cash prize.

SAMBA President Bernie P. Señorin was very thankful for the awards and recognition it received from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DOLE sa natanggap na parangal ng aming asosasyon,umasa po kayo na ang proyektong ipinagkaloob ninyo sa SAMBA ay aming patuloy na ingatan at pagyamanin para sa kapakanan na aming grupo at kapakanan ng aming pamayanan,” Señorin said. (I would like to express my gratitude to DOLE for this award, rest assured that we will continue to nurture this livelihood project for the benefit of our association and community as well.)

Also receiving awards are the Local Government of Bansud and DOLE OrMin Senior LEO Ramezes R. Torres who have been awarded as Best LGU in DILP Implementation (Regional Level) and Best Performing Provincial/Field Office Livelihood Focal Person, respectively.

During her message, DOLE MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director Naomi Lyn C. Abellana congratulated SAMBA for the collaborative effort of its leaders and members. She mentioned that “This group [SAMBA] deserves this award. It is rare to find a group or even an individual that is grounded to its community despite having huge success. I admire how the group gives back to its community for them to improve the quality of living in their area. They have raised the bar of standards on how you help others and how you can truly make an impact in your community.”

DOLE Kabuyahan Awards of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns is an annual activity recognizing the best livelihood projects of DOLE-Assisted organizations throughout the country that demonstrate not only sustainable economic growth and success but also provide significant impact to the development and progress of the community.

End/Edralin B. Magcalayo