Young entrepreneurs' livelihood cum civic project gets national award
by Thelma C. Bicarme
Cabarroguis, Quirino (4 May) -- The Aksyon ng Kabataan para Aasenso at Yayaman (AKAY) project of San Marcos Young Entrepreneurs Association (SMYEA) has emerged runner-up in the recently concluded national level search of the Kabuhayan Awards of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
AKAY is a livelihood cum civic programs and services towards the development of the youth in Barangay San Marcos, Cabarroguis which contributes to the economic development of the province and the country.
SMYEA, one of the most popular and active youth organization in the province represented Region 2 in the national search being the champion in the regional level search conducted by DOLE 2
Jovaline Orpia, chairman of the youth organization said President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo personally attended the awarding ceremonies held at SMX Mall of Asia as part of the May 1 Labor Day celebration in the country.
Orpia said their organization received a cash prize of P50,000 from the national level, P20,000 from DOLE 2 and plaques of recognition.
When asked what will they do with their prizes, Orpia said they will the twenty thousand pesos in improving the labels of their products and the fifty thousand as additional operational funds.
Kabuhayan Awards is a recognition given by DOLE to outstanding individuals and workers groups that implement DOLE-assisted livelihood projects. It has 6 categories namely Sikap Kabuhayan Award, Dagdag Kabuhayan Award, Kabalikat Kabuhayan Award, Kanayunang Kabuhayan Award, Isla Kabuhayan Award, and Kabataang Kabuhayan Award.
Criteria for the selection of the DOLE Kabuhayan Awardees include: socio-economic viability, 10%; sustainable market, 30%; financial viability, 30%; sustainable production/efficient use of resources, 15%, and effective organization and management, 15%.
Meanwhile, Annie Mauyao, the brain behind SMYEA, urged the out-of-school youth, under-employed as well as in-school-youth in their place to join their group saying they could gain entrepreneur skills that can prepare them in their future business ventures.
"The members of SMYEA are earning while learning and some have already established their own businesses such as candy making (pulboron, yema), veggie kropek, meat processing, and others.
Aside from the livelihood projects, SMYEA is also an active implementer of feeding programs for Day Care children, Solid Waste Management, Plant a Tree, Eco-Tourism and Cultural programs. (PIA 2) [top]