For the 35 members of the Josiah Youth Movement of Rosario, La Union, having a clear vision and a sense of mission is the key to a sustainable project and association.
Since 2008, the Josiah which is composed mainly of out-of-school youth, has been a beneficiary of the labor agency’s livelihood program. The association ventured into Silkscreen Printing project with a P15 thousand worth of livelihood assistance from the DOLE-Regional Office I. In 2009, it won the DOLE Kabuhayan Award at the regional level for successfully managing the project. It received P20 thousand cash prize which it used to purchase heat press machine, expanding the services it can offer to the market.
Recently, the DOLE-RO I granted the Josiah P355,963 worth of assistance to further enhance the association’s printing services and diversify into customized t-shirt production. The DOLE-La Union Field Office turned over the check in an awarding ceremony held at the project site in Poblacion West, Rosario, La Union on February 23. Thirteen members have undergone training on dress making and are now Dress Making NC II holders. Two will be involved in the printing.
Twenty-nine-year-old Ervi Petero, Josiah President, expressed her deep gratitude for the DOLE and the local government unit of Rosario for the latest round of assistance, saying: “Alam po namin na kailangang maipakita naming karapat-dapat kami sa ipinagkaloob na ayuda sa amin. Dahil dito, mas pag-iigihan pa po namin ang pangangalaga sa aming proyekto.”
She said the association members can derive income from the project and enhance their skills while searching for jobs.
The DOLE assistance is intended for the purchase of six t-shirt production machines, two cutting machines, one computer set, tools, furniture and raw materials. The LGU will shoulder the expenses for the trainings on business management and simplified bookkeeping and financial reports preparation. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez