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From displaced worker to entrepreneur

“Pag may tiyaga, may nilaga.” This could be the living mantra of Zambra Angcoy as she never lost hope when an untoward incidence happened in their company where she was working. Sometime in 2016, a flood affected the banana plantation area where she used to work in Mlang, North Cotabato that resulted to displacement of workers including Zambra.

 

Zambra was one of the beneficiaries of DOLE-North Cotabato, given with starter kits in January 2018 amounting to P16, 000.00 for her balut vending business. Although far from her former job in the banana plantation, she was persistent enough to become successful in her new venture as balut vendor.

 

“Prior to DOLE’s assistance, I really had no income after I lost my job, but today I earned more than the daily minimum wage because of my small business,” said Zambra. She earned around P700.00 a day which is higher than the minimum wage in region 12.

 

“Nagpapasalamat gid ako nga dako sa DOLE sa ginhatag nga kabuhayan sa akon. Tinguha-on ko gid nga mapalambo pa ini” (I am grateful to the DOLE for providing me with a livelihood and I will try my best to make this more successful), Zambra added.

 

Zambra is married with three children ages 12, 10 and 4 years old.

 

“This is what we wanted to see with our beneficiaries, apart from income augmentation, we want them to engage in business and to become entrepreneur through our DOLE livelihood program,” said Director Cano.

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2018-08-23
SISINIO B. CANO


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