A dressmaker from Brgy. Cuarenta, San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) received a livelihood grant through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) Individual Project.

A 57-year-old Ms. Lolita Enovero chose Garments and Curtain Making for her individual livelihood project. She has been a dressmaker for more than four years and recently completed her training in Dressmaking NC II with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

On January 12, 2021, DOLE-Province of Dinagat Island Satellite Office facilitated the release of a new high-speed electric sewing machine worth Twenty Thousand (Php 20,000.00) to Lolita.

Lolita was filled with gratitude and expressed her enthusiasm that she will now be able to expand her dressmaking business because of the new sewing machine. She was using an old and worn-out sewing machine prior to the release of the livelihood grant.

“Ako nagapasalamat sa DOLE, sa Regional Director, Ms. Chona M. Mantilla, Assistant Regional Director, Ms. Naomi Lyn Abellana, ug sa DOLE PDI Provincial Head, Mr. Verlan Diaz, tungod kay niabot na ang akong gipangandoy nga makina kay aron ug nay magpatahi di na nako mabalibaran kay maayo na akong makina. Daghang salamat kaninyong tanan.” (I am thankful to DOLE, to the Regional Director Ms. Chona M. Mantilla, Assistant Regional Director Ms. Naomi Lyn Abellana, and to DOLE PDI Provincial Head Mr. Verlan Diaz, for the sewing machine granted to me. This will allow me to accommodate more customers because I now have a new sewing machine. Again, thank you to everyone.)

DILP is program facilitated by DOLE that aims to provide individuals, particularly vulnerable and marginalized workers, with alternative source of income through a sustainable livelihood.