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Electrician from Quirino becomes DOLE Kabuhayan national awardee

Eduardo ‘Ondong’ S. Guzman Jr., an electrician from the Municipality of Maddela, Quirino, garnered 2nd place in the prestigious Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Kabuhayan Awards under the Individual Category on May 27, 2022 at New, Coast Hotel.Malate, Manila.

For his achievement, Mr. Guzman, Jr. was granted a plaque and a cash prize of P80,000.00. Mr. Guzman was earlier crowned the winner in the regional search in which he received P60,000.00 in cash prize and the right to be the DOLE-Regional Office No. 02’s official entry in the above-mentioned competition.

Mr. Guzman came from humble beginnings, serving as a driver for a government office in Maddela for a decade before getting sidetracked because of his use of prohibited substances.

Fortunately, he was able to turn things around when he enrolled in an electrical installation and maintenance course of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in 2017.

Two years later, he sought the assistance of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Maddela for a livelihood assistance. Through the partnership of PESO Maddela with DOLE-Quirino Field Office (DOLE-QFO), he was among the livelihood program beneficiaries who were granted with equipment and materials including rotary hammer drill, heat gun, electric drill, and other materials for Mr. Guzman, awarded through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) Starter Kits package in 2020.

Mr. Guzman used the starter kits as a building block to what would eventually become an electrical merchandise dubbed Ondong’s Electrical Products and Hardware Materials along with his wife, Jennifer Terilyn Guzman. Mrs. Guzman said that they were initially unsure of the outcome of their business given that they decided to put the business up in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic but were later on caught off guard by their success.

The business steadily grew as they began to attract more clients and the couple now earns not less than P20,000.00 a month while a commissioned work would net them figures in the neighborhood of P85,000.00.

Multiple projects from public and private clients have also been a trademark of their success as they are usually both the contractor and the laborer of the projects. He has also employed 14 electricians and laborers in their projects.

He has also become the president of a joint guild of electricians from the municipalities of Maddela and Nagtipunan, making him a respected electrician in the areas.

Maraming-maraming salamat po sa DOLE, dahil sa binigay ninyong [starter kits] ay mas napabilis ang trabaho. Malaking tulong po ito sa akin,” Mr. Eduardo said during a short interview. The PESO Manager of Maddela, Luz M. Sebastian was also given a plaque of recognition for helping link Mr. Eduardo to the labor department for livelihood assistance.

Ms. Liezel P. Magno, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of the DOLE-Cagayan Field Office (CFO), was acknowledged as best performing provincial/field local person in the Regional Level for livelihood and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program while Ms. Menzie M. Valite, Head of the DOLE-RO2’s Livelihood Unit, was also given recognition for her efforts and named 3rd Best Performing Regional TUPAD Focal Person.

DOLE-QFO Head Laura B. Diciano stated that Mr. Eduardo’s award embodies the Filipino’s culture of perseverance in the face of adversities, that, when partnered with government interventions, can lead to beneficiaries’ success. ###

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