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The Success Story of Ms. Arcilla G. Subibi

posted Sep 11, 2017, 5:20 PM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 5:21 PM ]

Rearing a special child is a very challenging job for a mother like Ms. Arcilla G. Subibi. Though she is a Baccalaureate Degree holder, she still desires to learn a skill believing that it will help her earn more income. So when the training opportunity came via the Office of Congressman Florencio C. Garay of the 2nd District of Surigao del Sur announcing a training for Massage Therapy for free, she readily availed of the scholarship grant.

Taking the training seriously, Ms. Subibi successfully made it during the National Competency Assessment Level II. For two months she continued to enhance her skills in massage therapy and offered her services free of charge. Her intense desire to become one of the trainers of the same qualification made her decide to undergo the Trainer’s Methodology (TM1) and Assessment Methodology (AM1). She deservingly passed the requirements of the said training. It was a breakthrough for her, and more clients came.

She then decided to organize the Bislig Massage Therapists Association (BISMASTA) with its massage clinic now located at the heart of Bislig City.

At present, Ms. Subibi’s source of income is out of her earnings in the massage clinic that they put up, and from the her home services with a total minimum amount of one thousand pesos (P 1,000.00) per day . Aside from that, she is also earning a minimum of Five Thousand Pesos (P 5,000.00) honorarium as trainer per training conducted. Truly, it helped augment her family’s income. Ms. Subibi says “in whatever endeavor, do it with passion and dedication. Exercise professionalism and integrity. Always strive for quality and excellence, and success will surely follow”.

Seon Kris Food Products

posted Sep 6, 2017, 10:42 PM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 10:52 PM ]

“True entrepreneurs can always build a business around any idea that interests people in general. With that in mind, I went on to pursue what I love doing, and that is – cooking; and of course producing what people will always have money to spend for – and that is food,” says Bernadette Gomez Manuel.

Her passion in business started when she was in college with a start-up capital P300 making peanut rolls. Bernadette’s entrepreneurial skill was influenced by her parents who built a small sari-sari business at home. After gaining additional knowledge and skills in food processing, she then started to produce a diversified line of products consisting of fish polvoron, dried & salted squid or nokus bulingit, and later on added the dish washing liquid. These are the products she introduced in the market bearing the trade name Seon Kris Food Products.

Nadette as she is fondly called, hails from Malimono, Surigao del Norte and a college degree holder. However, circumstance met her way when she got pregnant before graduation. Thisdisappointed her parents thinking this will hinder her from getting a job.

But instead of getting discouraged, she anchored her belief on faith and hard work. She grabbed the opportunity of enrolling in a TESDA-TWSP training in her college hometown, the Surigao State College of Technology-Malimono campus in 2009. This led her into pursuing her passion in business after getting certified in the TESDA Food Processing NC II.

“What meager accomplishments in business I got back then, did not happen by accident. Business is in the blood. It takes a lot of commitment, hard work and dedication. My business ventures begin with a lot of passion and persistence,” Nadette shared.

Her love for peanut rolls started when she was still a student at St. Paul University Surigao. She met a very close friend whose parents were engaged on peanut roll production and she learned the processes and techniques on how to produce peanut rolls.

After getting trained in food processing she ventured on the production of Seon Kris polvoron giving employment to some friends and neighbors. Inspired by the abundant catch of squid “Nukos-bulingit” in the locality, she expanded her product line introducing Seon Kris dried squid and salted squid.

Her product lines were brought out from their own place to the bigger market.

“With the technology support acquired from the Department of Trade and Industry, the market for my products is not only confined here in Surigao City, but I was also able to penetrate the cities of Butuan and Cagayan de Oro”, she added.

From the P300 start-up capital, Nadette was able to grow her business to P144,860 in 2010. Likewise, the Seon Kris Peanut Rolls opened her to business trips abroad.

“The opportunity for travel also helped me gain critical learning experiences as my business also grew along with it. It developed me along the way in enhancing my products and my skills in management to ensure a successful flight for my budding business”. 

Along with her business were the many beautiful things that went through her way. She was invited on the following entrepreneurial gatherings to speak about and share her experiences in running the Seon Kris Food Products in the following events:



  1. Department of Labor and Employment during the 1st Provincial Livelihood and Employment Summit 2011. 

  2. DTI - Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Programme (RuMEPP) for a display of my products during the Caraga Festival, Mindanao Trade Expo and Oro Best. 

  3. DTI- RuMEPP International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2011 held in SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines last May 12-14, 2011 which expanded Seon Kris Food Products in the market from local distribution to the national arena. 

  4. 34th Session of the IFAD Governing Council last February 19-20, 2011 at IFAD Headquarters in Rome, Italy to talk and share the failures and successes in running a business at an early age together with other speakers from India, Sri Lanka, Kingdom of Tonga, and Vietnam. 

  5. Market encounter and launching of the DOLE Caraga Empowering the Small and Medium Enterprises on August 23-25, 2012 at Butuan City.

Nadette did not only look upon her own welfare as she also shared her experiences and knowledge to her community. With her initiative, DOLE recognized and registered the Malimono Processed Squid Producers Association (MaPSPA) composed of 40 mostly young people and unemployed adults in the community. MaPSPA hopes to give opportunity for the community to earn income through the squid products with a working capital of P190.513 including the fabrication of mechanical dryer and acquisition of digital weighing scale and production tools. 

“The success I have achieved this far has also made some transformation in me. A different Nadette is born, an impression I heard from one of the fellow teachers of my father. Yes, I feel the difference in me – from a very spoiled brat, irresponsible and very dependent child to a small entrepreneur, who can very well stand on her own”, Nadette expressed with honor. 

Nadette credited the success of her business to her parents, who exposed her to the world of entrepreneurship. Her parents were both engaged in small businesses. With their small earnings, they were able to venture into many small scale businesses, such as photo copying, soft binding and encoding and even piggery and poultry, and a sari-sari store. Prior to these the family was also into backyard gardening. 

Seon Kris Food Products is now in its fifth year of operation. 

“As a neophyte in this undertaking, there are difficulties and discouragements but I am secured in the thought that business activities will be sustained through hard work and dedication and with the continuous support of the various government agencies that have helped me grow along the way. Be a happy giver, for the amount you gave will be replicated more,” Nadette concluded.

Success Story of PFC Olin P. Caduyac

posted Sep 6, 2017, 9:52 PM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 10:00 PM ]

Mr. Olin P. Caduyac is a resident of Quezon, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, a high school graduate with post-secondary technical-vocational education in Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II and Driving NC II.

Availing a college education is impossible for him because his parents only have meager income enough to sustain their daily needs. So after graduating from high school, he made sure to help his parents in his own little way by accepting work as a construction helper. Truly, his earnings had contributed a lot to his family.

Olin did not stop working out his dream. He heard through the radio about the skills training supported by the Hon. Congressman Philip A. Pichay at the Access for Youth Training and Employment Center (AYEC). He opted to enroll in Consumer Electronics Servicing (CES) NC II which is in line with his interest. After completing the CES program, he again enrolled at the Jobs through Tech-Voc Provincial Skills Training Center (JTP-PSTC) for Driving NC II believing the importance of acquiring many skills for him to find a good and decent work.

Aiming for success in the National Assessment of these two qualifications, he showed his diligence and passion during the training and in his exposure to actual work situation that enabled him to pass the national assessment both in CES NC II and Driving NC II with flying colors. To obtain more experience in driving and in doing domestic appliance repair, Olin voluntarily offered his driving skills and electronics services to his relatives and friends.

Another opportunity came when the Philippine Army announced that they were hiring men with knowledge and skills in Driving. With God’s blessings, Olin with confidence applied for the position. His National Certificates in CES and Driving enabled him to be one of the priority applicants for the job needed. He was enlisted and now he is receiving a salary of not less than fifteen thousand (P 15,000.00) pesos a month. Aside from his fixed monthly income, he also has an extra income from his skills in home appliance repair. Olin says “My TESDA National Certificates II in Consumer Electronics Servicing and Driving made me a priority recruit in the Philippine Army."

Success Story of Marlon T. Ponlaon

posted Sep 6, 2017, 6:39 PM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 6:40 PM ]

A store owner at Madrid, Surigao del Sur, Mr. Marlon T. Ponlaon is a native of Burgos, Cortes, Surigao del Sur. Mr. Ponlaon had proven that poverty is not a hindrance in reaching his dream. With his positive attitude, he engaged in various self-help economic activities like vending pork barbecue for him to sustain his educational expenses. He finally settled as a house helper until the time he graduated with a course of Bachelor of Science in Finance Administration.

Then he received information over the radio about the Training for Work Scholarship Program - a free skills training supported by the Hon. Congressman Philip A. Pichay. Out of curiosity Marlon enrolled in Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II at Access for Youth Training and Employment Center (AYEC) Center. He just wanted to experience TVET education by that time.

After a couple of sessions in the electronics laboratory, he found it very interesting. He gave his best during the training and successfully performed the required competencies during the national assessment.

Then, Marlon tried his luck in Singapore after the painful tragedy that happened to his wife who died due to a severe illness. After a year, he decided to come home to open a business in Madrid.

The MJ Commercial and Cellphone repair shop was established. With his training in consumer electronics, he was able to run his business efficiently. His shop offers cellphone repair and other services related to electronics servicing. Now he has two employees (a sales boy and a sales lady). His average monthly income is not less than 20,000.00 pesos.

Success in his business went hand in hand with his success in love. He found a new love and they have already made wedding plans. He is also planning to expand and open a branch in other locations in the province. According to Marlon, “Poverty is not a hindrance to success. Knowledge and skills are partners. Work hard to be successful.”


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