ASCOT receives a ?1M DOLE livelihood fund,a major boost for its Trabaho at Negosyo advocacy. The fund will support the ASCOT Wash N’ Go and 3D printing services, aimed at empowering the students and cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit. The event gathered the ASCOT community, headed by President Eutiquio L. Rotaquio Jr., PhD, and DOLE chief for Aurora, Director Antonio M. Sicat Jr. This initiative demonstrates ASCOT’s unwavering dedication to both education and economic growth in the region. By offering practical services such as Wash N’ Go and 3D printing, ASCOT strives to impart essential skills to its students while contributing to the advancement of the local economy.

Alma S. Bayudan, ASCOT’s Guidance Counselor/JPO, extended a warm welcome to all attendees. She highlighted that every year, ASCOT is blessed with opportunities from the Department of Labor and Employment. DOLE not only provides livelihood but also services benefiting students. “Ngayong araw pong ito ang isa sa pinaka-malaking livelihood grant na naibigay sa atin ng DOLE, nagsimula po sa tayo sa halagang 150 thousand at ngayon po ay nasa worth one million po ang nahingi natin,” she added. She reminded students to maximize the benefits of these livelihood projects.

Dir. Antonio M. Sicat, Jr., DOLE Chief for Aurora, delved into the importance of such initiatives for the youth’s future. He reiterated that “Layunin talaga ng DOLE ay makapag bigay ng employment opportunities. Dahil dito sa atin sa lalawigan ng Aurora ay kakaunti ang employment opportunities, itong pagbibigay ng livelihood ay isa sa pamamaraan upang mabigyan ng trabaho ang ating mga mamayan.”

On the other hand, Dr. Eutiquio L. Rotaquio, ASCOT’s College President, graciously accepted the honor and emphasized the institution’s commitment to providing practical opportunities for skill development. He also expressed deep gratitude to DOLE. He emphasized that this grant would not be possible without the quality proposal made by our project proponents. “Lahat ng gagawin nyong output ay dapat competitive, huwag gagawa ng output na ‘di papansinin, always provide quality output. In everything you do, provide put quality and excellence. Doon makikita ang tatak ng ASCOT.” Pres. Rotaquio said.

With great enthusiasm, Dir. Jeffrey Susada, the Project Leader of the Wash and Go laundry shop, and Dr. Amarlo Banania, Project Leader for the Engineering Livelihood Project echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the significance of such projects in bridging the gap between academics and industry demands and thanking DOLE for this great opportunity.

President Rotaquio, along with proponents of this project warmly accepted the symbolic check amounting to 1M pesos.

The event concluded with closing remarks from Von Gerald Macose, ASCOT’s Director of Student Affairs. As a closing message, he left students with a message “There’s one thing you should do before you die, that is actually to make sales. Dapat maranasan ninyo ang entrepreneurship sa buhay ninyo at least once. The second one that actually teaches you a lesson is the heartbreak of being rejected when you make sales, it’s [gonna] teach you a lot.”

This DOLE-ASCOT livelihood program partnership exemplifies ASCOT’s commitment to holistic education and student empowerment, leaving a lasting impact on future professionals.