Written by Ardel C. Laroya, DSWD Field Office I SLP
National Certificate II on Hilot (Wellness Massage) were granted upon five Pantawid Pamilya members from Asingan, Pangasinan through the Sustainable Livelihood Program and TESDA last December 2014. Now as an organized SLP Association, they have successfully requested for their own space last January 2015. A room with four beds at the town proper were provided by the Local Government of Asingan. On top of this, processing of permits were free and technical assistance continuos, according to MSWDO Terasa O. Mamalio.
As per Carlo Gaco, president of the SLPA, they adopted the 75-25% sharing of income; 75% for the service provider (masseur) and 25% for the Association. Thus with a rate of Php 300 for whole body massage, members take home Php 225 while Php 75 goes to the Association. Members earn an average gross income of Php 3,000 weekly. They have an accumulated savings of Php 13,500 as of July 28, 2015, exclusive of their petty cash fund amounting to Php 2,000.
Text written by Mary Carmelle C. Jumawan (DSWD Caraga SLP Information Officer)
Photos taken by Simel Adam Amplayo (DSWD Caraga SLP M&E Officer)
Who would expect to see a trace of technological innovation in a very isolated place?
A group of Manobos in an isolated place called Sitio Bantolinao in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur claims that positive change can happen.
In January 2012, 25 partner-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Bantolinao received Php10,000 each through the Sustainable Livelihood Program’s (SLP’s) Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K). Eager to gain a stable income, the group agreed to fuse their grants and ventured into General Merchandise.
Evelyn “Inday” Inocente, SKA chairman and a Pantawid Pamilya parent leader, shares her extreme happiness after receiving the grants. “Dako kaayo among pasalamat sa tabang gikan sa SLP tungod niini naay maayong kabag-ohan sa among kinabuhi (We are very grateful for SLP’s grant. It brought change to our lives),” says Inday.
“Agig pagbalik sa tabang sa gobyerno, naningkamot kami na naay panginabuhi na matukod alang sa kaayuhan sa tanan (In return to the government’s help, we did our best to create a livelihood for the welfare of everyone),” she adds.
Situated in a far-flung area, access to basic commodities and other supplies has never been easy in Sitio Bantolinao. Thus, putting up a general merchandise is seen practical and feasible. Through the SEA-K fund, financial assistance and logistic support from the municipal local government unit (MLGU), and the initiatives of the members, the efficient implementation of the project has been carried out. Because of the project, the community members no longer have to pass a 15-km treacherous route and spend over a thousand pesos for transportation just to purchase goods in the municipality proper.
With a positive profit and a vision to bring more change, the association has expanded its operations by entering into a joint project with the Sibagat SEA-K Federation on Abaca Production and establishing a very remarkable project called Bantolinao SEA-K Electric Power project.