Four housewives enjoying better lives through DSWD help

El Salvador City – Five years ago, Girlie Claudel, Medalla Ladoroz, Catche Quilab, and Devina Gruta of this city shared the same difficulty in life: providing food on their family tables, sending their children to school, and maintaining a good home for their families.

But today, these five housewives can now say that their lives have become better – thanks to Listahanan, the household targeting system run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Continue reading

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68 new livelihood associations organized

For the 3rd Quarter of 2014 alone, the Department of Social Welfare and Development had organized a total of 68 livelihood groups, known as Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran Associations (SKAs), in the CALABARZON Region.

The said associations were organized under the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department. The program aims to build the capacity of identified beneficiaries to engage in micro-enterprise activities or to benefit to employment facilitation and enable them to earn additional income for their families.

Based on the report of DSWD Field Office IV-A, the 36 of the associations organized are from Quezon Province, 24 from Cavite and 8 from Laguna. Of the 68 SKAs organized, 34 were already provided capital assistance which enables them to begin their respective micro-enterprise activities (34 from Quezon, 6 from Cavite and 6 from Laguna).

Quezon Province, which is considered as the poorest province in the region, has the most number of organized SKAs as it is given priority for the implementation of all poverty alleviation programs of the Department.

A total of Php6,487,000.00 had been utilized for the organizing, capability building and provision of capital assistance to the said groups for the period. Among the micro-enterprise activities that the associations engage into are food processing, trade and commerce (buy and sell of goods), manufacturing, crops, and livestock.

For the provinces of Rizal and Batangas, the organization of new SKAs is still on-going as of reporting time.with reports from DKTañedo

The Sibagat SKA Federation General Merchandise Project

MARKETING CENTER

Sibagat, Agusan del Sur – The first marketing center building in the province was formally opened and inaugurated at Barangay Poblacion, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, yesterday. The Sibagat SKA Federation General Merchandise group and big number of farmers will benefit from the marketing center, which is under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Caraga. “The Sibagat SKA Federation General Merchandise Project serves as a paradigm of a collaborative effort of converging both government and program participants’ resources for viable projects,” stressed DSWD-13 Director Minda B. Brigoli. Majority of the construction materials, labor and the goods to be sold in the merchandise were sourced out from the capital seed fund received from the Self- Employment Assistance sa Kaunlaran (SEA -K), Brigoli disclosed. (Mike U. Crismundo)

See full link here: http://www.mb.com.ph/mindanao-newsbits-for-december-21-2014/

Sustainable gifts from the countryside

Products of Sustainable Livelihood Program participants were featured as possible holiday and all-year-round gifts!

Manila Bulletin writer Sol Vanzi shares, “A vocal critic of the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, I attended the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Bangon Kabuhayan conference with cynicism. Not even the title of the meet, “Philippine Business for Inclusive Growth through Harnessing Sustainable Livelihoods,” placated my doubtful mind. My outlook changed after that afternoon’s close encounter with Filipinos from the countryside who are using the CCT allotments to slowly, but steadily remove the veil of poverty from their homes and towns.”

Read more here: http://www.mb.com.ph/sustainable-gifts-from-the-countryside/

The road towards mutually inclusive growth: DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program

The rally to work towards mutually inclusive sustainable growth continues as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) underscores how strategic partnerships between businesses and underprivileged communities promote mutually inclusive growth through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).Today, November 28, through a national public forum  entitled “Bangon Kabuhayan: Philippine Businesses for Inclusive Growth through Harnessing Sustainable Livelihoods”, DSWD will seek to put the spotlight on the goals, opportunities, and practices between SLP and its partners.

SLP began in 2011 and it designs its projects to mainly increase the communities’ sense of dignity, yield long-term results for all actively participating stakeholders, and maintain consistence with both communities and partner establishments. SLP, however, prioritizes participants who are underprivileged, which are legitimately identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the main objectives of SLP are providing sufficient and sustainable source of income, giving equal opportunity to gain resources for their needs and skills, and to help people recognize and understand the “new normal”.

“Given that DSWD’s pledge at large is geared towards providing capabilities-building and developing strategic and sustainable partnerships, we recognized that there is a need to educate people how times have changed nowadays,” says Secretary Soliman.

“Natural disasters come and go—that’s the new normal. Therefore, we need to be resilient, pro-active, and of course, resourceful to gain back our footing,” she adds.

SLP Director Georgina Ann Hernandez likewise shares that cash assistance, cash grant, and rehabilitation assistance are given to those who will be affected by disasters.

Just last year, when Typhoon Yolanda struck, SLP and its partners worked on assisting the families who were affected by the disaster.

 Because of its commitment to seeding sustainable prosperity, SLP trains the communities to contribute to production and labor markets by utilizing available resources and accessible market. Through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, they are given the option to take either a Micro-Enterprise Development Track or an Employment Facilitation Track. Both programs also provide social preparedness, furthered skills training, and ultimately, sustainable sources of income.

“The income-generating programs inside SLP are designed to create products that consumers have a natural or constant demand for. We also make sure that the communities are independent enough and the corporate social integration programs are holistic and impactful,” Dir. Hernandez explains.

She adds that these programs wouldn’t be holistic without partnering with different institutions.

“That’s why we tap other institutions to help us make integrated training programs from a different point of view. This can help enhance the skills of the communities, to expand their opportunities, and to teach them trust their own capabilities,” she says.

 Seeding economic prosperity is a major facet in all these efforts. But given a closer look, what SLP really does is it hones individuals to be independent, proud of what they do, and it believes their actions benefit the community at large. This applies not only to the adopted communities, but also to the different internal and external stakeholders that took part in the program and know they have made a sustainable contribution to the society.

Businesses pledge support for gov’t livelihood program

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) said the business sector has pledged to provide employment for beneficiaries of its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano Soliman said the successful coordination of the DSWD along with other government agencies, and with the private sector, is enabling the department – through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) to generate more employment opportunities for beneficiaries of its conditional cash transfer program.

“We have successfully instituted a convergence within the DSWD of the Pantawid Pamilya, our SLP and community driven development (program),” Soliman said.

Read more at: http://www.philstar.com/business/2014/11/23/1394817/businesses-pledge-support-govt-livelihood-program

PaskuJuan: Salu- salo sa Pagbabago!

Butuan City - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga will join the nationwide holiday festival and bazaar celebration dubbed as  “PaskuJuan”  to herald the successes of the Department’s partner–beneficiaries.

The festival will be conducted simultaneously in all regions of the country on November 30, 2014 (Sunday). In Caraga, it will be held at the Guingona Park, Butuan City. It will commence at 7:45 a.m. with a mass at Saint Joseph Cathedral.

To highlight the festivity, the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants will showcase their products as bazaar concessionaires.

Ito na ang PINAKA MALAKI, MAKULAY, at MASAYA na pagsalubong sa kapaskuhan. Magsalu – salo po tayo sa pagbabago.” Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli exclaimed.

Brigoli encouraged all Caraganons to support, and patronize the products of the beneficiaries.

” PaskuJuan is a venue for the different Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program beneficiaries in the region to sell their livelihood products, ” she concluded.

Along with the activity will be the launching of the “Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago” Social Media Sites; Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under Voluntary Service; Oath Taking of the Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare Committee (RJJWC).

To intensify the celebration, the major stakeholders namely the National Government Agencies (NGAs), the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Union of Local Authority of the Philippines (ULAP), the Association of the Career Executives (ACEs), Local Government Units (LGUs,) and the media are also invited. The affair is open to the general public.

BanKO wins Social Impact of the Year Award

DSWD partner BPI Globe BanKO receives award for BanKO3

BPI Globe BanKO, the country’s first mobile-based savings bank, clinched the Social Impact of the Year Award for Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Asia in the recently concluded Mondato Summit. Presented by international aid organizations FHI 360 and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the award was given to the mobile financial services (MFS) provider whose product or service delivered measurable social value in South or Southeast Asia during 2013 – 2014. BanKO claimed the top honors over insurance provider Microensure Bangladesh and Indonesian electronic money service provider Dompetku.

BanKO was recognized for providing innovative solutions in its joint financial education program with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program. With the common goal of improving the lives of nearly 80 million Filipinos at the “base of the pyramid”, BanKO and DSWD have been conducting a series of free financial literacy seminars and have been opening bank accounts for the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries which started earlier this year. This consists of around 1,000 sessions conducted every month since April 2014, reaching 13 regions across the country – from urban areas such as Payatas in Quezon City to remote locations like mountain barangays in Tuburan, Cebu, and the island of Culion in Palawan.

Ranging from the basics of saving to detailed walkthroughs on how to supplement their income using BanKO’s mobile banking services such as BuyLoad and business loans, the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries gained much-needed support and information to help improve their living conditions and achieve financial security. To date, there are over 145,000 beneficiaries who have active BanKO accounts that have now reached P14.5 million in total deposits. The program aims to bank at least 200,000 beneficiaries by end of the year and is expected to continue on in 2015.

Over 100 delegates from the technology and MFS industry across Asia attended the 2-day summit held in Singapore last Nov. 11 and 12. The awards were handed out on the last day of the summit, given to the most innovative solutions from emerging start-ups and established companies that continuously break new ground in the field of MFS.

BanKO’s Chief of Development Officer Rob Nazal presented the said project during the viewing of finalists for the Mondato Awards and received the award for BanKO. “It’s an honor to be recognized for this significant win, not only for BanKO but for the Philippines as well. This award reflects our commitment and dedication to changing our society and improving the lives of the underserved Filipinos. We hope to continue serving our country through BanKO’s accessible mobile banking services and even stronger partnerships with organizations who share our vision of financial inclusion for all Filipinos,” he said.

Article from: BPI Globe BanKO

DSWD-7 Pours More than 3M Aid to Fisher folks in Northern Cebu

BFAR-7 Regional Director Andres M. Bojos (second from left) accept the check from DSWD-7 Sustainable Livelihood Program Focal Head Jennifer Quimno (third from left). Also present during the Ceremonial Turn-Over of Check are Department of Agriculture-7 Regional Director Angel Enriquez (second from right), Cebu Provincial Fisher folk Director Gil Entoma (rightmost), Regional Fisher folk Director Expedita Acibo (leftmost), DSWD-SLP Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Gilbert Carredo (Center) and DSWD-SLP External Relations Officer Lovelyn Garcia (third from right).

BFAR-7 Regional Director Andres M. Bojos (second from left) accept the check from DSWD-7 Sustainable Livelihood Program Focal Head Jennifer Quimno (third from left). Also present during the Ceremonial Turn-Over of Check are Department of Agriculture-7 Regional Director Angel Enriquez (second from right), Cebu Provincial Fisher folk Director Gil Entoma (rightmost), Regional Fisher folk Director Expedita Acibo (leftmost), DSWD-SLP Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Gilbert Carredo (Center) and DSWD-SLP External Relations Officer Lovelyn Garcia (third from right).

As the fisher folks in Northern Cebu are trying to get their life back after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the area, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Visayas help fisher folks regain their self-worth and dignity to live a normal life after the devastation.

Recently, BFAR launched a project called “AHON” that aims to carry out the rehabilitation and reconstruction of boats destroyed by Yolanda and provision of fishing gears to fisher folks.

BFAR-7 Regional Director Andres Bojos commended the project’s initiatives in enhancing the synergy and collaboration of different national government agencies and other stakeholders in helping people uplift from poverty.

“Most of the affected families are into fishing and we need to help them rebuild their means of livelihood,” DSWD-7 Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat said.

“Through our Sustainable Livelihood Program or SLP and in partnership with BFAR, we will help them in the repair of their bancas or boats,” Jabagat added.

In this partnership, BFAR will construct 2,000 units of boats which will replace the totally damaged or beyond repair boats. The total cost for these units is Php 6,440,000.00.

DSWD for its part will give Php 3,220,000.00 as counterpart to the project. The repair works shall be done by the owners and they will be paid through the Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) of DSWD at a cost of Php 322.00 per day for 5 days.