Wellness for All

by C Pantoja on 24/09/2015, no comments

Written by Ardel C. Laroya, DSWD Field Office I SLP
Maginhawa.001National 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.
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Sustainable livelihood program brings hope, light to Manobos in AgSur town

by C Pantoja on 15/09/2015, no comments

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.

DSC_0009 (1)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.

DSC_0060 (2)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.

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Blessing para kay Ka Blessy

by C Pantoja on 11/09/2015, no comments

Sa panulat ni Eunice Ermino
Litrato kuha ni Owel Rubio

Si Ka Christine Abalos, mas kilala bilang Blessy sa kanilang pamayanan, ay ang kalihim ng Barangay Tabucan, Paranas. Si Ka Blessy ay kasapi rin ng Tabucan Association for Progress and Development, isa sa mga samahang kalahok sa Community-Managed Road Maintenance Project  (CMRMP) sa Paranas, Samar.

Pinakahihintay niya ang pagsasangkatuparan ng CMRMP, ayon kay Ka Blessy. “Hindi naman kalakihan ang suweldo bilang barangay secretary… ‘Yong asawa ko walang permanenteng trabaho. Ngayon mas magaan ang buhay dahil alam mong may ipapakain ka sa anak mo… alam mong may pampaaral ka… alam mong kinabukasan may madudukot ka para pamasahe nila, pambili ng gamit… kung anong kailangan nila sa eskuwela, maibibigay mo kasi may ekstra ka. Isa sa pinakamaganda sa trabahong ito yung hawak namin ang oras namin, may oras ka sa pamilya habang kumikita ka.”

Farming the Ocean

by C Pantoja on 14/08/2015, no comments

Written by Kate Coderes (SLP PDO)
Photo by Eunice Ermino (SLP PDO)

IMG_3077websiteTaytay, Palawan–Felma Aurello, a mother of eight from a small coastal village called Pamantolon, recalls how her husband conquered his fear of the waters when they were still starting out as seaweed farmers.  A couple of years ago, Felma and her husband Pedro farmed seaweed for additional income, but in a limited capacity.  Like the other families in the village, they harvested seaweeds individually, and sold them to local consolidators at a low price.

With the assistance of the Sustainable Livelihood Program, Coral Triangle Initiative and the Local Government of Taytay, Felma, together with 119 other program participants in Pamantolon, received training on seaweed culture system, seaweed drying, packing and marketing, and coastal resource management.  These initiatives allowed them to realize that they could achieve greater productivity and become consolidators themselves if they pooled their resources and worked together as a community. During their first harvest in 2013, the federated seaweed farmers of Pamantolon were able to sell 10,000 kg of dried seaweeds, earning at least Php 1,000.00 per household.  As of the first quarter of 2015, their membership grew to 737 farmers with a production rate of 53,575 kg of dried seaweeds and 10,650 kg of fresh seaweeds.

Given the promising demand for seaweeds in the municipality, Felma is now able to earn extra income to support the education and health of her eight children, bringing them a step closer towards securing a brighter future.