CSO’s DSWD 7 Strengthens Partnership

Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Cebu together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII recently conducted an event dubbed as “Voice of the People” to strengthen its partnership especially in implementing core poverty alleviation programs. The event took place at Emma Hall of Cebu Normal University where active CSOs like Primary structures Educational Foundation Inc., Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE), Paglaum Training International (PTI) and Lamac Multi-purpose Cooperative joined the activity.

“Dako kaayo ang involvement sa atong mga CSO partners on capability building sa mga partner beneficiaries. Ang DSWD giya lang. Usa kami sa mga National Agencies nga mohatag og programs and services apan dili namo mapalambo ang among mga programa kung wala kitang tanan, ga-convergence (Our CSO partners play a big role in capability building of partner beneficiaries. We, in DSWD serves as guide. We are one of the national agencies that provide programs and services and we need convergence to improve the delivery of these programs)” said DSWD-7 regional director Mercedita P. Jabagat in her opening message. Continue reading



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We have recently concluded how powerful and mighty the Project Development Officers are. You have unleashed all the potentials within you. As such we call it “metamorphoses”. Continue reading

Four housewives enjoying better lives through DSWD help

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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

Reports from DKTañedo

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). Continue reading

The Sibagat SKA Federation General Merchandise Project

Written by Mike U. Crismundo

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.

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.

See article here: http://www.mb.com.ph/sustainable-gifts-from-the-countryside/