Tacurong City indigents get livelihood package from DSWD-12

Tacurong City Mayor Lina Montilla speak during the launching of SLP-BUB in Tacurong gymnasium.

Tacurong City Mayor Lina Montilla speak during the launching of SLP-BUB in Tacurong gymnasium.

By Edwin Fernandez and Jezereel Louise C. Billano of LGU Tacurong

TACURONG CITY  – Some 615 individuals here stand to benefit from the Bottom-Up Budgeting – Sustainable Livelihood Program (BUB-SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-12).

During the launching, Ibrahim Sangcopan, SLP-Community Driven Enterprise Development Officer of DSWD-12, said the Sustainable Livelihood Program is implemented with the help of the local government unit of Tacurong City.

”This program aims to improve the livelihood of indigent residents…from merely surviving to being self-sufficient,” Sangcopan said. Continue reading

NHA, DSWD partner for sustainable livelihood communities

NHA

 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) strengthened their partnership and signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to support the implementation of the Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) Project.

The MOA for the CBLA Project, signed on April 7 by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and NHA General Manager Chito Cruz, aims to give opportunities for qualified housing beneficiaries in selected resettlement sites to avail of short-term employment to augment their daily income and to be able to update their housing amortization arrearages.

The MOA signing ceremony was witnessed by 3rd District of Negros Occidental Congressman Alfredo “Albee” B. Benitez, Chairman of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development, who pushed for the implementation of this pilot project. Continue reading

Together, we can achieve more

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Loida and her children smile as she tries to pull one of her daughters to pose with them in front of their sari-sari store.

Life always has its struggles. It always has its ups and downs. For Loida Hernandez, a native of Bulalacao, they may be having their place at the top.

A mother of four children, Loida, 32, lives in Brgy. Poblacion, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro and is married to Josue, 35, for 13 years. Among Loida’s siblings who also live close by, her family is considered to have nothing as attested by her neighbour. Because of the couple’s natural will to survive, they have tried every means possible to be able to provide for their family’s needs.

To be able to provide for their needs, Loida put up a small sari-sari store in front of their house but it is not enough. In 2008, it was a blessed year for their family when Loida became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Loida recalls that the program helped her children a lot especially Krista Jane, her eldest. She joins extracurricular activities but cxbecause they have nothing much, Loida often tells her that she cannot join because they cannot afford the fare. Kristine Jane will opt to walk instead. With the Pantawid Pamilya, Kristine Jane doesn’t have to worry anymore of the expenses in school. “Importante sa kanila ang makapasok. Umiiyak ang mga bata pag hindi pinapapasok kasi walang pambaon,” said Loida.

Being a part of Pantawid Pamilya, the Hernandez was able to provide the needs of their children in school and health. They were also able to provide electricity in their home and buy small appliances for their children’s convenience.

From the stories of Loida and as testified  by the municipal link, she exhibits a great deal in savings. “Yan si Ate Loida, marunong talaga sa pera. Marunong siya magpaikot ng pera. Pag may panggastos pa sila sa mga kailangan ng mga anak, ginagamit muna niya ang sa cash grant kung saan siya pwedeng kumita,” said Irene, municipal link of Bulalacao.

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With a hopeful start, Loida stands beside the kalakals of her buy and sell business.

The Hernandez has various means of income. However, those were only seasonal. Aside from their sari-sari store, they also plant bananas, corn, and camote in an unused and unclaimed land near their house. Since it takes time before they can harvest, her husband used their motorcycle as a mean to earn a living through what is known a pampasada. When someone needs a ride to far flung barangays or areas, Josue drives for them. They have paid partial payment for their motorcycle.

It seems that the family is doing and earning a lot but they believe it is not enough. They have to save since they are on their fifth and last year as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya. Loida thought that she can do more in order to secure her family’s future.

Loida became a beneficiary of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). SLP is a community-based program aimed at improving the socio-economic status of its participants wherein beneficiaries are thought to mobilize their savings, engage in microenterprise activities, access capital resources, or receive institutional development support. Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya are qualified to be part of the SLP as part of the convergence strategy (Pantawid Pamilya, Kalahi-CIDSS, SLP) to help the people uplift their lives. The beneficiaries made the proposals themselves as to what is the livelihood they think are best for them. In the case of Loida, she was granted a capital for her buy and sell business. She chose this kind of business because she already knows the ins and outs of it.

Loida received her grant of 10,000 pesos last March 2013 and it is payable within a year. She bought bananas and coconut with two-thirds of the money that she received and the remaining were allotted for their sari-sari store. Since there is someone who surely buys her kalakal (the products that she buys and sells at a higher price), Loida is not afraid to invest big in her business for this will surely give her big earnings as well. A good quality that Loida has is that she monitors their expenses and earnings. In this way, she can guarantee that they can pay back the money lent to them.

“Malaking bagay ang Pantawid at pati narin yung sa SLP, nakakapagnegosyo, tulong-tulong kaming mag-asawa para ma-maintain ang aming pinagkakakitaan,” told Loida. She and her husband work hard for their family. With love and will to survive, their dream of a better life is not impossible. And with programs and services intended for people like them who dreams to have more, together, they were able to do more. And surely, together, they can achieve more.

 

Source:

DSWD Field Office IV-B

From selling kakanins to running sari-sari store

SHE had to be both mother and father to her family. Selling kakanins and ready-to-wear items everyday in their barangay, she seemed to have memorized every alley and pathwalk in the area. Never bothered the sweat, the intense heat of the sun and the physical fatigue because of one reason.

What she had in mind were the faces of her children and her ailing husband who suffered from tuberculosis of the bones.

This was how Rosemarie Aro Demafiles, 30, of Purok Langis, Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City, pictured her year 2011. That time, she knew she had nobody to lean on to except herself.  “My husband Patricio used to work as a traffic enforcer. He has been responsible in providing for the family.  However, when he got sick, I was left at doing everything from putting food on the table to sending the children to school and paying for their education,” said Rosemarie.

Rosemarie said that their situation has pushed John Patrick to stop from his college schooling. He was taking up a Seafaring course back then. Jerome, on the other hand, has helped her through driving pedicabs.

Rosemarie’s fate, however, recently took an upside turn when she availed of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Through the SLP, the project development officer assigned to their area, Duriza Oropesa, referred her to undergo the Sari-sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR)  in partnership with Negros Economic Development Corporation, Coca-cola, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is DSWD’s way of sustaining gains already infused in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through Family Development Sessions, which they are required to attend. Primarily, Pantawid Pamilya wants to send children to school healthy by providing cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions. It has, however, a built-in mechanism to help parents develop as productive and empowered individuals. Both Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood are programs under the Convergence Strategy, a scheme to ensure maximum results more than what each program could separately achieve.  “Salamat dahil nalinang ang aking kaisipan at kung papaano matuto ng maayos na pagnenegosyo na hindi na po malulugi. Nagkaroon ako ng disiplina sa sarili kung paano mag-budget at magplano ng tama,” said Rosemarie.

After the STAR training, she shared that she only showed her certificate of attendance  to  Lopuez Mandalagan in Bacolod City and the management allowed her to open a credit line.  She was allowed to get items worth P3,000. With this, Rosemarie said that she stopped walking all the nooks of their area and focused on her sari-sari store business.

“I applied what I learned in the STAR training in my sari-sari store. The first mission was to fill it with goods. And with help of the TESDA-COKE certificate, Lopues gave me the chance to have a credit line in their store,” she said.

Rosemarie said that she has learned many things during the training. These include marketing,  keeping daily records,  income and expense, managing  credit, managing inventory, practicing good housekeeping and quality customer service,  the essentials of merchandising and access to resources.

She shared that her husband Patricio is well now and is helping augment the family income through pedicab driving.

John Patrick

While Rosemarie admits that it would be difficult for now to finance for the schooling of her son John Patrick to go back to his College studies, she is thankful to the government for pouring its resources to them to uplift their conditions.  John is due to start his short-term course on wielding with TESDA in partnership with DSWD.

Pantawid Pamilya

Prior availment of livelihood, Rosemarie’s children have been grantees of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the government’s conditional cash transfer to ensure that children are in school and are healthy. Before the five-year term for them to avail of the program, however, DSWD covers them with livelihood program to ensure that they can stand on their own when the five-year period of receiving cash grant is over. Aside from being a beneficiary, she said that she also volunteered as a Parent Leader in their community. The Parent Leader sees to it that the other beneficiaries are complying with the conditions.

Further, she said that the government has left her a legacy that she will never forget. “I can articulate my ideas now. I also learned how to discipline myself,” she said.

 

Sources:

DSWD Field Office VI

Panay News Philippines

The Daily Guardian

DSWD holds Social Innovation Forum

Sustainable Livelihood Program Director Georgina Ann Hernandez presents program accomplishments from January 2011-September 2013

SLP Director Georgina Ann Hernandez presents program accomplishments from January 2011-September 2013

In its efforts to strengthen partnerships in the implementation of its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently hosted the Social Innovation Forum: Inclusive Business for the Gainful Employment of SLP Beneficiaries at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.

The Social Innovation Forum was a venue to engage the existing and potential partners to improve and expand partnership projects on livelihood interventions for the Pantawid Pamilya or conditional cash transfer beneficiaries.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman exhorted the Department’s partners to take social innovation as a novel solution to the social problem of poverty. “I hope we can all agree that this endeavor will create a win-win situation for us and the families we are empowering,” she added.

She also stressed that the poor must also be given a fighting chance to improve their lives. “But we must take note that it is not simply about equality or redistribution of wealth or equalizing incomes. It is about equity and addressing the circumstances that hinder people to access opportunities to improve their lives.”

The forum was attended by representatives from the Ayala Foundation, SM Foundation, Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Ateneo de Manila University, and BPI-Globe BanKo, among others. These groups have been staunch supporters of the SLP, ensuring their commitment to poverty reduction.

Through partnerships with the DSWD’s SLP, institutions from various sectors contribute to improving the standard of living of poor families. Since it began in January 2011, SLP has served 293,794 poor households with the help of 259 projects implemented by partner entities.

 

Defeating the cycle of poverty

During the panel discussion on employment facilitation, Edgardo Veron Cruz, Executive Director of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. expressed, “lahat tayo may parehong layunin –makapagbigay ng matatag na hanapbuhay. (We have a common goal, which is to provide sustainable livelihoods for the beneficiaries).”

TJ Agulto, Executive Director of Microventures, Inc., the company that runs the chain of Hapinoy sari-sari stores, said that stakeholders must come together to teach poor families how to be economically productive.

“It is a challenge to make them feel more secure and confident in their capability to  defeat  poverty,” Agusto added.

On the other hand, Manuel Dela Fuente, Program Manager of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship –Go Negosyo attested to the commitment of the DSWD field office in NCR, sharing their successful training workshops with out-of-school youth from communities all over Metro Manila. He hopes for more success stories of beneficiaries with improved lives through the convergence efforts of the public and private sectors.

“Basta DSWD, galaw agad, kilos agad,” Dela Fuente stressed.

Representatives from all of the regional project management offices of the DSWD also attended the forum to engage the partners for further collaboration. Roy Serdena, Regional Project Coordinator from the DSWD field office in CARAGA encouraged the partners to extend their efforts in Mindanao.

 

Filipino dream

Secretary Soliman closed with a challenge to all the guests saying, “We always say ‘Libre lang mangarap.’ (Dreaming has no cost.) But dreaming, of course, has its limits. It must be accompanied by skills and of course, opportunities. The challenge for us is to change ‘Libre lang mangarap.’ into ‘Sa Pilipinas, libreng tuparin ang mga pangarap.’ (In the Philippines, realizing dreams has no costs)” ###

 

Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph

Pamana Livelihood Program Seeks to Reduce Poverty Incidence, says DSWD

TACLOBAN CITY– The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) implementation of the Pamana –Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) seeks to contribute to lasting peace by reducing poverty and improving the quality of life of the poor, said DSWD assistant regional director for operation Nestor Ramos.

The Pamana–assisted livelihood and capacity–building project is simply a development program by which community folks themselves will identify the projects and sustain its implementation.

The basic concept of the Pamana–SLP venture is an over-all peace-building program that is to be implemented in conflict – affected and conflict vulnerable areas.

This will also will provide a community cash grant of P300,000 to the duly selected people’s organization within a particular conflict-affected, vulnerable barangay for a period of three years, he said.

After a memorandum signing by some 28 barangay captains of San Jorge in Samar, the municipality is now set to lay the groundwork for the implementation of the program.

Ramos said the role of the DSWD is to provide technical assistance to implementing people’s organizations, sees that there is harmonious implementation of the program and ensure the wise use of funds, among others.

Meanwhile, DSWD is endlessly coming up with various programs that aim to lift them up from poverty.

 

Source: www.leytesamardaily.net

4Ps Beneficiaries to Become Entrepreneurs

A “fresh start” was how 40-year old Elvira Aballe of Barangay Liboganon described the financial aid of 6,000 pesos she received as one of the beneficiaries in this city of the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K)  program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as financed by Security Bank.
 
“We are very thankful to the government and Security Bank for coming up with a program that will help us,” Elvira told CIO Tagum during the distribution of cash assistance last August 23, 2013 in Barangay Liboganon.
 
Elvira is among the 75 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) from Barangay Pagsabangan (28) and Barangay Liboganon (47) in Tagum who were identified by the City Social Welfare and Development Office headed by its chief Mrs. Nora Lupiba to avail of the SEA-K program of the department.
 
Lupiba said this is a way of capacitating the 4Ps beneficiaries to engage in a profitable venture to support their respective families by engaging in an entrepreneurial activity.
 
Elvira said she will be using the money she received for her fish-vending business, just like her other colleagues who will use the money as additional capital in retail stores or Mayor Allan Rellon, on the other hand, extended his full support to this program as it is in line with his EAGLE WINGS agenda on governance, specifically on social services and livelihood development.
 
Each beneficiary is entitled to a 6,500 pesos cash assistance, 500 pesos of which will be contributed to their barangay-based SEA-K associations that will also be used for their group’s business venture. The funding was made possible through the support of Security Bank through its corporate social responsibility program, which earmarked one million pesos for this program.
 
DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman identified Tagum and a Municipality in Benguet to make use of Security Bank’s assistance.
 
Prior to this, the identified 4Ps beneficiaries underwent a rigorous training on financial management and bookkeeping facilitated by DSWD XI. The said office will also conduct regular individual and group monitoring to ensure that the cash assistance will not go into waste.
 
The SEA-K Program is a livelihood and capability building program aimed at enhancing the socio-economic skills of poor families towards establishing and managing sustainable community-based credit organizations for entrepreneurial development.

 

 

Source: www.edgedavao.net