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.