Street Families Receive Livelihood News

Cagayan de Oro City — Homeless Street Families in Cagayan de Oro engaged themselves in livelihood ventures, to gain employment and other livelihood opportunities with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Modified Conditional Cash Transfer specifically designed to provide livelihood assistance to the Indigenous Peoples and Homeless Street Families.

Forty-one (41) street families received Skills Training on Massage Therapy NC II, Beauty Care Services NC II, and Housekeeping NC II from the Philippine School of Science and Technology, DSWD’s partner institution for this specific project.

The training aimed to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic condition of homeless street families through empowerment and capacity building. This will prepare them for their livelihood ventures, employment, and other livelihood opportunities, in the future.

In preparation for their training, the families were given skills training orientation, for them to be aware of the training processes, allowances, and duration. “Recipients of this training will be provided with uniforms free of charge and livelihood tool kits during their culmination day”, says Mr. Bendisula, the proprietor of the Philippine School of Science and Technology.

“We are hopeful that through our programs, these homeless street families, will be provided with equal livelihood opportunities and eventually improve their living condition”, said Lexa Lappang, a Community Facilitator for the DSWD.

The skills training launched following the orientation and continued up to five (5) weeks.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD Northern Mindanao

Originally published: 29 March 2016 by DSWD Northern Mindanao

Weekly Digest

We bring to you DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program updates gathered during the week:

In Barangay Suyo, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, 20 simple mothers and farming-fathers turned into co-owners of mushroom production which now earns at least Php 600 to 1,000 for a 4-kilo harvest a day in the last 6 months.
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At the culmination ceremony at Gaisano Grand Toril, Davao City, Director  Mercedita P. Jabagat of DSWD interacts with Pantawid Pamilya program participants who recently completed Beauty Care NC II, a TESDA-accredited skills training on Hair Dressing, Nail Care and Foot Spa. To date, 60 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program from barangays Bato, Bayabas, Binugao, Lubogan and Marapangi have finished the course and now earning from their newly-acquired craft.
“Kahit malaking hamon pa ang nakaatang na responsibilidad at tungkulin sa akin ay kaya ko na dahil katuwang ko ang Pantawid Pamilya,” ani Lucila Pablo ng Barangay Manacnac, Palayan City.
Davao City–Life is a constant struggle with life’s challenges. People fight for justice, others for their life; while the poor fight for freedom. They fight for freedom from poverty that has been entrenched upon them since birth. Some succeed, some fail to win, and there are a few who are doubly blessed.
“Pantawid Pamilya has helped me send my children to school so that they would have a wonderful future,” Liezel B. Abella said. (…) Now, while my children are happy in school, I am also as inspired as them as I continue my degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education at Agusan del Sur College,” she added.
“Sa mga lumipas na panahon, natutunan ko na ang pagtaguyod ng pamilya ay tulad din ng pamamahala ng gobyerno, na nangangailangan ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan upang makamit ang tagumpay (over the years, I learned that managing a family is like managing a government, it needs unity and cooperation to succeed), says Maribel Vertudazo, a 47 year old mother of ten children from the Island of Camiguin.
“When you tell yourself you can, it means work, work, and work,” shares Emelyn Maravillas. (…) Emelyn, 46, a mother of five is an active Pantawid Pamilya parent leader, a community volunteer of KC-NCDDP, and an active participant of the Sustainable Livelihood Program from Barangay Tuburan, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte.

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

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