Businesses pledge support for gov’t livelihood program

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) said the business sector has pledged to provide employment for beneficiaries of its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano Soliman said the successful coordination of the DSWD along with other government agencies, and with the private sector, is enabling the department – through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) to generate more employment opportunities for beneficiaries of its conditional cash transfer program.

“We have successfully instituted a convergence within the DSWD of the Pantawid Pamilya, our SLP and community driven development (program),” Soliman said.

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PaskuJuan: Salu- salo sa Pagbabago!

Butuan City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga will join the nationwide holiday festival and bazaar celebration dubbed as  “PaskuJuan”  to herald the successes of the Department’s partner–beneficiaries.

The festival will be conducted simultaneously in all regions of the country on November 30, 2014 (Sunday). In Caraga, it will be held at the Guingona Park, Butuan City. It will commence at 7:45 a.m. with a mass at Saint Joseph Cathedral.

To highlight the festivity, the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants will showcase their products as bazaar concessionaires.

Ito na ang PINAKA MALAKI, MAKULAY, at MASAYA na pagsalubong sa kapaskuhan. Magsalu – salo po tayo sa pagbabago.” Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli exclaimed.

Brigoli encouraged all Caraganons to support, and patronize the products of the beneficiaries.

” PaskuJuan is a venue for the different Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program beneficiaries in the region to sell their livelihood products, ” she concluded.

Along with the activity will be the launching of the “Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago” Social Media Sites; Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under Voluntary Service; Oath Taking of the Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare Committee (RJJWC).

To intensify the celebration, the major stakeholders namely the National Government Agencies (NGAs), the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Union of Local Authority of the Philippines (ULAP), the Association of the Career Executives (ACEs), Local Government Units (LGUs,) and the media are also invited. The affair is open to the general public.

BanKO wins Social Impact of the Year Award

DSWD partner BPI Globe BanKO receives award for BanKO3

BPI Globe BanKO, the country’s first mobile-based savings bank, clinched the Social Impact of the Year Award for Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Asia in the recently concluded Mondato Summit. Presented by international aid organizations FHI 360 and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the award was given to the mobile financial services (MFS) provider whose product or service delivered measurable social value in South or Southeast Asia during 2013 – 2014. BanKO claimed the top honors over insurance provider Microensure Bangladesh and Indonesian electronic money service provider Dompetku.

BanKO was recognized for providing innovative solutions in its joint financial education program with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program. With the common goal of improving the lives of nearly 80 million Filipinos at the “base of the pyramid”, BanKO and DSWD have been conducting a series of free financial literacy seminars and have been opening bank accounts for the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries which started earlier this year. This consists of around 1,000 sessions conducted every month since April 2014, reaching 13 regions across the country – from urban areas such as Payatas in Quezon City to remote locations like mountain barangays in Tuburan, Cebu, and the island of Culion in Palawan.

Ranging from the basics of saving to detailed walkthroughs on how to supplement their income using BanKO’s mobile banking services such as BuyLoad and business loans, the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries gained much-needed support and information to help improve their living conditions and achieve financial security. To date, there are over 145,000 beneficiaries who have active BanKO accounts that have now reached P14.5 million in total deposits. The program aims to bank at least 200,000 beneficiaries by end of the year and is expected to continue on in 2015.

Over 100 delegates from the technology and MFS industry across Asia attended the 2-day summit held in Singapore last Nov. 11 and 12. The awards were handed out on the last day of the summit, given to the most innovative solutions from emerging start-ups and established companies that continuously break new ground in the field of MFS.

BanKO’s Chief of Development Officer Rob Nazal presented the said project during the viewing of finalists for the Mondato Awards and received the award for BanKO. “It’s an honor to be recognized for this significant win, not only for BanKO but for the Philippines as well. This award reflects our commitment and dedication to changing our society and improving the lives of the underserved Filipinos. We hope to continue serving our country through BanKO’s accessible mobile banking services and even stronger partnerships with organizations who share our vision of financial inclusion for all Filipinos,” he said.

Article from: BPI Globe BanKO

DSWD-7 Pours More than 3M Aid to Fisher folks in Northern Cebu

BFAR-7 Regional Director Andres M. Bojos (second from left) accept the check from DSWD-7 Sustainable Livelihood Program Focal Head Jennifer Quimno (third from left). Also present during the Ceremonial Turn-Over of Check are Department of Agriculture-7 Regional Director Angel Enriquez (second from right), Cebu Provincial Fisher folk Director Gil Entoma (rightmost), Regional Fisher folk Director Expedita Acibo (leftmost), DSWD-SLP Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Gilbert Carredo (Center) and DSWD-SLP External Relations Officer Lovelyn Garcia (third from right).

BFAR-7 Regional Director Andres M. Bojos (second from left) accept the check from DSWD-7 Sustainable Livelihood Program Focal Head Jennifer Quimno (third from left). Also present during the Ceremonial Turn-Over of Check are Department of Agriculture-7 Regional Director Angel Enriquez (second from right), Cebu Provincial Fisher folk Director Gil Entoma (rightmost), Regional Fisher folk Director Expedita Acibo (leftmost), DSWD-SLP Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Gilbert Carredo (Center) and DSWD-SLP External Relations Officer Lovelyn Garcia (third from right).

As the fisher folks in Northern Cebu are trying to get their life back after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the area, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Visayas help fisher folks regain their self-worth and dignity to live a normal life after the devastation.

Recently, BFAR launched a project called “AHON” that aims to carry out the rehabilitation and reconstruction of boats destroyed by Yolanda and provision of fishing gears to fisher folks.

BFAR-7 Regional Director Andres Bojos commended the project’s initiatives in enhancing the synergy and collaboration of different national government agencies and other stakeholders in helping people uplift from poverty.

“Most of the affected families are into fishing and we need to help them rebuild their means of livelihood,” DSWD-7 Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat said.

“Through our Sustainable Livelihood Program or SLP and in partnership with BFAR, we will help them in the repair of their bancas or boats,” Jabagat added.

In this partnership, BFAR will construct 2,000 units of boats which will replace the totally damaged or beyond repair boats. The total cost for these units is Php 6,440,000.00.

DSWD for its part will give Php 3,220,000.00 as counterpart to the project. The repair works shall be done by the owners and they will be paid through the Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) of DSWD at a cost of Php 322.00 per day for 5 days.

80 Pantawid beneficiaries from Cavite complete SM Farmers Training

A total of 80 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from the Municipality of Maragondon, Cavite had recently completed the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan-Farmers Training Program of the SM Foundation.

The three-month-long training is part of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s efforts of ensuring that beneficiaries of the Pantawid Program are provided opportunities to be engaged in income generating activities. This includes provision of skills training, facilitation of employment in private companies or development of micro enterprise as deemed fit to the family beneficiaries. The said efforts are being conducted under the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department.

“Ako po ay tumatayo sa inyong harapan bilang isang Pantawid beneficiary na kasapi dito sa farmers training. Sa aking palagay, ito po ang simula ng aming tagumpay. Dahil dito, masasabi kong kaya po ng Pilipinong tumawid sa kaunlaran,” Sally Feliciano said during the graduation ceremony last October 8 2014 in SM Rosario, Cavite.

Aside from SM Foundation and DSWD, the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Harbest Corporation and the Local Government of Maragondon also provided support to the farmers training that was also participated by 55 non-Pantawid beneficiaries from the provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Nueva Ecija.

“Maraming salamat sa ating mga partners na tumulong mabuo ang training para matulungang maiahon mula sa kahirapan ang ating mga Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. Dahil sa tulong po ninyo, matutugunan na ng ating beneficiaries ang hamon na makatawid sa kaunlaran ang mga Pinoy,” Dir Leticia T. Diokno of DSWD Field Office IV-A said in her message during the graduation ceremony.

Also present during the graduation ceremony were Ms. Cristie S. Angeles, AVP for Livelihood and Outreach Programs of SM Foundation and Mayor Reynaldo A. Rillo of Maragondon. with reports from DKTanedo

DSWD supports peace-building efforts through livelihoods

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) recently conducted a Program Review and Evaluation Workshop for the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) project of the national government

In attendance were representatives from the DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) National and Regional Project Management Offices, OPAPP Officials and Regional Managers, and Multi-Inter Agency Councils (MIAC) of the concerned local government units.

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