By: Louie De La Cruz | 10 September 2012
A successful Field Project Development Officers’ Trainer’s Training and Catch-up Planning Workshop on the Field Operations Manual (FOM) of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Philippine government was recently held in Region 8 in Ormoc City Villa Hotel on August 27-31, 2012 (in coordination with DSWD Field Office No. VIII based in Tacloban City).
The training was conducted by key staff of the Sustainable Livelihood Head Office to equip PDOs in the field in the better understanding the Field Operations Manual, and helping them recognize the most effective ways of delivering the twin goals of the Sustainable Livelihood Program, which are (1) microenterprise development, and (2) employment facilitation, for the benefit of the poor beneficiaries of Region 8.
The number of participating PDOs was from the following provinces: Northern Samar (18), Western Samar (22), Eastern Samar (3), Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran (7).
The participants were briefed on the general procedures and finer points of the Field Operations Manual with corresponding workshops to simulate possible scenarios with beneficiaries in the implementation of the procedures in said Manual.
In between lectures and workshops, PDOs were also given the opportunity to discuss the types of support needed by them to deliver their targets in the Region, as well as the types of possible microenterprise projects that needed support from the government. The discussions also covered possible partnerships with the government and private sector that will encourage sustainable livelihood.
Mr. Gomer Butala Padong of the Philippine Social Enterprise (PhilSEN) was invited to give a lecture on Social Entrepreneurship and related business strategies in marketing/promotion, costing, pricing, and record-keeping. Essentially equipped with basic information on how to become an entrepreneur, the PDOs are expected to deliver and teach these learned strategies in a language that will be easily understood by the beneficiaries assigned to them.
As part of their workshop, the participants visited the Ormoc City wet market to investigate, assess and know for themselves what types of microenterprise projects are suitable to their beneficiaries, considering the PDOs respective areas of assignments.
The participants also visited the City Hall of Ormoc City and had a courtesy call from Hon. Mayor Eric C. Codilla. The mayor was pleased to announce to the participants that Ormoc City was awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping for 2011, in recognition of its efforts in advancing the principles of accountability and transparency in local governance. Ormoc City was given P45 million award from the Local Government Support Fund for earning that Seal. The Ormoc City government has a very supportive Sustainable Livelihood Office that the participants were able to visit.
The hectic five-day training and catch-up planning workshop proved to be an enlightening and productive activity for all of the participants. The PDOs in Region 8 had a better perspective of their SLP targets, and hopefully will be able to deliver them on time.
Besides enjoying some of the fantastic views of Ormoc City, the participants had some time to do “socials” on the last night of the activity by getting to know more of each other, building camaraderie, singing and dancing through the night.
 http://www.ormoc.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1270&Itemid=35 (Retrieved 10 September 2012)
 http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=1141327853374 (Retrieved 10 September 2012)
*Photos courtesy of PDOs in Region 8