Written by Ardel C. Laroya, DSWD Field Office I SLP
Maginhawa.001National 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.
The business manager of the Association, Rosalyn de Guzman, proudly showed her NC II during the documentation of the project. She also
shared their marketing strategy: be friendly, share the benefits of body massage, and maintain good services. Customers include locals as well as residents from nearby towns like Sta. Maria, Laoac, Urdaneta and even visitors from Manaoag, Pangasinan, and Quezon City.

Genalyn S. Templo, treasurer of the SLPA, shared that with daily earnings of Php 700 to 900, she was able to save Php 20,000 for their family of four. Her husband, Jimmy Templo, has also participated in the second batch of the training. Together, they earn an average of  Php 5,000 per week.

The Pantawid Pamilya Spa and Massage is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, through Mondays to Saturdays, and even Sundays, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Special rates are available for half body massages, massages with bentosa, reflexology, and home service requests.