Homeless 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

Persistence to Success: Patalita’s Story

Meet Remie Patalita Jr., a persistent young lad from Barangay Bukangliwayway, Kibawe, Bukidnon. He recently earned a promotion as a Line Quality Control at the Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) and Construction Co. Ltd. Philippines in Subic, Zambales. Motivated by his dreams and the need to support his mother under medication and his younger brother still studying, Mr. Patalita strived hard to thrive.

Patalita was one of the thirty (30) participants who completed Plumbing NC II, a technical course supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). For twenty (20) days, Patalita and other SLP participants went through vigorous and hands on training on plumbing to prepare them for possible employment.

Months after he completed the technical course, Patalita submitted himself to a free Pipe Fitting NC II offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). He then worked as a trainee at the Cagayan de Oro City Water District Office for a month, to gain experience.

Given his credentials, he received an opportunity to work as Pipe Fitter at one of the largest construction industries in the Philippines. SLP supported Patalita, through SLP’s Pre-employment Assistance Fund (PEAF), for his completion of his documentary requirements to take the job. Since his employment, he was able to send about PhP 50,000.00 to his family. 

Written by: Ms. Jamila M. Taha, DSWD Northern Mindanao