KAPWA 123 SEA-K Meeting: A Story of Resiliency and Innovation

Resiliency or the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties is a trait that is exemplified by Ms. Lydia Codiñera and the members of Kapwa 123 SEA-K Marketing. Rising up from the demolishment and relocation of their homes, the members of KSM bounced back and now have a thriving micro-enterprise which creates various household products.

The members of Kapwa 123 SEA-K Marketing started their business with a capital of Php 30,000.00 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. From this initial capital, the group produced dishwashing liquid, hand wash, fabric conditioner, detergent powder and other household products. The group was then given further assistance in 2015 when they were visited by Ms. Geraldine Mabaet, a Project Development Officer from the Sustainable Livelihood Program who was impressed by their product display. The group was then organized into Kapwa 123 SEA-K Marketing and given seed money of Php 250,000.00 to increase the volume of their production and to innovate with more new household products.

Now, the group has continued to grow and innovate with a new marketing strategy for their group and plans to reach out to 3,000 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino beneficiaries for training in the production of Kapwa’s products. Kapwa 123 SEA-K Marketing has also bagged second place in the recently held Bangon Kabuhayan Award which recognizes outstanding practices in the micro-enterprise development and the employment facilitation tracks of the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

 

Written by Denise Marygrace O. Santos, DSWD National Capital Region

Organic Blue Crab Fattening Farm

 

Through the financial and technical assistance provided by DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), the women-led Manhak Association in Looc, Romblon was able to build an organic blue crab fattening farm on their shores in February 2016. SLP provided skills training and cash for building the foot bridge and cottages which the members of the association built themselves; amounting to PhP525,741.00.

Brgy. Manhac, Looc is a coastal barangay, and 64% of its population are fisherfolks, with 53% of the women unemployed and dependent on their husband’s income.

Nine of the 10 members of Manhak Association, or Manggagawang Aktibo na Naglalayong Harapin ang Kinabukasan, are women including the President Luz Soriano. All of them are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and fisherfolks.

Manhak Association’s blue crab farm has 23 cages containing a maximum of 2,300 pieces or average of 250 kgs of blue crabs each, allowing them to earn PHP50,000 from each cage. The crabs are cultured organically, using scrap fish and left-over vegetables from households and fishermen, hence the cost of maintaining the farm is kept at the minimum.

The association is currently supplying 11 restaurants in Romblon and Boracay island, along with the local market. Because of the increasing demand for Manhac’s crabs and to sustain the farm’s production, BFAR will be developing a lying-in farm in Manhac which the association will manage as well. The members have also started serving cooked dishes in their farm’s receiving area, coming up with their own unique menu, to cater to walk-in customers. Because of these, the tourism office of Romblon has included Manhak Association’s crab farm as one of the major tourist destinations of the province.

Prior to the establishment of the crab farm, each of the members of the association earned as little as zero to PhP 100 in a day. Now, they earn a minimum of PhP225 per day, to as much as PhP2,000 per week.

Alita Gaito, one of Manhak Association’s members, was able to build a second floor for their house and support her daughter’s college education, through her income from the crab farm. “Magkaka-second floor na bahay namin. Ilang kilo na lang ng crabs yan, matatapos din,” she says, referring to her income from selling blue crabs.

Written by Ivon Claire Domingo, DSWD NPMO

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

An Out of School Youth Shapes Her Own Livelihood

Rofa Mae Halina, an Out of School Youth from Barangay Tagdu, Mambajao, Camiguin, now owns here very own Homemade Longganisa business after completing a technical course on Food Processing, offered by 1 AND ALL Technical School through the support of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Being the eldest child, Rofa Mae has to sacrifice her studies for her two younger siblings and work harder in order to support their family, after her father became sickly and weak.

Dagku gyud ang akong pasalamat sa DSWD ug sa 1 AND ALL Technical School tungod kay usa ko sa mga natagaan ani nga training, labi na gyud kay gitagaan pa ko og gamit pangakabuhayan human sa among graduation (I am really thankful to DSWD and 1 AND ALL Technical School for the opportunity they have given me as one of the recipient of this training apart from the start-up kit they have provided us after graduation)”, says Rofa Mae. “Maningkamot gyud ko nga mapalambo ning akong gamay nga negosyo alangalang sa akong pamilya (I will do my best to improve my business for the benefit of my family)”, she avows.

Written by Jamile M. Taha, DSWD Northern Mindanao

Originally Posted last 26 May 2016

NHA, DSWD partner for sustainable livelihood communities

NHA

 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) strengthened their partnership and signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to support the implementation of the Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) Project.

The MOA for the CBLA Project, signed on April 7 by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and NHA General Manager Chito Cruz, aims to give opportunities for qualified housing beneficiaries in selected resettlement sites to avail of short-term employment to augment their daily income and to be able to update their housing amortization arrearages.

The MOA signing ceremony was witnessed by 3rd District of Negros Occidental Congressman Alfredo “Albee” B. Benitez, Chairman of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development, who pushed for the implementation of this pilot project. Continue reading

Metamorphoses

metamorphoses

Life is an endless battle towards a lifelong journey of possibilities in doing great things and dreaming great dreams. We plan great plans and truly dream great dreams if only to realize the future ahead of us.

We have recently concluded how powerful and mighty the Project Development Officers are. You have unleashed all the potentials within you. As such we call it “metamorphoses”. Continue reading

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.