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

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