We bring to you DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program updates gathered during the week:


DSWD SLP BENEFICIARIES IN DINGRAS, ILOCOS NORTE: FIRST TIME MUSHROOM PRODUCERS
In Barangay Suyo, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, 20 simple mothers and farming-fathers turned into co-owners of mushroom production which now earns at least Php 600 to 1,000 for a 4-kilo harvest a day in the last 6 months.
Find more at: http://livelihood.dswd.gov.ph/feature_mushrooms/


BEAUTY CARE SKILLS FOR PANTAWID PAMILYA MOTHERS
At the culmination ceremony at Gaisano Grand Toril, Davao City, Director  Mercedita P. Jabagat of DSWD interacts with Pantawid Pamilya program participants who recently completed Beauty Care NC II, a TESDA-accredited skills training on Hair Dressing, Nail Care and Foot Spa. To date, 60 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program from barangays Bato, Bayabas, Binugao, Lubogan and Marapangi have finished the course and now earning from their newly-acquired craft.
 
INSPIRASYON KO ANG PANTAWID PAMILYA
“Kahit malaking hamon pa ang nakaatang na responsibilidad at tungkulin sa akin ay kaya ko na dahil katuwang ko ang Pantawid Pamilya,” ani Lucila Pablo ng Barangay Manacnac, Palayan City.
 
OF BLESSINGS AND CHANCES
Davao City–Life is a constant struggle with life’s challenges. People fight for justice, others for their life; while the poor fight for freedom. They fight for freedom from poverty that has been entrenched upon them since birth. Some succeed, some fail to win, and there are a few who are doubly blessed.
 
HAPPY TO SERVE
“Pantawid Pamilya has helped me send my children to school so that they would have a wonderful future,” Liezel B. Abella said. (…) Now, while my children are happy in school, I am also as inspired as them as I continue my degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education at Agusan del Sur College,” she added.
 
A MOTHER, ALL-IN FOR DEVELOPMENT
“Sa mga lumipas na panahon, natutunan ko na ang pagtaguyod ng pamilya ay tulad din ng pamamahala ng gobyerno, na nangangailangan ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan upang makamit ang tagumpay (over the years, I learned that managing a family is like managing a government, it needs unity and cooperation to succeed), says Maribel Vertudazo, a 47 year old mother of ten children from the Island of Camiguin.
 
WHEN YOU TELL YOURSELF YOU CAN, THINGS HAPPEN
“When you tell yourself you can, it means work, work, and work,” shares Emelyn Maravillas. (…) Emelyn, 46, a mother of five is an active Pantawid Pamilya parent leader, a community volunteer of KC-NCDDP, and an active participant of the Sustainable Livelihood Program from Barangay Tuburan, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte.