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SLP Participants embark on poultry and swine production projects

The participants of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare in Region 7 has embarked on poultry and swine production projects.

These beneficiaries are members of the two (2) associations in four (4) towns of Siquijor, Siquijor.

Remily M. Daniel (left), President and Angelita Balud (right), Treasurer of Cang-asa and Cang-atuyom Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association of barangay Cang-asa, Siquijor, Siquijor harvest fresh eggs from their poultry farm.

In 2016, the DSWD granted the livelihood assistance to the qualified participants of barangays Cang-asa, Cang-atuyom, Canghunoghunog and Cang-inte. These associations received a total amount of Php 779,000.00 for integrated farming business operations.

Cang-asa and Cang-atuyom SLP Association (SLPA)

The Cang-asa and Cang-atuyom SLPA in the municipality of Siquijor is composed of 46 program participants, all are Pantawid members. It has 5 male and 41 female members who run their poultry livelihood project.

The group was organized in September 2015 and received a 3-day training on Integrated Farming in December of the same year through the assistance of Jave Yurong, the SLP Implementing Project Development Officer (IPDO) and Hyah Josefa Jeliene Ventolero, Municipal Link (ML) of the area.

In 2016, the Department through the SLP granted the amount of Php 437,000 to the association for their business project under the skill training of Micro-enterprise Development (MD) track.

The SLPA officially started their poultry business with 532 ready-to-lay Lohman chickens. The group is renting a 500 square meter lot for Php 500 every quarter under usufruct agreement with a private individual within 10 years. Aside from that, the local government of Siquijor showed support to the association by giving them 9 rolls of barbed wires worth Php 15,000.

The association’s set of officers are: Remily M. Daniel, President (Cang-asa); Maribeth Banguiao, Vice President (Cang-atuyom); Angelita Balud, Treasurer (Cang-asa); Nelee Cabaong, Secretary (Cang-asa) and Susan Looc, Auditor (Cang-asa).

Now, the Cang-asa SLPA has regular customers from Villa Marmarine and Gold View resorts in the municipality.

Canghunoghunog and Cang-inte (CATINOG) SLP Association

The Cang-asa ang Cang-atuyom SLPA, CATINOG SLPA was organized in February 2016 and were trained in Integrated Farming for 3 days in December 2016 by the same workers assigned in the area.

The SLPA is composed of 36 Pantawid beneficiaries with 4 male and 30 female members running the swine production livelihood project.

On April 28, 2016, the Department through the SLP granted the amount of Php 342,000 to CATINOG SLP Association for their swine production business project under the skill training of Micro-enterprise Development (MD) track. The business started with 9 piglets.

The group is renting a 250-square-meter lot for Php 2,000 every quarter under usufruct agreement with a private individual within 10 years. Also, the local government of Siquijor gave 12 rolls of barbed wires at Php 14,400 to CATINOG SLPA.

The business management is headed by the following officers: Vilma Apiag, President (Cang-inte); Warlito Apiag, Vice President (Canghunoghunog); Rinefy Lumactod, Treasurer; Vinalyn Bation, Secretary; Mary Ann Balos, Auditor (they are from Cang-inte).

The participants together with the PDO were trained a simple bookkeeping, financial literary and record keeping during their Family Development Session (FDS) for them to be more guided on the business operations. ###


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DSWD 7 hands over the Listahanan data to DOH 7

After the DOH-7 completed the requirements for the Listahanan data sharing, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII through its National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) handed over the Listahanan data to the Department of Health (DOH) region 7.

Mr. Hillton John V. Edrial and Mr. Donald Rey Dejacto, NHTS officers, give the Listahanan data to Dr. Jeannette Pauline Arellano Cortes, the DPO of DOH 7 after the MOA signing.

The NHTS-PR is a database and an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

“We will use these data for planning purposes,” said Dr. Jeannette Pauline Arellano Cortes, Medical Officer IV and the Data Privacy Officer (DPO) of DOH 7 as she received the Listahanan data.

Mr. Hillton John V. Edrial, NHTS Head and Mr. Donald Rey Dejacto, Information Technology Officer (ITO) of DSWD-7 who turned over the data sets are very glad that the DOH 7 has finally received the Listahanan database.

Mr. Dejacto immediately installed the data to the PDO’s assigned desktop computer after making sure that the computer met the requirement.

The signed MOA and other requirements are in compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012, mandated by the National Privacy Commission (NPC) which protects individual personal information and upholds the right to privacy by regulating the processing of personal information.

Mr. Edrial hopes that other institutions like Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the like will also embrace the use of Listahanan datasets as a basis for their planned programs and services. ###


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Pantawid mother finishes school, now a licensed professional teacher

As early as 17 years old, Ma. Lyn V. Bustillo of Masulog, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental has already tasted the rigorous life and struggles of a mother. Getting pregnant at an early age has regrettably saddened not just Ma. Lyn but her parents as well, who would have wanted her to get a degree before entering into married life. Her fate seemed to mismatch with how her parents and she have planned it to be when she discovered that she was carrying a little new life in her womb before he could finish college in 2003.

Ma. Lyn V. Bustillo on her graduation photo opportunity on March 2017

Nevertheless, not wanting to dwell much on her failure to fulfill her parent’s expectation, she has always tried to be positive and look at the brighter side of everything that was happening in her life. After giving birth, Lyn decided to focus on taking care of her family. She and her boyfriend eventually decided to get married with the blessing of both their parents on June 4, 2004.

As they venture on their new journey as a couple, things were not going smoothly. They only lived in a small nipa hut with her husband, Mahalie Bustillo, roughly earning a hundred peso a day as a farm laborer. It was hard for them to land a good-earning job as both of them have not finished a degree. Earning something that cannot suffice their daily sustenance, especially that their new born was a premature baby and needed to be bottle-fed, Lyn has learned to become responsible at a young age. She has worked in the farm, offered laundry services, and became a dealer of different products bringing her child most of the time, as she has no one to look after the baby while she’s away from home.

When she gave birth to another child and the two have already started to attend to school, her efforts to sustain their family’s need has also doubled – waking up as early as 3 in the morning to prepare food for her children and to slice fruits like mango and papaya which she was to sell in the school canteen. This has been her routine for quite a couple of years until their family became one of the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in 2011.

After a year of receiving cash grants from the program, Lyn has thought of some ways on how she can efficiently make use of the resources around her especially that she is already receiving support from the government. She wanted the program to have a remarkable impact in her life and her family’s.

Wanting to secure the future of her family, Lyn wanted to continue her schooling, which was supported by her husband. In 2013, she enrolled at Saint Joseph College of Canlaon City and took up Bachelor of Education Major in Elementary Education.

Striving to finish a degree while also hearing negative remarks from the people around has not discouraged Lyn.

Hala, mo-eskuwela pa ka? Nag usik-usik raka og panahon. Maayo pa sa imong mga anak nga pag pa-eskuwela nalang na nimo igasto (Are you still going to school? You are only wasting your time. It would be better if you spend your money for your children’s education instead.),” said one of her neighbors who finds her plan impractical.

Lyn, however, would just politely respond to this underestimation and say “Sige lang, igo paman kay naa pa man ang 4P’s nga makatabang nako og sa amoang pamilya. At least kung mawala ug mahuman na ang programa, kampanti nako nga makapa-eskuwela sa akong mga anak sa college kay professional naman unya ko ana puhon (It is fine to me since Pantawid is also helping our family. If ever the program may no longer exist, at least I can already stand on my own and will be able to send our children to college because I am already a professional teacher when that time comes).”

Pursuing her desire for a college degree has also meant tripling her efforts as she multi-tasked in performing all her duties as a mother to her children, a wife to her husband, a Pantawid parent leader, and as a student at the same time.

Her first year in college was filled with adversities as it was also the time when her second child was hospitalized and has undergone a surgery of the intestines. She was perplexed when they discovered the amount of the hospital bill that they had to pay.

“I was relieved that the surgery was successful. Our bill reached to P34,000 but I was glad that it was covered by Philhealth. I could not be any grateful for our Pantawid membership. If not with it, we would not have been able to pay that bill, because when my Member Data Records (MDR) form was checked it was found out that it has already expired. Good thing when I showed them my Pantawid ID, they immediately approved the Philhealth coverage for our bill,” Lyn narrated.

Despite all of these, for Lyn, life must go on. She went on and never stopped from multi-tasking. She would sell snacks and food in school to earn something for her daily allowance, school projects and contributions. Most of the cash grants from the program would go directly to her children and family’s need while the extra cash would be paid for her tuition. That was how Lyn has been scrimping to survive every day until March 2017 came.

After four years of her serious effort to secure his family’s future, Lyn is getting closer to that dream as she graduated from college with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education at the age of 31, reaping the fruits of her hard work.

“I realize that nothing is really impossible if you dream. Change comes in our own choices. I always believe that God has always been my partner in my way to this success,” Lyn shared.

On March 2018, Lyn successfully passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers through the unfailing support of her husband and family.

“After I graduated, I immediately started teaching in our church as a Kinder teacher until March 2019, and currently, I am rendering a voluntary service in a public elementary school in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental while waiting for the result of our ranking,” Lyn amusingly shared.

For her, getting a degree is important in securing not just her future but of her children and family. She may have admittedly regretted of getting pregnant at an early age but she did not allow this to be a hindrance of resuming her pursuit to education. She worked hard to get back on her feet and finished school. Now, as she remains hopeful of finally settling in a public school and practice professional teaching, she is also seeing a vibrant future ahead of her children and family.

Ma. Lyn Bustillo only proves that the fulfillment of an education is always possible, no matter the age, and that when you desire something all the universe will indeed conspire to help you achieve it. ###


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SWINE RAISING: A Story of Success in Cang-agong

A group of men and women has managed a swine raising business in Barangay Cang-agong, Siquijor, Siquijor. They called themselves Cang-agong Sustainable Livelihood Association (CSLA).

Situated in the mountains of Siquijor town, Cang-agong is about 12 kilometers away from the town proper and is considered to be one of the remote areas in the island. Surrounded with lush vegetation, the place is cool and full of fresh air.

Leizl Gapol, member of Cang-agong Sustainable Livelihood Association (CSLA) in Siquijor, Siquijor carefully feeds the eight (8) gilt pigs.

Most of the CSLA members are farmers earning below minimum wage. Living in the mountains could be a challenge to their livelihood because of unpredictable weather condition. This situation prompted the CSLA members to look for alternative source of income. The group proposed a swine raising and integrated farming project to Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to supplement their income.

Organized by DSWD in 2015, the group received the assistance of Php 342,000.00 from the agency in April 2016. But beforehand, Jave Yurong, the project development officer assigned in the area facilitated for the training of the members on swine raising and high value crop production, simple bookkeeping and financial literacy.

The members ventured in swine raising business since the supply of pork has been in demand in the municipality due to the increasing number of tourists and restaurants. Also, they included integrated farming or crop production since it is the members’ most common livelihood. The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the province also assisted the association with this project.

The group had a 5-year usufruct agreement with a private individual in the locality for the 1,000 square meter-lot where they established their business. The local government of Siquijor supported the group by giving them Php 12,000 worth of barbed wire to fence the area for the pigpens and vegetable garden

This opportunity encouraged the members to be actively involved in the association and help in their business venture. In fact, they worked together in the registration of their association with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

On December 16, 2016, the association officially started their livelihood project with 16 piglets. For easy business operations, the group signed a partnership with a feeds company to supply the feeds for the piglets. The said private company also gave one (1) piglet to the association and agreed to have the feeds delivered door-to-door.

The group members believe that this livelihood project can alleviate their economic situation especially when it comes to sending their children to school. “Kapoy baya magdala og mga kauban sa grupo nga mga reklamador usahay pero ako ra gyud na gibaliwala para sa among negosyo aron mulambo ang asosasyon ug para sa akong pamilya (It’s not easy handling a group especially when they complain, but let it pass because I focus on how to make the business grow for the association and for our family),” said Maricel Gapol, CSLA Treasurer.

Like any other livelihood associations, the Cang-Agong Sustainable Livelihood Association also encountered difficulties as a group. When the late president, Julita Cantal died, the members were affected and were about to disband. But, Renalyn Jumadla, one of the members, was brave enough and stood up for the group. She encouraged the members to stay together and help manage their livelihood project. Renalyn became the new president of the association.

At present, the group is united and their business is doing well. Recently, the members already received their second profit share worth Php 1,950.00 each.

The members have strictly observed their tasks and responsibilities in keeping their business. The association hopes to achieve what it has envisioned– that their livelihood will not only benefit the members but the whole community of barangay Cang-agong. ###


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DSWD-7 distributes aid to displaced families in Manjuyod

The members of DSWD region 7’s Municipal Action Team in Manjuyod together with the workers of the local government unit and the members of the Philippine National Police distribute the family food packs and hygiene kits to the 300 families displaced in Manjuyod Negros Oriental.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in region 7 distributed family food packs and hygiene kits to the 300 internally displaced families affected by the armed encounter between the government forces and members of the rebel groups in Sitio Kabugtong, Barangay Bantolinao in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.

According to DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala, the local government workers and the members of the Philippine National Police helped the DSWD’s Municipal Action Team members in the distribution of goods on June 24, 2019.  The DSWD-7 provided 300 family food packs and 300 hygiene kits worth P226,950.   The local government unit of Manjuyod also provided hot meals to the affected families.

Out of the 300 displaced families, 237 are from barangays Bantolinao, Butong, Mandalupang, Candabong, Lamogong and Salvacion while the 63 families are from barangay Maaslum.

The incident happened on June 22, 2019 which affected seven (7) barangays of Manjuyod. The 300 displaced families took temporary shelter in two evacuation centers: Sotero Singco Memorial Elementary School in Barangay Maaslum and Municipal Gym in the Poblacion.

Currently, only 12 families remained in the municipal gym. The rest have already returned to their respective barangays. ###


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DSWD-7 bags SLP Sulong Bayanihan 2019 awards

DSWD Assistant Secretary for Specialized Programs Rhea B. Peñaflor (center) and DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala (4th from left), pose with Kervin Dominise , Gawad Sibol (1st place) under the Sikap category and Ma. Luna Furog of Poblacion Talibon Association for Sustainable Livelihood in Talibon, Bohol, Gawad Usbong (2nd place) under the Market category during the Sulong Bayanihan 2019. Also in the picture are SLP Regional Program Coordinator Rizalina L. Patindol (5th from right), Private Sector Partnership Officer Giovanna Roselyn Abada (4th from right), Project Development Officer II Layza Mae Yusoy (2nd from right), SLP Social Marketing Officer Joanne Era Soliano (1st from right), Poblacion Pantawid SLPA representative of Moalboal, Cebu, Nena Pableo (3rd from left) and Jimmy Crusio Government Sector Partnership Officer (2nd from left).

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII bagged 2 awards in the recently concluded Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Sulong Bayanihan 2019 held in Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City.

The first Sulong Bayanihan 2019 national competition was held on June 17-19, 2019. The 3-day activity aims to showcase the program’s milestones in terms of promoting and facilitating the continuous development and strengthening of efforts to solidify the convergence of families and communities towards identification and building-up of program champions and advocacies.

Spearheaded by the DSWD SLP National Program Management Office (NPMO) headed by Director Restituto B. Macuto, the activity was divided into three(3) main conferences: SIBOL Kakayahan on the first day, SIBOL Kabuhayan on the second day and SIBOL Kaagapay on the third day.

SIBOL Kakayahan

 The SIBOL Kakayahan conference served as an avenue for co-learning and dialogue among participating SLPA officers and program participants, to affirm the dignity and growth of the participant’s capabilities and livelihood asset bases. The SLP participants got ideas from practitioners of social entrepreneurship, who provided guidance on how to negotiate with industry players and how community livelihood could become an entry point for community organizing.

Also, the participants officially opened the Likhang Hiraya 2019: SLP Product Exhibit and Photo Display. The activity staged the various local products made the SLP participants from 17 regions in the Philippines. In this way, the public and private partners were given the chance to meticulously look and check some of the products that the SLPAs made.

SIBOL Kabuhayan

The activity for SIBOL Kabuhayan was through break-out sessions. Each of the national finalists for each category presented their SLPA’s stories on how  their livelihood assets have grown through the SLP intervention, organizational development, contribution to local economic development, behavioral change, their business model viability, roadmap for diversification or expansion, and details of their employment success or endeavors.

On the same day, Nena Pableo of Poblacion Pantawid SLPA in Moalboal, Cebu and Ma. Luna Furog of Poblacion Talibon Association for Sustainable Livelihood in Talibon, Bohol, the SLP national finalists for Market Category of Micro-enterprise Development (MD) track presented their SLPA stories to the crowd. The track has 9 categories to compete: Market, Lupa-Atbp, Gawang-Kamay, Transform, Libot/Serbis, Tiyaga, Sikap, Dunong and Trabajo categories.

“It was hard doing the business for the first time since we do not have any experience or skills in doing so. To help us improve on this part, we undergo training of simple bookkeeping with the help of DSWD SLP in partnership with DTI. We were taught how to understand the method of improving the business.

In our monthly meeting, we discussed the methods and imposed unity and helping one another to ensure the improvement of this business,” said Ma. Luna Furog.

Nena Pableo expressed, “The SLP project does not only give us livelihood. Most importantly it gives us some valuable lessons on how to be a model leader or member in an association.

Being a leader is not easy. Challenges, arguments come but I keep an open mind to listen to everyone. It’s one of the things that I learned that I was able to impart also to my family.”

Also, Kervin Dominise of Dalaguete, Cebu, the national finalist for Sikap Category of Employment Facilitation (EF) presented his story of change not only to his life but also to his family.

“One day my father told me that the DSWD has a program that will provide free skills training for out of school youths and jobless people. I got interested and hoped that I could find a job. This program is the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).  After the training, SLP gave Php5000 to the participants to help them in the requirement expenses for their future employment. Then, I tried applying to different call center companies in Cebu City but since I’m a college undergraduate and no call center experience I was rejected many times. Fortunately, in my eight attempt, I was given the chance by a company based on the knowledge and skills that I got from the free skills training. And now, I belong to Qualfon Cebu Site,” said Kervin.

Those were some of the astonishing words that the finalists shared to the crowd. True grit is indeed the key to success.

 SIBOL KAAGAPAY: SLP enabler’s forum

 On the 3rd day of the event, various stakeholders were enjoined with SLP to collaborate through the following areas: capacity-building, access to resources, market linkage, research and policy support. This is intended to draw support for the SLP through service learning programs of colleges and universities, integrating timelines of livelihood assistance delivery with NGOs, NGAs, and CSR arms to address gaps in program implementation, and linking smallholder farmers with inclusive business for project sustainability.

On the same day was also the official launching of SLP brand awareness campaign on Solidarity and Innovations in Bridging Opportunities for Livelihoods (SIBOL) and the conduct of Gabi ng PagSibol Awards Night, the awarding ceremony of notable and most outstanding MD and EF models.

Each category received three major awards composed of Gawad Sibol (1st place or Champion), Gawad Usbong (2nd place) and Gawad Punla (3rd place).

The Winners

The Sulong Bayanihan entries were in a tight competition. And, the DSWD SLP Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) is proud to have the story of Kervin Dominise as the Gawad Sibol (1st place or Champion) under the Sikap Category of EF and the story of Poblacion Talibon Association for Sustainable Livelihood in Talibon, Bohol who got the Gawad Usbong (2nd place) under the Market category of MD track.

The winners received cash prizes of Php 20,000 for the 1st place; Php 10,000 for the 2nd place; and Php 5,000 for the 3rd place. ###


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DSWD help fathers become better “ERPAT”

Responsible, great provider, protector. These are some of the qualities of a good father that comes to our mind. Yet in these times of uncertainties, some father unfortunately failed to protect or provide for their families because of circumstances or probably because of sheer ignorance.

The participation of fathers in the lives of the child are most often than not neglected because of the notion that taking care of a child is more like a maternal function than a paternal one.

Mr. Rosalito Lisondra, ERPAT leader of Brgy. Kasambagan, Cebu City.

According to Director Rebecca P. Geamala, DSWD 7 regional director, “Educating fathers about their role and capacity in the upbringing of a child is crucial to the development of the society. Thus, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) included in the Family Developmental Sessions (FDS) of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries the program for fathers called ERPAT.”

“Erpat” just like papa, tatay is a Filipino term for father, but in DSWD this is taken more than just a slang word for father. It is an acronym for Empowerment and Re-affirmation of Paternal Abilities.

One of the fathers who benefited from the program is Mr. Rosalito Lisondra, ERPAT leader of Brgy. Kasambagan, Cebu City.

Ang usa ka amahan, modelo sa iyang pamilya. Siya ang mag-giya sa iyang pamilya nga matunhay ug mamaayo ang padulngan sa mga anak (A father is a role model to his family. He makes sure that he guides his family, children on the right way),” pointed out Lisondra.

Nine years old pa lang ko, nagkat-on nako ug pangita ug kwarta (at 9, I already knew how to earn money),” recalls Lisondra of his younger days.

The second child from a brood of 4, he used to do household chores in other houses on weekends so that he would have extra allowance to pay for his school expenses.

His parents who were both factory workers in a company earned only meager incomes which could not support the family.

At age 11 until college, he had been selling newspapers to support his schooling. Despite financial difficulties, he was able to reach up to 4th year of BSECE.

In 1990 at the age of 23, he met the love of his life, Grace who hails from Borbon. They got married and blessed with four children.

Lisod and kinabuhi sa minyo, pero matag adlaw sa akong kinabuhi, wa gyud koy laing sangpiton ang Ginoo ra gyud (Married life is hard, but I always call on God every day).”

When ERPAT was introduced in Brgy. Kasambagan in 2009, the then Brgy. Capt Jun Lim appointed Rosalito as the President of the organization in the community. “Nahimo ko’ng president sa ERPAT niadtong time ni Capt. Jun Lim.”

Akong nakita nindot gyud kaayo ang erpat (I observed and I could say that ERPAT is really good). Sa ERPAT orientation gi focus gyud ang pagka responsible nga papa. Ang kadako sa responsibilidad ngadto sa pamilya (ERPAT orientation focuses on how to be a responsible father and how big this responsibility is to the family),” remarked Rosalito.

Despite his busy schedule as a tool keeper/sales consultant of Multicab airconditions in a company in Cebu. He manages to attend ERPAT meetings and is never absent even once. He said he saves his leave credits so that he can be present during ERPAT gatherings.

Ang ilaha gyud nga plano (sa ERPAT) ilabi na ngadto sa mga jobless nga papa matagaan gyud sila ug panginabuhian ba or extra income (ERPAT’s plan is also to provide a livelihood or alternative income for jobless fathers).”

That is when their project called Automated Tubig Machine (ATM) which the group also called “piso water” dispenser was born. The group was able to establish it out from their monthly contributions of Php 10/member and from the proceeds of the basketball league the group has organized for all the members every weekend. Each member would pay Php 10 in every game that he would play. Basketball league is another project of the group.

Currently, Rosalito’s group has two water dispensers. They really hoped that they will be funded so that they can supply water dispensers in every sitio of Kasambagan as water is highly profitable.

Isip usa ka amahan, imong role dinha sa organization sa erpat, kung unsay imong plano dinha sa imong pamilya pwede nimo maapply dinha sa community (as a father, your role in ERPAT is to see that your plan for your family can also be applied to your community).”

From 50 members in 2009, the organization now grows to 150, all coming from the different sitios of Kasambagan.

Sa pagkakaron dili pa kaayo nato makita, pero sa umaabot nindot ang epekto kay molig-on ang organisasyon (We may not yet see the result of ERPAT right now, but in the future this will have a positive effect because its strengthening the organization).”

As a father, Rosalito emphasizes the importance of being a father to the family and to the community.

Sa akoang pagkatawo dili ko moingon nga modelo ko, naningkamot lang ko nga mamahimong maayong amahan ngadto sa akong pamilya nga maoy akong mapaambit ngadto sa akong community (I do not want to say that I am a role model, I just tried my best to become a good father that can set an example to the community).”

He added, “Angay mawala na nimo ang mga bisyo. Makita sa imong mga anak nga imong mga buhat maayo, nga mamahimong sundon sa imong mga anak (One should avoid vices. Make sure that your children can see you doing some good deeds that they can follow).”

A soft-spoken man, Rosalito has been regarded as a very nice employee. “Buotan, kugihan bisan dili iyang trabaho, iyang trabahoon (He is very nice, hardworking. Even if it’s not his job, he is willing to do it.),” says Chenchen Corbita, his fellow coworker.

Sa karon nga panahon, importante kaayo para sa mga amahan nga makahibaw sila unsa ng erpat (Its important nowadays for the father to know about ERPAT).”

On this Father’s Day, we like to honor all fathers that work hard to be a good man not only to the family but contributes to the society as well. Just like our DSWD father, Sec. Rolando Bautista who sets an example of how a good father should be. Happy Father’s day papa, tatay, daddy, ERPATS! ###


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DSWD turns over E-Sikad to SLP Association in Argao

Investment scams have been spreading like wildfire in the news and media nowadays. But there’s one investment that truly benefits the people. The DSWD’s investment in empowering people through Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

SLP Regional Program Coordinator Mrs. Rizalina L. Patindol and Mayor Stanley S. Caminero of Argao, led the turn over ceremony of the 24 units of ESikad to the Cabecera de Argao ESikad SLP Association on June 12, 2019.

The first in Cebu, according to Mrs. Rizalina L. Patindol, regional coordinator of SLP, the Electric Sikad Project or ESIKAD was given to the Cabecera de Argao ESikad SLP Association during the turn-over ceremony on June 12, 2019. A fitting celebration for the Independence day as this could help them alleviate their poor economic conditions and eventually be free from their situations.

The 24 delighted SLP participants received the eye-catching, green-colored ESikad. This battery-charged vehicle makes the driver more relaxed and more hygienic since there is less pedaling, and thus, less sweat for the drivers. Plus, it comes with mini bin for little garbage.

As part of the package, the SLP participants were given t-shirts and headgears for their uniform to create identity for the association. Lectures about personal hygiene and orientation on traffic rules and regulations were also discussed to the participants by the Argao officials before the turn over ceremony.

“I am extremely happy that the association already received the 24 units of ESikad,” said Mrs. Patindol.

Mayor Stanley S. Caminero reminded the beneficiaries to take care of the units, to be respectful to passengers and to maintain proper hygiene. He also thanked the DSWD for this opportunity being given to his fellow Argaoanons.

With ESikad and a better outlook in life, these beneficiaries could not only help boost the tourism industry in Argao but most importantly, improve their economic conditions and have a better life. ###


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