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Maningcao SLPA: ‘Faith is the key’

“FAITH” is the word that has kept the 50 members of the Maningcao Pantawid Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (MAPA SLPA) going despite the struggles and trials that they have encountered as they work hard to get their own livelihood project. The group is composed of 2 men and 48 women.

The members went through a lot of challenges before they have established their livelihood. They had to attend hearings to lobby to their officials and to convince them to provide for a lot where they could construct a building for their livelihood project.

The Maningcao Pantawid Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (MAPA SLPA) members from Brgy. Maningcao, Sibulan, Negros Oriental are united for the growth of their business.

Despite the resignation of the SLP Project Development Officer (PDO) who handled them, they remained hopeful and welcomed the new PDO, Murielle Lirazan. Together with Ms. Lirazan, the 50 members travelled to the municipality of Siaton which is five towns away from Sibulan. Riding a dump truck, they braved the heavy rains just to attend the pre-membership education seminar.

These were just some of the challenges they had hurdled. They persevered because they believed and hoped that there is better life ahead of them with their livelihood project. They believed that one day that their hard work will pay off.

And that one day did not take very long to arrive. The association was re-oriented by their new Project Development Officer (PDO) in February 2016. By December of the same year, they received the livelihood assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). In between those months were the struggles of the association to process their documents in order to avail of the Seed Capital Fund (SCF).

The association has decided to put up a General Merchandise Store. They said it is a project that not only the members of the association can benefit, but also the whole community in Maningcao, Sibulan. Also, some members of the association have basic knowledge in managing a store, because they have experienced putting up a small sari-sari store business in their own residences. They are confident that they can pull off this livelihood project.

Ang amoang na come up na project, mao gyud ni siyang tindahan. Tungod sa ka layo sa area sa amoang lungsod, amoang plite lang daan layo na kaayo mintras kung magtukod mig tindahan sa SLP dako na kaayog kahigayunan nga masulbad ang amoang panginahanglanon sa adlaw-adlaw (Ideas were collected from each member and were consolidated and used as basis for the group to put up a General Merchandise store. Since the main market is more than 42 kilometers away from our barangay, and instead of travelling far and paying the fare of around P100.00, it was better to have the store in our own barangay and help our community with everyone’s daily needs),” expressed Lenie Taghap, president of MAPA SLPA.

Today, this DSWD-funded 4M’s General Merhandise MAPA SLPA is the biggest store in barangay Maningcao.

The association members have also undergone several trainings, such as basic accounting and retail trading and store management, for them to gain more knowledge on how to run a business. The SLPA president and treasurer also attended the basic law on operating a business conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Tinuod jud diay ni, wala’y komedya (This is not a joke, it’s now for real),” expressed Lenie, when they received their grant from DSWD-SLP.

Lenie narrated that whenever a visitor drops by the elementary school, which is a stone throw away from their General Merchandise, most would be surprised that there is an SLP livelihood project in their area. The association members stand proud as visitors appreciate their livelihood project.

Wala mi ga-expect sa among kaugalingon na kanang nakita namo karon pwde diay namo na mabuhat (We did not expect that everything we see here right now is all because of our own hard work),” she added.

As an association, Lenie said that the main ingredients for their thriving livelihood project are unity and cooperation among the members.  According to her, she is glad that the members of the association are enthusiastic and cooperative. It is rare for them to disagree, especially on important matters. However, whenever they have conflicts within the association, they see to it that they resolve it in their monthly meetings. They also have a clear delegation of tasks among the members. They know what their obligations and responsibilities are to their project.

From being an ordinary citizen, to becoming a member of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), they are now members of a Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA). Since then, a lot of positive changes of the members have been observed. Now, the members can speak their minds well and can articulate their basic rights. They also know the processes of getting their permits and licenses, and they know who and what to tap for help for the operation of their business. The MAPA SLPA has been recognized as a Model SLPA to other organized and unorganized Pantawid Groups.

The association has planned to expand their business with an eatery/carenderia because of their proximity to schools and other government offices. They, too, targeted to tie-up with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) and other local offices for catering services and hopefully to join in the procurement of supplementary feeding as they are now accredited by the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS).

Indeed, no one can measure the success of what one’s faith can bring. Paired with hard work and teamwork in achieving their goal, the MAPA SLPA has tasted the success of their livelihood. Keeping these values alive as they dream and venture through new endeavors, undoubtedly, this association is heading towards a brighter future. ###


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Siquijor 4Ps beneficiaries engage in ‘Kwarta sa Basura’ project

Siquijor Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries have their own trash to cash project.

Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries listen intently to the training’s resource person during the FDS.

A joint effort of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Siquijor and Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA), the “Kwarta sa Basura” project aims to increase income of the partner-beneficiaries in Barangay Caticugan and Dumanhog.

Dili lang sa economic aspect kini makatabang sa among mga benepisyaryo, paagi usab kini sa pag-minos sa problema sa basura aron mapreserbar ang atong kalikopan (This project would not only help us beneficiaries economically, but also helps address in the reduction of trash which eventually help in the preservation of our environment),” said Cheryl Jumamil, a Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiary from Brgy. Caticugan.

The Municipality of Siquijor is the only town in the province that implements the sanitary landfill to reduce solid waste disposal.

The town step up in their effort to preserve the environment with the help of JICA.

Ayaka Ishikawa, a Japanese volunteer from JICA, discussed about proper solid waste management through the Family Development Session (FDS) to educate the beneficiaries on the proper waste disposal and segregation.

She also provided a simple training to upcycle the solid waste and turn it into a usable material.

Dako gyud ang ikatabang niining training sa pag-gama og pitaka gamit ang materyales gikan sa basura ilabi na kay ako ra ang nangita sa pagkakaron kay naparalyze man ang akong bana niadtong 2016 (This training on wallet made of trash materials helps us a lot since I am the only one earns for a living since my husband has been paralyzed since 2016),” Cheryl said.

Cheryl revealed that she was able to initially earn Php 20,000.00 out from selling wallets.

Through the SLP’s Cash for Building Livelihood Asset for Communal Garden, Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries constructed their own Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in order to collect garbage and other residual wastes within their community.

Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries apply what they have learned during their training.

The purpose of this collection is not to send the solid waste to the sanitary landfill but for upcycling.

Reusable materials like plastic bottles and cellophanes are turned into usable materials like wallets, bags, decorations like flower lanterns, rugs among others.

In fact, they were able to sell flower lanterns made of a 1.5-liter soft drink plastic bottles.

Currently, the LGU is procuring the construction materials to build a facility for them to store their products and the DSWD will also provide other necessary equipment. ###


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Pantawid Pamilya mother wins cooking show, featured in TV commercial

Epifania Lambo sells her cassava roll or pichi-pichi during the Sustainable Livelihood Program trade fair and exhibit at DSWD FO VII grounds as part of the celebration of DSWD's 65th Anniversary..

Epifania Lambo sells her cassava roll or pichi-pichi during the Sustainable Livelihood Program trade fair and exhibit at
DSWD FO VII grounds as part of the celebration of DSWD’s 65th Anniversary..

“When I cook, I cook with love and I cook for love,” said Epifania Lambo, 36, of Barangay Opao, Mandaue City, Cebu who won the Eden Cheese cooking competition last December 2015 in Metro Manila that also made her land a commercial contract with Eden Cheese.

Follow this link to view Epifania’s TV commercial

Lambo narrated that middle last year Eden Cheese had a barangay cooking challenge in their area..

When they heard about it, her sister encouraged her to join since they have been using cheese as an ingredient in making cassava roll or pichi-pichi, which is among the best sellers in their small business.

But during the actual contest it was announced that they will be cooking a main dish and not a dessert so Lambo decided to cook chicken drumstick instead.

Of the three presentors during the barangay elimination, Lambo topped the competition that earned her a spot in the national tilt where she eventually won P100,000 cash prize.

Aside from the cash prize, Lambo would also receive P60,000 as her talent fee for the TV commercial.

“Most of my winning money was put into savings for my children’s future,” she said.

Lambo is a solo parent for 14 years now and is struggling to raise her three children Althreu, Gerard and Prince.

The mother of three juggles her time between cooking and taking care of her children.

Her son Gerard, 12, is a Pantawid Pamilya monitored child.

“The financial help I received from Pantawid Pamilya aids me in our daily finances, especially that I’m a solo parent,” Epifania shared.

She added that the Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) financial assistance worth P10,000 she received from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has also helped improve her small business.

SEA-K is now under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD. SLP is a community-based capacity building program which equips participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.

Lambo is optimistic that all her children will have a better life. ###


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Painter gets aid from DSWD

Arnel Salvacion, 40, used to work in a construction company away from his family but when he became a partner-beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) he now focuses on his craft as a painter and now spends more time with his wife and children.

Arnel Salvacion shows his painting during the recent Media Tour and Learning Visit In Tuburan, Cebu.

Arnel Salvacion shows his painting during the recent Media Tour and Learning Visit In Tuburan, Cebu.

Salvacion, a father of six shared that he now earns a living by selling his art works while his wife Berlina helps him through hog raising. He earns P5,000 a month during low season and it could go up to P20,000 when there are bulk orders.

Arnel also accepts painting jobs like murals and summer camp trainings.

The family used to live in a shanty but has now moved into a more decent house in Barangay Colonia, Tuburan, Cebu.

Three of his children are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya, the conditional cash transfer of the Philippine government that invests in the health and education of poor households.

The program provides P500 (high school) and P300 (elementary) per month as education grant. Another P500 is given every month provided that a grantee attends the monthly Family Development Session and goes to health center.

“Daku akong pasalamat nga naapil me sa Pantawid Pamilya ug SLP kay natabangan me sa pagpa-eskuwela sa mga anak ug natagaan pud me ug puhonan para makapalit ug mga gamit para sa akong mga paintings. Akong asawa kay natagaan pud ug puhonan para sa pagpamuhi ug baboy. (I’m very thankful that we were included in Pantawid Pamilya and SLP because it helped us in sending our children to school and provided us capital for my paintings and my wife’s hog raising).”

Arnel also disclosed that Armando, his eldest has availed of the SLP skills training in welding worth P20, 000. He recently finished the short term course and is now completing his documents for possible employment opportunities.

The Salvacion’s are among the 1,450 beneficiaries who availed themselves of the SLP this year in Central Visayas. He was among the 30 concessionaires who showcased their products during PaskuJuan last November 29 at White Gold Club, Cebu.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants or the beneficiaries. It is implemented through two tracks: Micro-enterprise Development and Employment Facilitation.

The Micro-enterprise Development track supports micro-enterprises in becoming organizationally and economically viable, whereas the Employment Facilitation track assists participants to access appropriate employment opportunities.

Arnel Salvacion answers interview from the media during PaskuJuan last November 29, 2015.

Arnel Salvacion answers interview from the media during PaskuJuan last November 29, 2015.

Both tracks are executed based on the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, which equips program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.

From January 2011 to October 2015, SLP served a total of 851,505 families wherein 87 percent or 740,665 are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and 13 percent or 110,840 are non-Pantawid Pamilya assessed as poor through the Listahanan or data base of poor families. ###


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Roble family moves out of the dumpsite to a decent subdivision

From the dumpsite in Barangay Inayawan in Cebu City, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program partner-beneficiary Rutshe Roble and her family now live in a decent subdivision in Brgy. Dumlog, Talisay City.

Puro mga dato among mga silingan. Wala sila kabalo na gikan mi sa basura (My neighbors are all rich. They don’t know we came from a dumpsite),” revealed Rutshe.

She added that there is almost nothing inside their house because they can’t afford yet to buy appliances at this point in their life.

Rutshe recalled that before Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, they could barely eat three times a day, but with the program, her seven children now eat three meals a day.

In 2010, Roble received a cash grant for her two children. When the program expanded the age coverage to18, three of Rutshe’s children are now covered by Pantawid Pamilya.  Two are in high school and one in elementary. The total cash grant she is receiving now is Php3,600 every month.

“Dako kaayo ko’g pasalamat sa cash grant sa Pantawid ug sa Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) para sa puhunan kay nakasugod mi ug negosyo (I am really thankful to the cash grant of Pantawid and capital from SLP that helped us start a business),” Roble said.

Rutsche shows her beautifully handmade bags and accessories.

Rutsche shows her beautifully handmade bags and accessories.

Through these two programs implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Roble family is now engaged in bags and accessories making, which help the family a lot especially in sending all the seven children to school.

Rutshe learned the skills in bags and accessories making from her mother, which she also passed on to her children.

“Mao gyud ni akong nakita na pamaagi kay akong manghod nakabalay ug nakapalit ug yuta tungod ani (This is the best way I can earn money because my younger sister was able to buy a house and lot because of this [business]),” she added.

Rutshe revealed that DSWD Field Office VII is also helping her earn extra income and promote her products by tapping her as a livelihood trainer and by inviting her to display her products along with other beneficiaries at the venue whenever the DSWD Field Office VII has seminars or functions.

Rutshe is happy that she has already returned last February the capital seed fund given to them by the DSWD.

As of now, the Roble family is facing the challenge of paying the monthly down payment of Php10,000 for six months. After which, they will be paying Php 1,000 per month for 20 years.

Rutshe and her children continue to make bags and accessories in their new home.  She said the family needs to strive hard especially now that they acquire a better home for them to live in.  Even her eldest child, who is now employed, shares for the amortization.

“Dako kaayo ko’g pasalamat sa akong kinamaguwangang anak kay buotan kaayo siya og motabang gyud namo labi na karong nagtrabaho na siya (I am really thankful to my [eldest] daughter for being so good and helpful to us especially now that she is working),” Roble said.

Rutshe’s eldest child Rare told her that she will ask her father to stop as a construction worker during daytime when she gets hired and let him continue his evening job as a security guard.

Lucero, Rutshe’s husband has stopped working in the construction to take charge of the household chores during daytime while Rutshe takes charge of the business.  In the evening, Lucero still works as security guard.

“Dili nako ikaulaw na Pantawid benipisyari mi ug gikan mi ug dumping kay naa na man mi ikapakita ug kung magkugi lang ka makab-ot nimu imung mga pangandoy alang sa imung pamilya. kay gitudloan kami unsaon nga mahimong maayong ginikanan sa among mga anak (I am not ashamed that we are from a dumping [site] since we have something to prove already and if you just strive hard you will surely achieve your dreams for your family),” Rutshe said.

“Ang Pantawid Pamilya naghatag namo sa kadasig sa pagpaningkamot tungod kay gawas sa kwarta nga giabag kanamo, aduna usab mga seminar aron mahimo kaming mga maayong ginikanan sa among mga anak lakip na niini kung unsaon pa nga makakuha kami og maayong panginabuhian (The Pantawid Pamilya has encouraged us to strive hard because aside from the cash grant, there are seminars that taught us to become responsible parents to our children including how to access livelihood opportunities),” Rutshe declared.

The presence of Roble family has started gaining recognition that in some occasions they were already invited to teach craft-making in the new neighbourhood. ###


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CSO’s DSWD 7 strengthens partnership

Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Cebu together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII recently conducted an event dubbed as “Voice of the People” to strengthen its partnership especially in implementing core poverty alleviation programs.

The event took place at Emma Hall of Cebu Normal University where active CSOs like Primary structures Educational Foundation Inc., Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE), Paglaum Training International (PTI) and Lamac Multi-purpose Cooperative joined the activity.

Dako kaayo ang involvement sa atong mga CSO partners on capability building sa mga partner beneficiaries. Ang DSWD giya lang. Usa kami sa mga National Agencies nga mohatag og programs and services apan dili namo mapalambo ang among mga programa kung wala kitang tanan, ga-convergence (Our CSO partners play a big role in capability building of partner beneficiaries. We, in DSWD serves as guide. We are one of the national agencies that provide programs and services and we need convergence to improve the delivery of these programs)” said DSWD-7 regional director Mercedita P. Jabagat in her opening message.

The CSO’s on their part thanked DSWD for the partnership.

“We thanked DSWD headed by Secretary Soliman and the Aquino Administration for supporting our consequence to the grass roots level in terms of livelihood.” said Dr. Bonifacio, Mercado Jr., Industry Linkage and community relations manager of CITE.

“We thanked DSWD headed by Secretary Soliman and the Aquino Administration for supporting our consequence to the grass roots level in terms of livelihood.” said Dr. Bonifacio, Mercado Jr., Industry Linkage and community relations manager of CITE.

Mercado added that CITE has two programs, the 3-year Industrial technician program which focuses on the electromechanical technology and the Industry skills training program.

Ms. Paulette D. Liu, Chief Operating Officer of Primary Structures Educational Foundation Inc. disclosed that they have an on-going partnership with DSWD-7 through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) that is expected to cover some 300 partner-beneficiaries.

 Primary Structures offers skills training in carpentry, masonry, reinforced steel bar installation, household services and housekeeping.

Moreover, Janice Ubaldo, job readiness manager of PTI shared that they provide scholarships and skills enhancement trainings to DSWD beneficiaries.

“It is our vision to help facilitate and process economic, social and spiritual reconciliation for under resource individuals in Metro Cebu”, Ubaldo said.

Partner beneficiaries also joined the event and shared their stories of positive change.

Nagpasalamat ko sa DSWD labi na sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program og Sustainable Livelihood Program tungod kay dako ni nga kahigayunan nga maka usab sa among kinabuhi (I thanked DSWD especially the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program because these programs will surely help improve our lives,” shared by Selvistre Basera.

Basera is among the 250 partner-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and SLP who enrolled in CITE. He took up production technology and presently having his On-the-Job training at Lear Corporation.


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Single and ready to mingle

Marife attending a costumer inside her parlor which is just also inside her house in barangay Alaska-Mambaling, Cebu City.

Marife attending a costumer inside her parlor which is just also inside her house in barangay Alaska-Mambaling, Cebu City.

After her husband left her for another woman, Marife Bardillas, 42, considers herself as “single and ready to mingle”. “Yes, I am a single parent and am ready to mingle all sorts of work to raise my children and continue sending them to school despite my current situation.”

“Life became harder when my husband left, especially in terms of finances because my children are still studying and I have no one else to rely on except myself,” she recalled.

Marife, a mother of seven is a Pantawid Pamilya grantee since 2008; she was among the first batch of beneficiaries in Cebu City.

Her enrolment in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a conditional cash transfer program of the Philippine government that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0 to 18 did not only helped her from sending the children to school but has also introduced her to Family Development Sessions (FDS), livelihood trainings and financing through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

“The cash grants from Pantawid Pamilya have greatly helped me and the kids to survive especially during the trying times,” Marife shared.

Marife (left) together with her friend Rutshe during their recent TV guesting. The two are beneficiaries of DSWD's Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Marife (left) together with her friend Rutshe during their recent TV guesting. The two are beneficiaries of DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program.

She added that her regular attendance in the Family Development Sessions (FDS) have also helped her cope up with her present situation.

FDS serves as a venue where topics on effective parenting, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development and home management are discussed. Through the FDS, parents are also informed of their rights as individuals as well as the obligations that they need to fulfil not only as husband and wife but also as parents, and community members.

In 2011, Marife together with 19 other Pantawid Pamilya grantees of Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City were grouped together and became beneficiaries of SLP.

SLP is a program of DSWD that aims to build the capacity of identified beneficiaries to engage in micro-enterprise activities or to benefit to employment facilitation and enable them to earn additional income for their families.
Marife ventured into opening a beauty parlor and fashion accessories production in her own household with an initial fund of P7,000 as a seed capital from the SLP.

She decided to venture in the said businesses because she already learned cosmetology while in high school and used to work as a sample maker at Myrock Alcon Export, a fashion accessories exporter.

Given her skills, talent and hard work, Marife is doing well in her business and now earns P500 to P800 a day for her salon services. She does nail art, manicure, pedicure, make-up and hair rebonding. Her fashion accessories production could also earn P3, 000 to P5, 000 if there are bulk orders or when there are DSWD events where she together with other grantees are invited to display and sell their products.

However, Marife admitted that her current income is still not enough because the needs of her children are also increasing that is why she is doubling her efforts for them.

Aside from her children, Marife is taking care of her three other siblings after her father suffered mild stroke last year.

“I never lose hope that someday life will be better for us, and it will be,” she claimed.

Two of her children are currently enrolled in vocational courses with the aid of SLP. Another child is also enrolled at the University of the Visayas taking up Marine Engineering.

Carla, 14, Cindy, 12 and Clarence, 10 are all Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Marife hopes that the program will continue because she still needs the grant to sustain their day to day life. ###


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DSWD-7 opens PaskuJuan this Sunday, launches Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago social media accounts

CEBU CITY,CEBU- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will hold for the first time the ‘PaskuJuan: Salu-Salo sa Pagbabago’ festival and bazaar where Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries will showcase and sell their products this November 30, (Sunday) at White Gold Club, North Reclamation Area.

This whole day simultaneous event will be highlighted by a bazaar showcasing the products crafted by beneficiaries of SLP and other centers and institutions of the Department. There will also be a Christmas Show featuring DSWD beneficiaries, and the center-based children’s choirs.

Over 30 concessionaires are expected to showcase different merchandise and food items this Sunday perfect for gifts and orders this Yuletide season.

The agency will also host livelihood demonstration presentations, which are open to the public. “This is still part of the livelihood initiatives under the SLP which empowers poor families by equipping them with livelihood skills to achieve self-sufficiency,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

 The DSWD, through the SLP, provides livelihood skills training and capital to empower and help improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries. This is also the Department’s response to the public’s call to “teach them to fish rather than just providing the fish.” “We encourage the public to do your Christmas shopping in the Bazaar. By patronizing their products, you will be helping our beneficiaries move closer to their dreams of achieving self-sufficiency,” Sec. Soliman added.

The SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants. It is implemented through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, which engages program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by making use of available resources and accessible markets. The program aims to enable the beneficiaries to manage sustainable micro-enterprises or link them to locally available jobs that will enhance their access to basic social services and improve their standard of living.

On the same occasion, the Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago official social media accounts will be launched to gather and share stories of positive change from the beneficiaries, workers, partners, and even the public.

The ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ is an information and empowerment campaign that aims to communicate the change (pagbabago) the Department’s beneficiaries experience through its programs and services, particularly the Pantawid Pamilya.

Anecdotes, statements, blogs, videos and photos that reflect the positive changes brought about by Pantawid Pamilya in the lives of the beneficiaries can be shared and found at the Facebook page fb.com/KayaKoPH and the Twitter account @KayaKoPH.

Partners and stakeholders can also share their thoughts and experiences in implementing the program.

“What we usually hear about the program are criticisms of from people who really do not know much about how it works. With this campaign, we hope to bring out the benefits of the program, as manifested by these stories of pagbabago. We want to amplify the voices of our beneficiaries, our partners, and our workers,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

The Pantawid Pamilya, the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), is a human development program that invests in the health and education of children aged 0-18.

It utilizes the CCT scheme where the beneficiaries receive cash grant provided that they send their children to school, get preventive health check-up, and the parents attend the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).

The FDS is a unique component of the Pantawid Pamilya. Through it, parents and or guardians learn how to respect and care for each of the members of their family. Topics discussed include effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development, and home management.

Through the FDS, parents are empowered and informed of their rights as individuals as well as their obligations that they need to fulfil not only as husband and wife but also as parents.

“We hope that with the launching of these social media accounts, the public will be able to understand and appreciate the program better,” Sec. Soliman stated. ###


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