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Hard work breeds better life

Like any other young people who are aiming to have a stable job despite having no degree, Kervin Dominise never stopped searching for one until he got a permanent work.

Kervin, 21, did not have an easy life growing up in Panaguikan, Dalaguete, Cebu.

Kervin Dominise, one of the DSWD SLP participants in call center skills training now poses with confidence and pride.

“Growing up the son of a fisherman and a housemaid with five other siblings, I learn many things. Most importantly, I learn the value of hard work,” says Kervin.

Kervin’s siblings are Katrina, 25, married; Kristine Joy, 23; Junel, 19, grade 12 level; Maria Althea, 12, grade 6; and Alexsam, 6, grade 1. His sisters Katrina and Kristine Joy have no stable jobs.

At an early age, Kervin saw how his parents Samuel, 50 and Nelisa, 41 strove to provide food on the table. After he graduated from high school at the age of 16, he went to Manila and worked as a helper to his relatives for ten months. Then, he came back to Cebu and for four years he helped his father catch tuna to earn a living.

Then, Kervin’s parents got sick.  After 30 years of surviving the rigors of catching fish for a living, Samuel retired as fisherman due to health issues. Nelisa halted being a housemaid for 20 years because she also got sick.

Although Samuel has retired from being a fisherman, he is now into fishnet making. He earns an income of at least Php 3000-Php4000 monthly out from it. But this is not enough to feed the family.

This prompted Kervin to find another job that could help them earn additional income and he ended up a jeepney conductor in Cebu City for four months. He hurdled all the hardships just to meet the family’s needs but still, it was not enough for them.

In December 2016, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) provided a Call Center Skills Training to the qualified SLP participants. The short course took almost two months and ended in January 2017.

Holding on to his dreams and plans for his family, Kervin never had a second thought in joining the training and grabbing this opportunity.  The skills training provided by DSWD through the Call Center Training Academy in Cebu City.

“Dili gyud diay babag ang imong educational background as long as naa kay tinguha nga mokat-on ug mokab-ot sa imong pangandoy (Our educational background is not a hindrance if you desire to learn and achieve your dreams),” Kervin said.

After the training, the SLP provided Php 5000 to the participants including Kervin to help them in terms of complying with all the requirements for their employment.

Knowing the high demand for BPO work, Kervin immediately applied to various Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies in Cebu City. For two months, he applied around six companies and nothing good happened. Kervin became hopeless that time since his allowance from the DSWD SLP could no longer suffice his needs while looking for a job.

He went home to Dalaguete, made fishnets, sold them and earned money. After almost a month after he got enough money to support his job search in the city.

“Nagkugi ug nisalig ra gyud ko nga maka trabaho ko (I worked hard and I believed that I would eventually find the right job),” Kervin said.
After a couple of failures and rejections, the determined Kervin applied again in Qualfon Company. Kervin got hired as a Customer Service Representative. He is now a regular employee for almost 1 year now. He receives Php 15,000.00 monthly income with SSS, Philhealth, Pag-ibig, Health Insurance and other benefits that the company provides for its workers.

“Sigurado, naa ko sa among dapit karon nangisda, o dili ba kaha nag sideline kog pangunduktor kung wala pako naka-apil sa Call Center Skills Training sa Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) sa DSWD (If it had not been for the Call Center Skills Training of the Sustainable Livelihood Program, I would have continued working as a fisherman or a jeepney conductor),” he expressed.

Kervin stands as the bread winner of the family. He never forgets to send part of his salaray to his family in Dalaguete, Cebu especially for his siblings’ educational expenses.

Learning the value of hard work helped Kervin persevered life’s difficulties and challenges. Indeed, his hard work breeds better benefits for his family. ###


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Caliongan SLPA produces preservatives-free squash-malunggay noodles

Dalaguete, Cebu is dubbed as the “Vegetable Basket of the South.” It has 33 barangays including barangay Caliongan. These barangays are mostly situated in upland areas, of which, farming and planting various vegetables are the means of livelihood.

In 2011, the Dalaguete Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) formulated a women’s association in the barangay Caliongan named, Caliongan Skilled Women Association (CASWA). The association consist of 28 female members. Most of them are farmers earning below minimum wage.  This seasonal livelihood and other irregular labor work does not guarantee enough income for their day-to-day needs.

Where cohesiveness brings joy. The members of the Caliongan Skilled Women Association (CASWA) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of Dalaguete Cebu gladly shows its finished products, healthy and no preservatives squash noodles with malunggay.

Since the viability of the vegetable products are high, the MSWDO headed by Ms. Evelyn Sarmago in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), trained these members on vegetable processing especially squash noodles with malunggay making together with other participants from other barangays like Mantalongon to help and augment the families’ financial state.

Along the days of the training, the CASWA members have gone several challenges, financial or personal matter. Also, the group does not have enough equipment to use in making the squash noodles with malunggay, which delays their production. These made them more determined and optimistic to get involve in the offered trainings, orientations and seminars initiated by the local government unit and DOST, to be active of their venture and to continue their goal of having a business.

In December 2014, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Implementing Project Development Officer (IPDO), Ms. Merlita L. Faburada made an assessment and validation as to the qualification of the CASWA to receive the department’s livelihood assistance based on the SLP implementing guidelines.

Fortunately, the CASWA SLP qualified for the assistance and received the amount of Php 279,655.00 charged to the Seed Capital Fund (SCF) from the DSWD SLP and Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB). On the other hand, the LGU released the amount of Php 35,294.00 as the counterpart to the association.

In July 2015, the association got their dream machine and other equipment for the squash noodles with malunggay production. The DSWD-SLP continued the skills training on vegetable processing, technical support for vegetables noodles production and squash noodles training with packaging and labelling through the DOST.

After the project implementation, the CASWA SLP can now produce around 2,800 packs of noodles monthly depending on demand. Each pack consists of 50 grams which only costs Php 5.00. The association is DOLE registered and recognized in their municipality as the Most Active Livelihood Association. Its primary market is the Supplementary Feeding Program implemented by Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) and its neighboring barangays.

The SLPA’s average monthly net income is Php 5,000, which increases during trade fairs. The shares that members get depend on their participation. Additional income is about Php 3,000 for each active member per year.

The group received logistical support from their barangay local government unit, and provided them a building for noodle production. The MSWDO also conducts monitoring initiatives and coordinates with partners, like DOST, for technical assistance to improve production practices.

One of the good practices they established as a group is cohesiveness. To generate more income, the members decided to contribute at least Php 500.00 each for their sinking fund and another Php 10.00 weekly contribution for the group’s immediate expenses like fare for the members in need and snacks during their weekly meeting.

They are also active in community services like clean-up drive in the barangay and the Alay Linis Nationwide, facilitate the decoration materials during the barangay fiesta and service to the feeding program to the kinder and elementary pupils.

Also, the CASWA SLP exercises their anniversary celebration every December as a way to remind each member the essence of solidarity in the group.

The health benefits of their products gained popularity among other MSWDOs, who requested CASWA to supply nutritious noodles for their day care centers. This enabled the CASWA members to expand their market to neighboring municipalities.

Esmeralda Borla, SLPA president was able to invest in livestock as additional source of income from her savings. She said that her participation in the SLPA helps her provide for her family and support her children’s education. ###


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Bacong Sinamay Weavers: Earning through indulging into our rich Filipino Culture

Buntis Handloom Sinamay Weavers Association (BHSWA) is one of the four associations in Bacong that generates livelihood opportunities for its residents. Out of the four existing weaving centers, one of which is owned by the BHSWA located in Barangay Buntis, Bacong, Negros Oriental.

Cristita Yucor Popanes, the Buntis Handloom Sinamay Weavers Association Vice President diligently weaves sinamay cloth every day at their weaving center in order to produce various sinamay products.

Composed of 50 mixed men and women members, it was organized on May 6, 2015 through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program. The DSWD-SLP provided Skill Training on the production of high quality products made of abaca and the proper way of running the business in order to maintain their earnings. It also provided starter kits to equip and to provide necessary materials and equipment to the participants for Sinamay weaving.

Several members of the association are already expert weavers. But they need to organize themselves into an association because they wanted to unite as weavers of barangay Buntis and share their skills and knowledge on the craft to other program participants who are interested to engage in weaving.

Now, each member can produce 30-50 meters of Sinamay per month. They sell their Sinamay cloth at Php 150.00 per meter. The Php 85.00 goes to the participant for labor and Php 65.00 goes to the association. The income of the participants depend on their output. The more they produce sinamay, the more they will earn. The association usually gets to sell out their Sinamay cloth every two months.

Some of the members are not full time weavers. Some of them have other sources of income such as candle-making, livestock raising, fish vending and the like. In their spare time, they go to the weaving center to weave abaca. Weaving has become their practical use of leisure time because they have another option to spend their time on something where they can earn more on top of their usual income.

Like any other group, the BHSWA also faced some issues when it started as an association. Some members lack cooperation or participation in the association’s operation due to mismanagement of the officers. Presently, more members are participating in and cooperating with the activities of the association.

According to the president of BHSWA, Marilou V. Casiano, the key values of the association are patience and understanding. Patience applies both for weaving and for the members. She also emphasized the importance of understanding each other within the association because not everyone has the same attitude towards their fellow members. However, a person’s patience and understanding have limits. She says that when things/situations comes out of hand, the whole association will decide on what action to take through a meeting with the members.

The members also help each other especially to those who are still learning the craft on sinamay weaving. Expert weavers patiently teach and guide those who are new to weaving. To firmly inculcate to the members, the goal of the association, they posted its vision and mission inside their weaving center.

The abaca weaving industry in Bacong is well-supported by other agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) in order to strengthen the loom weaving industry as this will promote employment generation. The members of BHSWA are now more equipped with knowledge and skills through the several enhancement training conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry and Fiber Industry Development Authority.

In fact, the association members are now producing not just Sinamay cloth but also caps, bags, pouches, barong tagalog and sambra/kimona made out of abaca through the Product Development Trainings conducted by the DTI and FIDA. Their products are displayed in their weaving center.

The association has also participated in a few product displays in the province such as product display initiated by the province of Negros Oriental at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex at the product display during the Culmination of the Government Agencies’ Association of Negros Oriental (GAANO) Sportfest 2017 together with other SLP products from Negros Oriental. They also participated in the DSWD Region 7 Panaghiusa Festival 2017 in Ayala Center Cebu.

Despite the existence of four weaving centers in Bacong and other weaving centers in other parts of Negros Oriental, the demand for Sinamay is still high. Having this demand, the association plans to add five more handlooms which will be conveniently stationed in the house of five participants so that they will have more time to weave.

Moreover, the members of BHSWA are grateful for this livelihood project.

Para nako dako kaayo ni og gikatabang kay kung wala pud ni wala pud ko’y income kay naa rako sa balay. Bintaha nagud ning naa ning ingon ani nga programa nga 4Ps ug SLP kay mabuhi gyud mi (For me, this project is really a great help to me. Without this, I won’t have any income because I only stay at home. These programs, 4Ps and SLP help us with our livelihood.),” expressed Irish S. Villarmia, Treasurer of BHSWA. ###


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382 SLP participants receive the livelihood assistance

Some 382 participants of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) from Mandaue City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City and the municipality of Ginatilan recently received their Seed Capital Funds amounting to Php 3,229, 650.00.

Gratitude behind the smiles. They are the Kapunungan sa Nagkahiusang Kristohanong Kabos Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants in Laray, Mandaue City.

In Mandaue City, at least Four (4) SLP Associations namely Tingub Women’s Federation with 63 program participants, Kapunungan sa Nagkahiusang Kristohanong Kabos with 68 participants, Silhig Sa Paknaan Livelihood Association with 29 participants and the Canduman Kobe Housing SLPA with 20 participants, received a total of Php 1, 209,650.00 for their livelihood assistance.

The Tingub Women’s Federation, Kapunungan sa Nagkahiusang Kristohanong Kabos and the Canduman Kobe Housing SLPA will engage in rice and corn retailing business. The Silhig Sa Paknaan Livelihood Association will engage in broom fibers making.

The three (3) SLP Associations in Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City such as the Huyong-huyong Snack Vendors Association with 30 SLP participants, Mambaling Pagla-um II Sari-sari Retailer SLPA with 25 participants and Sitio Manga Small Business SLPA with 8 members also got their total livelihood assistance of Php 630,000.00 from the DSWD.

These 3 associations have established various enterprises like the bigasan, snack vending, sari-sari store and rice retailing that fit the demands in their areas.

Another three (3) SLP Associations in Lapu-Lapu City namely Basak Rope Makers Association with 33 members, KMKKS SLP Association with 41 members and the Caw-Oy Pantawid SLPA with 25 members eagerly accepted the same kind of assistance in the amount of Php 990,000.00.

The Basak Rope Makers Association will start a rope making business while the KMKKS SLP Association and the Caw-Oy Pantawid SLPA will open their sari-sari stores.

The Campisong Upland Farmers Livelihood Association with 40 members from the municipality of Ginatilan received Php 400,000.00 to start their rice retailing business.  ###


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More SLP participants receive livelihood assistance

Some 250 Sustainable Livelihood Program participants have been given the opportunity to manage their own enterprises.

DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre (center), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Regional Program Coordinator (RPC) Rizalina L. Patinol (first from left) and other DSWD staff pose for posterity right after the awarding of the SLP livelihood assistance to the program participants from the municipality of Malabuyoc.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) recently awarded around Php 3 Million livelihood assistance to the 11 SLP Associations in the province of Cebu. This livelihood assistance is in the form of Seed Capital Fund (SCF).

There are at least eight (8) SLPAs with 195 program participants from the municipality of Malabuyoc who received the livelihood assistance namely Tibalao Cerdeña SLPA, Poblacion Uno Riverside SLPA, Group Uno Malabuyoc SLPA, Brgy. Kawayanan Sto. Niño Malabuyoc SLPA, Cacao’s Group Malabuyoc SLPA, Lombo Women’s Malabuyoc SLPA, Daan Lungso Malabuyoc SLPA, Caluctugan Cerdeña SLPA.

In the municipality of Alegria, at least two (2) SLPAs with 37 participants were given the assistance, namely Libo Lepanto SLPA and St. Jude Legaspi SLPA.

Also 18 members from the Obo-ob Bantayan SLPA received the same assistance.

Most of the program participants have engaged into fish vending, bigasan, sari-sari store or general merchandize and other forms of retailing business.

As of this report, the DSWD’s SLP has already released Php 19,448,500.00 to some 1,656 program participants in 24 local government units of Central Visayas since January 2018. ###


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DSWD, DTI: Uplifting livelihood projects thru strong partnership

Eco Clouds and Buenas Raffias are the new rising loom weaving associations in the province of Bohol.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) open a livelihood opportunity to the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants in the municipality of Danao and Buenavista, Bohol.

The program participants receiving their loom weaving starter kits from the the DSWD and DTI in partnership with the municipality of Buenavista, Bohol. (From left) DSWD Asst. Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie Lucero, DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte, municipal staff (center) and the Buenas Raffias SLPA members.

A total of 600 program participants were given the chance to receive their loom weaving starter kits during the recent turn over ceremony in Brgy. Cabatuan, Danao and Brgy. Cambuhat, Buenavista in Bohol.

The loom weaving development program specifically in raffia yarn preparation and raffia weaving seeks to shift the economies of the communities with the desire to change their lives for the better at the same time aims to flourish the raffia industry of Danao and Buenavista.

The Danao Raffia Processor SLP Association also known as the Eco Clouds with 300 program participants received the 51 units of 2-harness upright metal reed handlooms, 249 sets of dyeing and raw material preparation paraphernalia which include plastic drums, plastic dipper, big steel kettle, knife, sharpening stone, weighing scale, glacial acetic acid, colored dye and steel comb.

These participants were from barangay Taming, Tabok, Sta. Fe, Magtangtang, Cabatuan and Hibale. All of them had undergone 19 various trainings in loom weaving including the Organizational, Productivity and Entrepreneurial trainings initiated by the DTI.

The Buenas Raffias SLP Association in the municipality of Buenavista with 300 program participants also received the 61 units of 2-harness upright metal reed handlooms 239 sets of dyeing and raw material preparation paraphernalia, the same with Danao starter kits.

These participants were from Barangay Panghagban, Cambuhat, Lapacan Norte, Lapacan Sur, Magkaya and Cantuba. The same with the participants from Danao, they also have undergone at least 20 various trainings.

Nalipay kaayo ko sa akong nakitang kalambuan. Tinood gyud na ang giingon nga ang pagpadagan sa usa ka proyekto kung adunay pagtinabangay matulin gyud (I am ecstatic about the the livelihood project in the municipality. Indeed, if there is unity, the project will be realized),” said Asteria Caberte, DTI 7 regional director.

Both municipalities have undertaken the Product Development and Label Assistance trainings, small business consultations, networking and resource mobilization and local study missions. They got their marketing support through trade fair participations.

The DSWD and DTI are in one goal of improving the socio-economic capacity of the participants through micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation activities. This endeavor is supported with the local government of Danao and Buenavista, Bohol.

Members of the Raffia Processor “Eco Clouds” SLP Association in Brgy. Cabatuan, Danao, Bohol.

Normal sa usa ka asosasyon nga adunay bingkil, apan nanghinaot mi nga dili ninyo usikan unsa ang gihatag sa DSWD ug DTI kaninyo aron kamo makabaton og kalampusan sa inyong umaabot nga negosyo (It is normal to encounter bickering in an association but we are hopeful that what the DSWD and DTI have given you will not be wasted for the success of your business),” said Shalaine Marie Lucero, DSWD 7 Asst. Regional Director for Operations (ARDO). ###


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DSWD releases seed capital fund to SLP participants

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) has continued releasing livelihood assistance to different associations in Central Visayas.

DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre (center), Bohol Gov. Edgardo M. Chatto, Ms. Papiasa Bustrillos award the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) seed capital fund to the SLP Association officers of Pamilacan I and Pamilacan II.

For the first two months of 2018, the DSWD 7 SLP has already released a total of Php 13,027,650.00 capital seed fund to these associations in 20 local government units namely Cebu City, Alcantara, Balamban, Barili, Borbon, Carcar, Compostela, Dalaguete, Malabuyoc, Mandaue, Oslob, Samboan, Santander, Sibonga, Tabogon, in Cebu; Bacong, Negros Oriental and Candijay, San Miguel, Trinidad, Lila, Baclayon in Bohol.

This livelihood assistance is under the Seed Capital Fund (SCF) of the program which aims to provide additional financial support to the program participants for the augmentation of their livelihood income.

The Local Government Units (LGUs) initially organized and identified the potential SLP participants to receive the livelihood assistance while the DSWD SLP thru the field Project Development Officers (PDOs) conducts the final assessment and validation as to the qualified program participants who can avail of the assistance.

“In the validation, the PDOs make sure that the qualified participants for the livelihood assistance are members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), those who belong to the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), and those who are poor but not Pantawid beneficiaries and not included in the Listahanan who would want to avail of the assistance as long as they passed the Means Test (an assessment tool used by the Listahanan to verify the qualified beneficiaries),” said Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, Regional Director of DSWD Central Visayas.

She explained that Listahanan is a DSWD information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the community.

The seed capital fund is not automatically given to the participants.  The participants and their proposals shall undergo assessment and the associations are accredited by DSWD,” underscored Director Macapobre.

Moreover, Director Macapobre stressed that as implementer, the DSWD, like any other government agencies implementing a program, has to carry out the program following its guidelines in coordination with the local government units.

“We have been implementing the SLP since 2011.  And this livelihood assistance from DSWD has been implemented in the entire country,” emphasized Macapobre.

In the implementation of this program, the DSWD 7 welcomes those who would want to know about Sustainable Livelihood Program.  All they have to do is visit the nearest local social welfare office and look for DSWD’s PDO. ###


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DSWD bolsters income of 49 beneficiaries by giving them one unit of Trisikad each

Naa nami’y amo’ng panginabuhian (We now have our own livelihood),” said Cheramie Landero, Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) President of Brgy. Cansojong, Talisay City, Cebu.

At least three (3) SLPAs were given livelihood assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Talisay City local government unit.

The turn over ceremony of “trisikad” to the program participants from Brgy. Tangke and Cansojong, Talisay City, Cebu, SLPA.

“The DSWD through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Micro-enterprise Development (MD) track, transferred Php 490,000.00 to Talisay City for the livelihood project of the SLP program participants in Barangay Cansojong and Barangay Tangke,” said Leo Canda, SLP Project Development Officer (PDO).

Before the turnover ceremony, some of the participants were only renting trisikad for Php 40 per day since this is their main source of income. Other members were fish vendors and some were job order personnel under the Talisay City Hall.

These participants wished to have “Trisikad” (pedicab) so they won’t rent anymore, and now, they already own one. “Makahatag gyud kini og dugang kita kanamo adlaw-adlaw (Truly, it will help us provide our daily income),” said Rosita Reyes, SLPA 1 President from Brgy. Tangke.

According to the City Social Welfare Development Officer (CSWDO) Felipa Solana, a total of 49 trisikad units were turned over to the 49 trisikad drivers. They also received an umbrella and two (2) pieces long sleeve uniform each as part of the starter kit. Thirty-eight (38) of them are from barangay Tangke and eleven (11) are from barangay Cansojong. Now, they are queued for registration under the Traffic Operation Development Authority (TODA) to get their plate number and ID as official trisikad drivers within Talisay City.

Dako kaayo among pasalamat sa DSWD SLP sa gihatag nila nga suporta sa mga katawhan sama kanamo nga nagkinahanglan og tabang ilabi na sa among panginabuhian (We thank the DSWD through the SLP because definitely it helps needy people like us who wish to have a sustainable livelihood),” said Cherry Obrero, SLPA 2 President from Brgy. Tangke.

Mayor Eduardo Gullas of Talisay City already instructed the trisikad drivers not to travel beyond the interior part of Talisay streets to avoid traffic. ###


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