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SLPAs, SLP skills training graduate produce washable face masks

Some Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations (SLPAs) and a graduate of SLP skills training who are both engaged in rag and dress making, temporarily shifted their business production to face masks making as a way of countering the shortage of face masks in Central Visayas due to Covid-19.

Some members of Kahugpungan Kababayenhang Loonanon (KKL) SLPA in Cogon Norte, Loon, Bohol are busy sewing face masks made of cloth.

On March 20, 2020, Assistant Regional Director for Operations (ARDO) Shalaine Marie S. Lucero asked the SLP Regional Program Coodinator (RPC) Rizalina T. Patindol if the SLP beneficiaries could possibly sew improvised face masks to cater its local demand. Patindol immediately coordinated with the Project Development Officers (PDOs) in the region to point out possible SLPAs who can do such.

Among the SLPAs identified include the Sam-Ang Pantawid SLA in Toledo City; Katawhang Madasigon Sa Brgy Matutinaw SLPA in Badian, Cebu; Kahugpungan Kababayenhang Loonanon (KKL) in Cogon Norte, Loon, Bohol; Damarba SLPA in Basay Negros Oriental and Analyn Lucion  in Argao, Cebu.

More than 6,000.00 pieces of washable and reusable face masks with price ranging from Php 20.00 to Php 30.00 were already produced and delivered to the different buyers in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental as of March 25, 2020.

According to Patindol, “The skills of the members are maximized despite the pandemic that we have encountered now. We always think positive and always welcome other opportunities that would come their way as long as it is safe and legal because it is also their social responsibility to help the community and people as well, especially in time of crisis.”

Patindol also added that the production of face masks is an alternative solution to earn an income while their projects are still affected by the Covid19 outbreak.

Cebu Program Coordinator Ma. Giovanna Roselyn Vistal revealed that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 7 was the first one which ordered face masks to the Sam-ang Pantawid SLA. After which, many government agencies and non-government organizations, including resellers have already started ordering upon knowing about this information.

Some of the noted buyers are the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, DSWD Field Office VII, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Oriental, some Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs) in Toledo City and Loon, Bohol.

Meanwhile, Bohol Program Coordinator Jimmy Crusio said the local government unit (LGU) of Tagbilaran City, Bohol already tapped the Kahugpungan Kababayenhang Loonanon (KKL) to produce 25,000.00 pcs of face masks, which will be distributed to the LGU personnel.

The SLPAs are supported by the DSWD through provision of seed capital fund to start their livelihood projects. ###


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Empowering Community: The female role model association in Negros Oriental

Negros Oriental used to be one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines according to the 2015 report from the Philippine Statistics Authority with poverty incidence rate of 38.7%. After 3 years, it went down to 26%, which according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-7 Regional Director Efren Carreon in an article published on September 27, 2019 by the Philippine Information Agency shows many households have gotten out of poverty, which means something good is happening.

Two SLPA members are conducting immunization of their piglets.

This positive change somehow shows that the programs and projects initiated by different concerned government and non-government agencies have contributed in the reduction of poverty incidence in the province. One of which, is the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The DSWD through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) facilitated the creation of different SLP associations and has provided a seed capital fund to start their proposed livelihood projects. One of the associations organized is the BADC Candugay Pantawid Sustainable Livelihood Project Association in Barangay Casalaan, Siaton Negros Oriental.

With 57 women members, the association was granted a maximum amount of Php 456,000.00 and has started the operation of its Hog Raising Production on July 22, 2016. Before the implementation, all the members went through different trainings facilitated by partner stakeholders, such as the Ayungon Trading, PILMICO, BMEG, Unifeeds, Municipal Agriculture Office, and the Community Driven Enterprise Development (CDED).

Aside from their main livelihood activity, the association integrates vegetable farming using the Natural Farming System in their farm. From year 2016 to the 2nd quarter of 2019, the SLPA has gained an average quarterly income ranging from Php 50,000.00 to Php 100,000.00. Each member received Php 1,200.00 up to Php 1,800.00 depending on the number of days in which a member is present during the operation cycle of their enterprise including in the vegetable production.

Due to the successful project operation, the members have decided to expand and replicate their vegetable farming in Candugay High School. The members have accepted the “Gulay Mo, Buhay Ko” project of the school in March 2018.

On July 22, 2019, the team conducted the ground breaking ceremony of the project after series of consultation meetings with DSWD’s Municipal Action Team (MAT) members, SLPA members, partner stakeholders, and the parent-teacher-students in Candugay High School. With the assistance from the Department of Agriculture who provided various vegetable seeds (ampalaya, tomato, string beans, bell pepper and okra), the team has inspired the people in Barangay Casalaan and nearby barangays to engage in farming more.

“Nagpasalamat mi kay nagamit ang bakante nga lote diri sa eskuylahan ug sa laing bahin na edukar pod ang mga estudyante kabahin sa benepisyo sa organic backyard gardening diin makakaon sila og presko ug sustansyado nga kan-onon (We are thankful because our vacant lot here in school is utilized and at the same time, the students already knew the benefits of organic backyard gardening wherein they can already eat fresh and nutritious food),” says Mrs. Prima Ebida, principal of Candugay High School.

The success of the project has inspired the members to join the Municipal Search for Garbo sa Kababayen-an and was fortunately declared winner. As award, they received Php 5,000.00 cash with trophy and was automatically included in the 2019 Provincial Search for Garbo sa Kababayen-an in Negros Oriental held last December 9, 2019 at the Robinsons Place, Dumaguete City. The association made it to the 2nd place and brought home a cash award amounting to Php 20,000.00 and a trophy.

According to SLPA Treasurer Luz Kadusale, “Dako gyud ang among kalipay kay narecognize me dili lang sa among Lungsod kundi sa amo pod nga probinsya kay napasundayag namo ang abilidad sa kababayen-an dili lang sa among tagsa-tagsa ka pamilya kundi sa komunidad na usab (We are overjoyed to be recognized not only in our town, but also in the province because we were able to showcase the ability of women not only in our individual families, but also in the community).” Kudusale is also thankful for the cash prize because it serves as an additional source to further develop their business.

Currently, the association is actively involved in the communal vegetable gardening project located in Candugay High School, Casalaan, Siaton. The members have agreed to temporarily stop the operation of their micro-enterprise in October 2019 due to African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak, which caused pork prices to fall. When asked about their project plans, the members said they will continue their original micro-enterprise once the hog industry will stabilize. They are also planning to invest the cash prize in “Garbo sa Kababayen-an” to a community sari-sari store. ###


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Empowering women through livestock raising

A group of Pantawid women has operated a livestock project, but can they sustain it? Some people said it will not last long because it is too risky.

This is a common misconception from people who believes women cannot manage a business involving animals. Some might agree, but it didn’t hinder for a group of women in Brgy. Ytaya, Lazi, Siquijor who ably manages their own livestock raising project.

SLPA member is feeding some of the association’s goats.

Who would expect that aside from gaining additional income, acquiring new knowledge and skills, and boosting once confidence in handling and managing a business, the association members would be able to open the minds of some residents about what women can do, which they thought impossible to happen?

“Wala magtoo ang kasilinganan nga makapatindog og proyekto ang mga kababayen-an kay matod pa, ang mga babaye mga arte sa trabahuon unya magsalig ra sa bana ilabi na sa mga binug-at nga buluhaton (The neighborhood couldn’t believe that women can carry out a [livestock] project because accordingly, women are picky and just rely on their husbands especially when it comes to heavy works),” says Ytaya Women Association President Virgie Sumalpong.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) provided a seed capital fund to the association amounting to Php 363,000.00. In preparation for the establishment of their proposed livelihood project, the 30 members have undergone Training on Poultry and Livestock Production and were able to secure National Certificates (NC II) from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

On June 4, 2019, the SLPA has started their project operation. Within six months of operation, the association has sold their goats and chickens and earned a total of Php 72,690.00. Too good enough for less than a year of operation.

But behind the success of the operation are struggles, which tested each member’s determination to continue the project. Pests and Newcastle disease attacked the livestock during the first month of the implementation. And the people expected their business to fail.

“Makadungog me nga dili daw kaabtan og tuig among negosyo nga manok tungod sa sakit na laway-laway (We can hear people telling us that our chicken will not even make it to a year because of Newcastle disease),” Sumalpong revealed. However, the members have persevered and thought of ways on how to recover from their losses. The members immediately coordinated with the Department of Agriculture and asked for assistance about the pest and chicken disease that affected the livestock. The agency immediately extended help in disinfecting the area and assisted the SLPA in the application of insurance for their livestock.

That certain experience has served as stepping stone in building the member’s confidence, especially when seeking assistance from different agencies.

“Dili name maulaw mo duol sa bisan unsa nga ahensya na makatabang namo ug aware na pod me kong unsa to nga mga ahensya ang pwede makatabang namo ilabi na kay puro me mga farmers ug naa sab kaugalingon buhi (We are no longer ashamed of asking help from any agencies. Also, we are already aware about the different possible agencies that could help us especially that we are farmers and we also raise our own domesticated animals),” she added.

Apart from the personal learning experience, the association was also able to help the community. Looking back, the residents have a hard time buying chickens and goats because of fewer people raising livestock in the area. Though available in some barangays within the municipality, but the price is expensive and the quality cannot be assured because some usually apply injections to animals.

Currently, the association’s project offers quality products with a reasonable price that consumers within the community could easily access because the project location is just along the highway. The association is also utilizing the goat manure and chicken dung as fertilizer in their garden for them to be able to produce organic vegetable and helps lessen the expenses of buying commercial fertilizers.

For now, the association is thankful about the struggles they have been through—from hearing negative judgments to encountering pests and harmful disease because it has motivated them to work harder to make their livelihood project successful and sustainable. It also proves how strong women are in times of difficulties. ###


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Fire victims receive Php 20,000 livelihood assistance from DSWD

Some 80 beneficiaries received Php 20,000.00 livelihood assistance each from the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). The 80 beneficiaries were from the 358 families who survived the fire that hit barangays Centro and Tabok, Mandaue City last February 17, 2020.

The DSWD-7 staff distribute the Php 20,000.00 cash assistance to the fire survivors in Barangay Tabok and Centro, Mandaue City.

All 80 beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the government for the livelihood assistance for them to start again their small businesses that were gutted by fire. Ms. Theresa Sabagala, project development officer of SLP reminded the beneficiaries of their accountability.

Mrs. Rizalina Patindol, regional program coordinator of SLP told the beneficiaries to spend the money for the purposes of rebuilding their livelihood.

Barangay Captain Dario S. Tarriman of Barangay Tabok, Mandaue City expressed his gratitude to DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program for giving the community a chance to stand again after the crisis. ###


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60 KAPATIRAN members receive 3 million livelihood grants

Some 60 members of the Kapatiran para sa Progresibong Panlipunan, Inc (KAPATIRAN) received a total of Php 3 million livelihood grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Kapatiran chairperson Veronica Tabara (8th from right) together with some members of KAPATIRAN receive the Php 3 million livelihood settlement grants allocated in the province.

“Dili nato makab-ot ang kalinaw pinaagi sa panagpatay. Dili nato makab-ot ang kalinaw pinaagi sa gyera. Makab-ot lamang nato ang kalinaw pinaagi sa pagtagad sa atoang mga katawhan aron atong ma win or matarog ang kasingkasing sa atong mga pinalanggang katawhan (We cannot achieve peace through killings. We cannot achieve peace through wars. We can only achieve peace by paying attention to our people so that we can win or captivate the hearts of our beloved people),” said the Provincial Governor of Negros Oriental Roel R. Degamo during the awarding of Livelihood Settlement Grants (LSG) to the Kapatiran members at the Municipal Gymnasium of Tanjay, Negros Oriental on December 9, 2019.

On 19 July 2019, the Philippine Government has executed the final step to the 2000 Peace Agreement with the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade-Tabara Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB/TPG), now registered as Kapatiran para sa Progresibong Panlipunan, Inc (KAPATIRAN) through signing of the Clarificatory Implementing Document (CID).

The CID lays down all the commitments of the Government to the Kapatiran, which is part of their effort to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace in the country. Among its commitments specified in the CID is the Social and Economic Reintegration of the Kapatiran members through provision of Livelihood Settlement Grants.

LSG is a financial assistance directly provided to each profiled member of Kapatiran to support the establishment or continuity of their livelihoods or economic activities in their communities. One of the areas covered by the grants is the Negros Oriental wherein 60 Kapatiran members received Php 50,000.00 each.

Kapatiran chairperson Veronica Tabara expressed her gratitude to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for pushing vital steps to accelerate the realization of their dreamed steps to achieve peace.

She also thanked DSWD for the financial and technical assistance provided in their proposed livelihood projects. According to her, “only a few of us know how to manage small amount of money and make it grow because back then, the Kapatiran was molded not for livelihood activities, but for armed conflict.”

DSWD Promotive Services Division Chief Ms. Aileen Cuevas, hopes that the cash assistance provided to start the livelihood projects of the beneficiaries will increase in the coming years.

We are hoping that this fifty thousand pesos will grow in your livelihood projects because this is not the kind of money or grant the government has provided for personal use. So let’s take good care of it because the government gave this for our livelihood. So even if you are staying in your barangay, no matter where you are in the community, you can still make a living,” expressed Cuevas in dialect.

In response, Veronica said that through agreements and discipline, they will strive to gradually improve the livelihood projects to show to their brothers who are still in the opposing side that peace could not be obtained through armed conflict.

Meanwhile, the city government of Tanjay, represented by Atty. Anthony Ferolino commits to follow and support whatever the OPAPP plans out to achieve the long-desired peace in the province.

The activity was also attended by OPAPP representative Milo S. Ibrado Jr., and the 302nd Infantry Brigade AFP Commanding Officer Col. Noel Baluyan. ###


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Tagbilaran City undergoes validation for the 2019 DSWD PANATA GAPAS Award

The Tagbilaran City Government has undergone field assessment and validation as one of the shortlisted entries for the 2019 PANATA GAPAS (Panata ko sa Bayan, Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan) Award Search for Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) Implementing Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) under Employment Facilitation (EF) Track.

Tagbilaran City Mayor Hon. John Geesnell L. Yap II (5th from left) welcomes the NPMO validation team, represented by Ms. Karen Kimberly B. Pedro (5th from right) and Mr. Arvin N. Obnasca (3rd from right). Also in the photo are (L-R) Mark Cipriane J. Borja, City PESO, Ria A. Micate, SLP Social Marketing Officer, Cirena B. Sia, OIC-CSWDO, Jimmy A. Crusio, SLP Provincial Coordinator, Ma. Giovanna Roselyn V. Abada, Private Sector Partnership Officer SCP-DSWD, Kate V. Rodriguez, Gov’t Sector Partnership and Rafael Aro, Monitoring PDO.

On November 28, 2019, the SLP National Program Management Office (NPMO), represented by Mr. Arvin N. Obnasca and Ms. Karen Kimberly B. Pedro conducted the assessment and validation to check and verify the submitted Means of Verifications (MOVs) of the LGU that corresponds to the 5 criteria set by the Central Office. These include representation and participation; transparency and accountability; civic engagement; effectiveness and equity; and sustainability.

In his opening message, Obnasca revealed that the actual field assessment and validation will give an opportunity for the qualified participants to show additional supporting documents that were not included in the initial submission to strengthen the chances of winning the entry.

Obnasca also explained the purpose of holding the PANATA GAPAS Award.

“This is just one of the recognitions that the DSWD Central Office will give to our partners, LGUs in particular, and other partners who have been assisting us in the implementation of our programs and services,” he said.

The City of Tagbilaran was nominated for its consistent support provided to the DSWD-SLP since 2016 up to this date through provision of training venues and additional financial capital to the target beneficiaries.

During the courtesy call, City Mayor Hon. John Geesnell L. Yap II was grateful upon knowing that the city has been shortlisted.

Obnasca has extended NPMOs congratulations to the city for being part of the top 3 finalists. Winners will be announced and awarded during the 69th Anniversary of DSWD in January 2020. ###


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DSWD 7, USC ink MOA to help SLP Beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the University of San Carlos (USC), to work together in a mutually-beneficial partnership in improving the quality of life of the poor.

STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIP. DSWD 7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala (5th from left) and Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, President of USC (4th from left) lead the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DSWD and the University of San Carlos (USC) for the Sustainable Livelihood Program. Also in the photo are (L-R) Ma. Giovanna Roselyn V. Abada, Private Sector Paartnership Officer SCP-DSWD, Rizalina L. Patindol, Regional Program Coordinator, Shalaine Marie Lucero, DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Melanie De Ocampo, Dean, School of Business and Economics (SBE) of USC, Lauro Cipriano Silapan, Assistant Dean, SBE and Allan Gozon, Manager, Center of Entrepreneurship, Ethel Dicdican, Program Manager Academe, SBEC.

Both parties recognize the need to establish a cooperative approach, converging and conservatively utilizing its resources and capacities in common areas to contribute poverty alleviation through empowerment to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) and Non-Pantawid poor participants under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD-FO VII to improve their quality of life.

The DSWD has been implementing the Sustainable Livelihood Program which aims to strengthen the skills, competencies, abilities and resources of poor filipino families, and create an enabling environment for accessing income-generating opportunities to address basic needs, thereby improving their socio-economic well-being.

The beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) and Non-Pantawid poor participants under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD FO VII who are also beneficiaries of Sustainable Livelihood Program, shall benefit from their partnership with the USC. This project is in line with the agency’s mission to provide access to livelihood and job opportunities to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.

For this partnership, the University of San Carlos (USC) agreed to create a convergence synergy model for livelihood opportunities for qualified SLP participants by giving them access to Livelihood Skill Training Program and Technical Assistance through USC with the overall goal of improving socio-economic conditions of the participants.

The USC, through its Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE), a unit of the school, of Business and Economics, provides lifelong learning, research, and entrepreneurship training focusing on the social and environmental impacts, for the participants.

Both DSWD and USC agreed to work together in the areas necessary to attain the purpose of this partnership such as a) Contributing to the resiliency and empowerment of poor and vulnerable SLP participants through provision of skills and technical assistance. b) Establishment of Knowledge Management (KM) system between the DSWD-FO VII and USC on the documentation of livelihood models’ best practices and success stories, and key learning generated by the partnership initiative related to the action researches and training done; c) Designate permanent and alternate project focal person to monitor the progress of the implementation; d) Conduct regular coordination and consultative meetings and conferences to immediately address emerging issues of the partnership initiative related to the action researches and training done;  e) Develop programs, process, and evaluation tools and techniques for the other projects of DSWD-FO VII which will utilize USC’s current and future capabilities subject to further discussion between the parties involved; and f) Implement the partnership initiative within the terms and conditions of the implementing guidelines co-developed with USC.

This partnership initiative shall cover and serve unserved SLP participants who can qualify under the requirements of USC. This agreement covers regional implementation depending on the present and future worksites of USC and DSWD Field Office (FO VII) including its SWAD Offices in Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor. ###


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DSWD partners with HNU

“The problem of poverty is so complicated, and to solve it, we need a lot of partnership. Part of educating our students is also to learning how to reach out and do extension service so that what they learned they could apply to the community,” expressed Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD, President, Holy Name University (HNU). He said it is good that DSWD is there to guide HNU how to reach out in a particular community in Corella, Bohol. The agency will not only provide guidance but also resources with a lot of expertise from DSWD in reaching out to our adopted community,” added Estepa.

Holy Name University Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD, shakes hand with Regional SLP Program Coordinator Rizalina L. Patindol as a sign of strong partnership between DSWD and HNU for the welfare of the target participants in Corella, Bohol.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) forged a partnership with HNU with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which took place at the University’s Bates conference room in Tagbilaran City, Bohol early this year.

The DSWD and HNU agreed to partner in improving the quality of life of disadvantaged individuals through this initiative in the municipality of Corella, Bohol particularly in barangays Canapnapan and Tanday.

“The Department aims to strengthen its partnerships with the private and public sectors. The Department particularly the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is looking for partners to help us in implementing our projects,” shared Rizalina L. Patindol, DSWD SLP Regional Program Coordinator.

With this partnership, DSWD-7 and HNU agreed to conduct orientation/briefing on policies and regulations related to the Training Programs on a schedule agreed upon by the parties, pre and post-test to assess the level of competency acquired by the trainees, prepare training design and course contents of specific trainees’ identified needs, a Mode of Verification (MOV) as to the effectiveness of the program – Tracking System, allow the use of HNU laboratories, equipment and facilities for the practicum and hands-on component of the training (e.g. LCD projector, models and measuring device).

Further, HNU agreed to provide the following needs to the target participants in Corella, Bohol: training experts from among its faculty members, staff and students for the Livelihood Skills Training Program and technical assistance in identifying training needs, feasibility study in other DSWD SLP; transportation to staff and students involved and those that are stipulated in the Work and Financial Plan of the program; training needs and materials (e.g. office supplies, printing, tarpaulin printing, printer’s ink) and others that are in the work plan and financial plan.

Also, DSWD and HNU will give the following awards after the target participants have completed the trainings: certificate of training to the trainees who successfully pass and completed the training requirements; certificate of recognition to individuals who have significant contribution to the activities; certificate of participation to all parties involved in the extension project.

To complete the full documentation of the project, HNU agreed to submit a written report of each project in the form of Terminal Report to DSWD-7; prepare publishable articles of completed extension projects for local and international publication subject for review and approval of DSWD.

“We are hopeful that this will be a success in the years to come with the help of the DSWD and with our expertise. We are looking forward to immediately start this endeavor. Our students from the college of Business Accountancy interviewed some of the Nigo weavers in Corella, Bohol and the school staff will conduct a survey for possible markets of these weavers. We are making ways to inspire them with the help of our efforts,” said Engr. Noel Uy, Coordinator for Community Extension, HNU. ###


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