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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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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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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 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 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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