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Fifty fishermen  from  coastal  barangays  of  Sariaya  in  Quezon Province receive fiberglass boats as a starter kit upon completion of their skills training on fiberglass boat fabrication  under  the  DSWD’s  Sustainable  Livelihood  Program  (SLP).  The  boats,  which  were awarded to the beneficiaries last April 6, can be used for the fishermen’s small-time fishing activities.

Meanwhile, the skills they acquired from the training can open livelihood opportunities for them such as making boats and acting as resource persons in similar skills training.

This skills training, which costs PhP967,250, is part of the SLP’s employment facilitation scheme that trains program participants towards gainful employment.# [Photo Credit: MPFaller]


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A business for everyone

Liza Bay, 43, a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, proudly shows their feeds supply business, which she co-owns with 20 other program participants of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

When a small feeds supply business started, 21 women began seeing a different future for their families. However, the story does not end with the 21 of them.

Liza Bay, 43 years old, the treasurer of the Mapayapang Poblacion 2 Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association, shares how their humble feeds supply business is not only helping their members but as well as other poor families in their community.

Liza, a resident of Brgy. Poblacion 2 in Agdangan, Quezon Province, is a beneficiary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program since 2009. This program is directed to qualified poor families with children zero to 18 years old in support to their needs on health and education.

As a strategy to improve the living condition of poor families like Liza’s, the DSWD prioritizes beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya in the SLP, which provides skills training to program-participants towards micro-enterprise development or gainful employment.

When Liza’s group, all members are Pantawid Pamilya mother-beneficiaries, became beneficiaries of the SLP, the group decided to put up a feeds supply business not only because they project it is a good opportunity to earn but also an opportunity to help other Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in their municipality.

Business for their families

According to Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Link Darold Jopson, who is assigned in Agdangan, the putting up of businesses of the beneficiaries of the program undergoes thorough assessment and planning to ensure that businesses will thrive.

“Gina-guide namin sila sa pagpili ng mga nararapat na negosyo ayon sa kanilang kakayahan at sa pangangailangan sa lugar. Dahil din sa networks ng Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries dito sa Agdangan, natutulungan na rin sila na magkaroon ng siguradong customers para sa kanilang negosyo,” Jopson shared.

In August 2016, they opened their feed supply business. The SLP has awarded the association a total of PhP210,000, which they used to rent for their stall and initial products.

“Naisip po namin na magtinda ng feeds bilang negosyo dahil ito ang malakas dito sa amin. Marami ang nagnenegosyo ng pag-aalaga ng baboy kaya marami ang maaaring maging customers,” said Liza, who was manning the store alone in the afternoon.

Liza’s main source of income is through being a dealer of beauty products. She admits that with five children, it is difficult to provide for the needs of the children especially that her husband earns only occasionally through farming.

Further, Liza shares that the rest of the members of the association has similar circumstances as her. Most of them are laundrywomen, house helpers or stay-at-home mothers.

“Malaking tulong sa amin ang pagkakaroon ng negosyo. Kaming mga dating nasa bahay lang o konti ang kinikita ay may pagkakataon nang kumita. Marami rin sa amin ang bumili na ng sariling hayop para mag-alaga. Dito na kami sa aming tindahan bumibili,” she shared.

With this setup, members do not only help find another income opportunity for their families but they also help their business grow by the day.

Helping other poor families

Liza also gladly shares that majority of their customers are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from other barangays in their municipality.

“Marami po talagang mga benepisyaryo ang nagnenegosyo ng pag-aalaga ng baboy kaya dito na namin sila hinihikayat na mamili,” she said.

Liza and the rest of the group make sure that their prices are cheaper than their competitors in town, especially that they know that their customers are also financially struggling like them.

“Sa ganitong paraan, nakakatulong rin kami sa aming kapwa mahihirap habang tinutulungan nila kaming palaguin ang aming negosyo,” said Liza.

Mothers learning responsibility

More than the value of the group business, members of the association learned taking responsibilities seriously.

“Lahat kami ay may responsibilidad dito sa negosyo. Ang bawat isang miyembro ay nagbibigay ng half day na volunteer work kada linggo para magbantay ng tindahan,” Liza said.

She, as the treasurer of the group, is assigned in the afternoon daily and serves as a cashier.

For all of them, the success of their business is in every member’s shoulders. Together, they work hard to make the daily operation of the store smooth and plan for expansions in the future.

However, for Liza and the rest of the members of the Mapayapang Poblacion 2 SLP Association, one responsibility is most treasured. It is the responsibility to help other poor families to move towards improving their lives.

For this, they are continuously inspired by every beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya program who stands up and makes a way to change their lives.#

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A better future from the sea


These mothers, who used to stay at home, now earn income for their respective families through the group business they opened through DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

In a village blessed with the gift of the sea, 16 mothers have found the opportunity to better reap its benefits.

Through the years, their families have been relying on the sea to provide for their needs. Never have they thought that with one business plan and a collective effort among them, they’ll get a bigger catch and a better chance to improve their lives.

In February 2016, 16 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Brgy. Caridad Ilaya in Atimonan, Quezon Province, formed a group under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

The SLP is one of the core poverty reduction programs of the DSWD that provides income-generating opportunities to help improve the economic sufficiency of poor individuals and families.

After a series of training and planning, the group, called the Magsikap Fishing Boat SLP Association, was awarded with PhP160,000 capital assistance, which they used to start a medium-scale fishing business. They bought a motorized boat, and in March 2016, a start of a new routine took place, which also marked the start of a lot of opportunities for all of them.

Earning money for their families

Roelyn Marquez, one of the beneficiaries, shared that they used to be housewives who relied on their husband’s income to support their family. Some of them help with the finances through assisting their husbands in the preparation of fishing gears.

But with the start of their fishing business, all of them found opportunities to earn something for their families.

Arlene Custosa, 51, the treasurer of the association, shared how this became possible.

“Once a week naglalaot ang bangka namin. Bago umalis ang bangka, lahat kami ay nagtutulong-tulong sa pagsisimpi (preparation of their basket fishing gear) na gagamitin sa panghuhuli ng isda,” Arlene said.

All the mothers involved in this preparation are paid PhP260 per day, which is a big help for them who used to stay at home before.

“Napakalaking tulong sa amin na nagkakaroon kami ng pagkakakitaan. Dahil dito, tuloy-tuloy ang aming kita para sa aming pamilya,” said Rodelyn Caramihan, 37, another beneficiary.

Earning together

While the mothers are busy with the ‘pagsisimpi,’ Arlene’s family takes charge of preparing all the other needs such as food of the three fishermen, ice, baits and gasoline.

In their coastal community, all of them working together is a picture of one community dreaming together to improve their lives. The days of the preparation not only means an additional income for their respective families but also means a great bonding opportunity for all of them. These are the times when they can share stories, plans and dreams.

After two days of ‘pagsisimpi,’ their boat goes to sea. Three nights after, their boat returns, and another set of tedious tasks face them.

“Pipiliin at aayusin namin ang mga isda, tapos dinadala namin sa bayan para ibenta. ‘Yung aming pinagbentahan, ibabawas namin lahat ng ginastos mula sa gas, yelo, bayad sa mga nagsisimpi at pagkain. Ang matitira, aming pinagpaparte sa tatlo,” said Arlene.

In the three parts of their income, one-third goes to the association. The other parts are divided by the three fishermen who manned the boat for the last three nights.

“Nasisiguro namin na sa bawat pag-alis ng aming bangka, mayroon kaming kinikita. Amin itong gagamitin para patuloy na mapalago pa ang aming nasimulang negosyo,” shared Arlene.

Once the revenue has been secured, everyone is faced with the same process again—that is helping with the preparation of the fishing gears, bonding with friends and earning money for their families.

For the 16 of them, the process of doing their business has opened a lot of opportunities, especially for mothers like them.

With the dream of changing the course of their lives for the better, all of them are grateful that they were provided with an opportunity to get more from the sea, be productive mothers and most of all, dream bigger for their future.#

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Atimonan fishermen receive boats, fabrication training

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Felix Lasquety Jr., 61, is one of the recipients of the fiberglass boat fabrication skills training under the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

A total of 50 fishermen from Atimonan, Quezon Province received fiberglass boats upon completion of their fiberglass boat fabrication skills training under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The fiberglass boats, which were awarded to the beneficiaries last August 1 in a turn-over ceremony, were made by the fishermen themselves as part of their 15-day training under the SLP.

The SLP is one of the core poverty reduction programs of the DSWD that provides income-generating opportunities to help improve the economic sufficiency of poor individuals and families. The Skills Training is one of the modalities of the SLP that helps enhance the skills of program participants for higher productivity and profitability, which they can use for microenterprise or employment.

The said fishermen are among the first batch of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who completed the skills training in partnership with the local government unit of Atimonan.

Nelson Embile, 51, one of the beneficiaries of the SLP who received the skills training and fiberglass boat, shared that this opportunity will greatly help his family.

“Malaking bagay ito dahil kahit papaano, may sarili na kaming bangka. Mas malaki ang aming kikitain kumpara sa dati naming ginagawa na sumasama kami sa malalaking bangka para makapangisda,” said Embile, a resident of Brgy. Angeles.

Felix Lasquety Jr., 61, another beneficiary, is grateful for the opportunity.

“Bukod sa pangngisda, magagamit ko rin ang aking natutunan kapag may nagpapagawa ng bangka,” said Lasquety, a resident of Brgy. Villa Ilaya.

Atimonan Mayor Rustico Mendoza, during the turnover ceremony, shared that the local government will continue supporting the fishermen and the DSWD in providing livelihood opportunities.

Quezon Provincial Coordinator of the SLP, Jennifer Lascano, encouraged all the beneficiaries to use the skills training and the boats to help improve the lives of their respective families.

“Hindi matatapos sa pagbibigay sa inyo ng training at ng mga bangka, sana ay gamitin ninyo ito para mas maiangat pa ang pamumuhay ng mga mangingisda,” Lascano shared in her message to the beneficiaries.

She further announced that some of the beneficiaries can be tapped by the DSWD to act as resource persons in similar skills training in other municipalities in the province.

During the turnover ceremony, 10 beneficiaries have been given recognition for their potential to become fiberglass boat fabrication resource persons.

To date, there are 50 other fishermen who are undergoing the same kind of training in the municipality.#

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235 Batangas Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries ready for employment

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READY FOR EMPLOYMENT. Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from Batangas Province undergo screening process for various employment opportunities after undergoing several skills enhancement activities in the Basic Employment Skills Training Camp conducted last May 30 to June 2 in Lipa City under the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

A total of 235 members of household-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Batangas Province are now linked to employment after their completion of the Basic Employment Skills Training (BEST) Camp from May 30 to June 2 in Kahariam Farms, Lipa City. This is under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and conducted in partnership with Batangas State University (BSU).

The BEST Camp is part of the SLP’s employment facilitation track that prepares participants to be qualified and ready for employment.

According to Dir. Leticia Diokno, regional director of DSWD Field Office IV-A, the camp is a strategy employed by the agency to provide sure employment opportunities to members of Pantawid Pamilya families.

The four-day camp provided a series of skills enhancement lectures and workshops to all participants, majority of them are high school graduates, to strengthen their capabilities to gain formal employment. Topics and activities during the camp included discussions on time management and financial literacy, personality development, professionalism and work ethics, resume writing and job interview simulation among others.

All the lectures and workshops in the activity were facilitated by the faculty of BSU.

“Binigyan namin kayo ng mga pagsasanay para masigurong lahat kayo ay magkaroon ng trabaho. Inaasahan namin na magiging kasama kayo ng pamahalaan para mas mapaunlad ang inyong mga pamilya,” said Dir. Diokno in her message to the participants during the commencement ceremony last June 2.

After the series of lectures and workshops in the first two days of the camp, all the participants were exposed in actual job screening processes conducted by the Alliance Manpower Solutions and Holistic Approach Recruitment Services, a partner manpower services agency of the DSWD.

At the end of the camp, more than 200 of the participants landed employment in various companies across the region connected to the recruitment agency.

All the participants will be provided Pre-Employment Assistance Fund worth PhP5,000 each to help fund the processing of various pre-employment documents including medical clearance and NBI clearance.

Better chances of being hired

The SLP is a social protection program of the DSWD that is implemented alongside Pantawid Pamilya to help increase the economic capacities of beneficiaries through micro-enterprise development or gainful employment.

Jose Mendoza, a resident of Brgy. Cumba in Batangas City and a participant to the said camp, shared how grateful he is for this kind of opportunity.

“Dati, kung saan saan lang ako nagtatrabaho, ngayon, may pag-asa na akong magkaroon ng maayos na trabaho. Marami akong natutunan dito at nalaman kong marami pala akong ginagawa sa paghahanap ng trabaho na mali at kailangan kong itama,” said Mendoza.

According to Dir. Diokno, the BEST Camp is designed to address the issue that many of the beneficiaries may have skills to perform various jobs but may require additional skills to strengthen their chances in passing the actual screening process. Further, the camp also prepares the beneficiaries for employment to help them stay longer and perform better once they are hired.

“Inaasahan namin na ang BEST Camp na ito ay maging magandang simula para sa inyong lahat,” said Dir. Diokno.

This BEST Camp is the first in the CALABARZON Region and is targeted to be conducted in other provinces in the region to help facilitate the employment of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. With at least one member of Pantawid Pamilya families gainfully employed, the DSWD sees that these families will have better chances of improving their living condition and standing on their own.

To date, there are more than 320,000 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya in the region.#


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Towards progress that’s shared together


Members of the Transportasyon Bayanihan sa Brgy. San Pablo Suba work together to finish their community store for their project of buying and selling crops under the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

In a village where it takes almost a 10-hour hike to reach the town proper, progress seems to be as slow and as far.

Residents have mastered the art of living simply—of which they describe as “isang kahig, isang tuka.” For most of them, being able to feed their hungry stomachs is enough reason to be contented.

Today, however, this small village of San Pablo Suha in the town of Catanauan, Quezon Province has been showing signs of progress. And little by little, the residents are dreaming a better life not only for themselves but for the whole community.

The beginning of dreams coming true

Most of the residents in the village may have been contented with ensuring food on the table; however, the coming of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2010 in the barangay gave most of the poor families an opportunity to dream bigger, especially for their children.

“Hindi sapat ang kinikita ng halos lahat sa amin kaya hirap na hirap kaming magpaaral ng mga bata. Sa tulong ng Pantawid Pamilya, nagkaroon kami ng pag-asa dahil nasusuportahan na namin ang edukasyon ng aming mga anak,” said Leonora Javier, 44.

To date, there are 161 household-beneficiaries of the program in the village.

With more and more children going to school, even the non-beneficiaries of the program notice the change in the barangay.

Gregorio Sanchez, 44, a native of the barangay, observes that the program has taught the parents to value the education of their children.

“Kung wala siguro ‘yung programa, marami pa rin siguro ang hindi nakakapag-aral,” shared Gregorio.

Melba De Rojas, 41, another Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, said that seeing their children in school means a lot to parents like her.

“Ang pangarap namin sa aming mga anak ay mas makaangat sila sa buhay, hindi katulad ng binibigay namin sa kanila ngayon na isang kahig, isang tuka. Gusto namin, kapag nagkaroon sila ng sariling mga pamilya, makakapagpaaral sila ng mga anak at makakakain sila nang tama sa oras kahit walang suporta mula sa gobyerno,” shared Melba.

Improved access in their community

Their barangay’s geographic situation has also been a long time problem of the residents. According to them, despite the support of the government for their children, their location hampers progress of the livelihood of most families.

Resident Marcelino Redoma, 57, shares that farmers like him usually spend a lot of time and money to bring their crops to the market, which leaves them little profit for their families.

What he cannot forget, however, is how this situation took the life of his wife several years back.

“Nagkaroon ng kumplikasyon sa panganganak ang asawa ko noon kaya kinailangan naming dalhin sa ospital sa bayan. Mga 30 tao kaming nagtulong tulong sa pagbubuhat sa kanya ng mahigit 10 oras. Pagdating namin sa bayan, huli na ang lahat,” Marcelino recalled.

Gladly, they need not suffer from this kind of life anymore. In 2013, another program of the national government was introduced to the village—the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

In its implementation, they pushed for the construction of a farm-to-market road to improve access to their barangay.

“Malaki na ang nabago sa aming barangay simula noong nagkaroon kami ng maayos na kalsada. Mas nadagdagan ang kita naming mga magsasaka dahil mas mura at mas mabilis na ang pagdadala ng mga produkto sa pamilihan,” said Melba.

She also added that parents like her have found peace of mind because of the new road.

“Kung may magkasakit man sa pamilya, madali na naming nadadala sa bayan dahil naaabot na kami ng sasakyan. ‘Yung mga bata ring pumapasok sa school, hindi na nila nararanasan ang paglalakad sa maputik na daan dahil p’wede na silang sumakay papuntang eskwelahan,” Melba shared.

Besides the farm-to-market road project in 2013, the residents also implemented other projects such as the concreting of the critical section of the barangay road and spillway in 2015 under the Kalahi-CIDSS program.

Sustaining the progress

Both the Pantawid Pamilya and the Kalahi-CIDSS taught the residents that it is possible to change the course of their lives.

“Sa FDS [Family Development Sessions], marami kaming natutunan hindi lang tungkol sa pagpapaunlad ng aming pamilya. Natuto rin kami na makipagtulungan sa barangay para sa iisang layunin,” shared Melba, who added that before, families seemed to care only for their household’s welfare.

The FDS is a component of the Pantawid Pamilya program that teaches parent-grantees on various topics including strengthening marital relationships, budget management, children’s rights and disaster preparedness among others.

Brgy. Captain Roberto Estrella Sr. also cited how the concept of ‘bayanihan’ has been exemplified in the barangay in the implementation of the Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Para mas malayo ang marating ng pondo, sinabi ng mga residente na libre silang magtatrabaho para sa proyekto at iyon naman ay kanilang tinupad,” said Capt. Estrella.

With this new perspective among the residents, they only have one goal now—that is to altogether taste a sweeter life. This, they are currently proving through another community project under the Sustainable Livelihood Program using the Bottom-Up Budgeting scheme.

Called Transportasyon Bayanihan sa Barangay San Pablo Suha (TBBS), their association has been funded with PhP1,110,000.00 this February 2016 and caters to 130 beneficiaries, 80 percent of this are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya program.

“Yung TBBS po ay samahan ng iba’t ibang asosasyon dito sa aming barangay katulad ng mga magsasaka, kababaihan at PTA [Parent and Teachers Association]. Napagkasunduan naming magtayo ng buy-and-sell ng mga produkto. Dito ibebenta ng mga residente ang kanilang mga produkto at kami ang magdadala nito sa pamilihan,” explained Gregorio, who was elected President of the association.

The community business will also sell basic commodities such as rice for members and non-members alike.

“Yung dating kanya-kanya, ngayon ay nagkakaisa na. Masarap sa pakiramdam na kami ngayon ay sama-sama sa tiyak na pag-unlad,” a positive Leonora shared.

For the rest of the residents of Brgy. San Pablo Suha, their struggles in the past are only part of the history that they will tell their grandchildren and never allow them to experience again. Though it is true that the opportunities provided to them by the government led them to a better life, they know that sustaining the progress will be in each other’s hands.#

***The three programs implemented in Brgy. San Pablo Suha are the core social protection programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The Pantawid Pamiyang Pilipino Program, Kalahi-CIDSS and SLP, through the DSWD’s convergence strategy, are all geared towards improving the living condition of poor families.

The Pantawid Pamilya invests on the human capital through the provision of conditional cash grants in support for the health, nutrition and education of children age zero to 18. Meanwhile, the Kalahi-CIDSS helps improve access of poor communities to social services through engaging the local residents in identifying, planning and implementing need-responsive projects. The SLP, on the other hand, prepares families towards self-sufficiency through building their capacities towards micro-enterprise development or gainful employment.

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