DAVAO City  -With its aim to help attain quality life for its clientele, the Department of Social Welfare and Development through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) has started partnering with other institutions such as Security Bank, SM Foundation, Globe, DOLE, DA, NIA, DPWH, SSS, DENR, DOT, PAKISAMA and People’s Credit and Finance Corp.

Among the projects accessed with these partner agencies are Provision of Livelihood Equipment; Short Term Employment; Employment through Trabahong Lansangan; Capability Building through Agrikulturang Pantawid Pamilya Program; Savings Mobilization; High-Value Crop Production; Diversified Farming; Capital Assistance and Business Package for Livelihood; Capacity Building in Micro-Finance; and Technical Assistance in Marketing of Products.

SLP is a capability building program that develops the entrepreneurial and socio-economic skills of poor households through income-generating opportunities, enhancing their access to basic social services.

Recently, Security Bank Tagum Branch Manager Jocelyn D. Angcos turned over a capital assistance of P 500,500.00 to two community livelihood groups in Tagum City –Pagsabangan and Libuganon Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran Associations.

“We are very thankful to the government and Security Bank for coming up with a program that will help us. This is a fresh start,” said beneficiary Elvira Aballe of Brgy. Libuganon. She said she will be using the money in her fish vending business. Other grantees will spend the money as additional capital in retail stores.

To prepare them, DSWD trained identified beneficiaries on financial management and bookkeeping and provided sessions as well on Self Awareness and Value Formation.

Tagum City Social Welfare and Development Office Head Nora Lupiba said this is a way of capacitating Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to engage in a profitable venture to support their respective families.

Mayor Allan Rellon extended his full support to the program as it is in line with his Eagle Wings Agenda on Governance, specifically on social services and livelihood development.

Earlier, Sec. Corazon Juliano-Soliman of DSWD has identified Tagum City and a town in Benguet for this Security Bank engagement.

Meantime, Department of Labor and Employment Provincial Director Henry O. Montilla handed over Hi-Speed Sewing Machine, Edger Machine, Piping Machine and other Sewing Materials to Nagkahiusang Mananahi sa Camucaan Association in Sitio Camucaan, Brgy. Aplaya, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

In her acceptance message, President Rebecca C. Dulla of the Nagkahiusang Mananahi sa Camucaan Association expressed her gratefulness to the government agencies which have been very mindful in really bringing the needed social services to their community.

PAKISAMA or Pambansang  Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka also conducted an orientation on Diversified Organic Farming to DSWD Project Development Officers and Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Links of Tarragona, Gov. Generoso,  San Isidro and Banay-Banay in Davao Oriental. Soon, farm technicians of PAKISAMA will train 80 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in these areas.

As livelihood support, Apple Evangelista, Globe representative, recently distributed 40 brand new mobile phones, four Retailer SIM cards and store signages  to  40 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Montevista, Monkayo, New Bataan, Laak and Compostela. Globe provided an orientation on Electronic-Load to the beneficiaries coming from different barangays where Globe reception is clear. DSWD/with reports from Tagum CIO