TORIL, Davao City (DSWD XI) – “We are happy that each of you took time out and really persisted in finishing this beauty care training. Whatever you learned here will be very useful in your day to day subsistence as you also help your husband earn extra income for your family,” Director Mercedita P. Jabagat of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) addressed 60 Pantawid Pamilya mothers during the recent culmination ceremony at Gaisano Grand Toril.

Through the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), at least 60 Pantawid mothers in barangays Bato, Bayabas, Binugao, Lubogan and Marapangi were trained in Beauty Care NC II, a TESDA-accredited skills training on Hair Dressing, Nail Care and Foot Spa.

“With the skills you just acquired, you may opt to work in a beauty salon or work on you own as cosmetologist. This is another opportunity provided to you to help you become more productive and gain additional income,” Director Jabagat stressed.

Project Development Officer of DSWD Ma. Victoria R. Maglunob, said the course covers core competencies such as manicure and pedicure, foot care, and basic haircutting.

It also includes common competencies like maintaining an effective relationship with clients and customers, managing own performance, working in a team, practicing occupational health and safety procedures, applying quality standards, and maintaining a safe, clean and efficient work environment, Maglunob said.

The DSWD livelihood team is currently assisting these mothers in establishing their own small business enterprise while some are accessed for employment with existing establishments that specialize in beauty care, Maglunob added. (DSWD)