Davao City (DSWD XI) – Project Development Officers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) extended services during the Capacity Training for the Dependents of Killed-in-Action/Killed-in-Police-Operations AFP/PNP Personnel under the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) of the Duterte Administration held on May 24-26 at RTC-Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center, Buhisan, Tibungco.

The three-day capacity training was provided through the office of the Department of National Defense in partnership with other national government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Housing Authority (NHA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), among others.
As one of the front-liners in terms of augmentation of the economic sufficiency of DSWD beneficiaries, DSWD Project Development Officers under the Sustainable Livelihood Program assisted in identifying prospect businesses and skills training for the dependents through one-on-one assessment with them.
All dependents will receive benefits of CSBP through the different agencies of government such as: Special Financial Assistance amounting to Two Hundred Fifty Thousand (Php 250,000.00) from the Office of the President, and additional of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand (Php 250,000.00) upon completion of Capacity Training and Capability Building for Financial Management Skills and Livelihood.

Meanwhile, the City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO) replicated the DSWD Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) strategy of providing uncollateralized small loans to poor families for livelihood development, through the conduct of Livelihood Basic Business Management Training for Drug Surrenderers last May 18-19 in Matina.

Wilfredo R. Planas, External Relations Officer of DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), introduced the SEA-K strategy to the participating drug surrenderers and encouraged them to utilize and maximize whatever has been provided them by the government.

The SLP (formerly SEA-K), is a community-based capacity building effort that seeks to improve the program participants’ socio-economic status through Micro-enterprise Development and the Employment Facilitation. (DSWD)