222 livelihood groups launched in Davao Region

DAVAO City (DSWD XI) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) has launched a total of 222 SLP Associations (SLPA) in Davao Region as of February 8.

A total of P62-million worth of capital assistance for the respective livelihood projects of the associations were turned over to the 4,337 participants of the program.

Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria, Promotive Services Division Chief Merlinda A. Paragamac, Regional Program Coordinator of SLP Maria Victoria N. Arancon, SLP provincial coordinators, and some members of the SLP Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) including some staffs from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) represented the Department to the launching and turnover ceremonies in the various municipalities and provinces in the region.

“The key to the successes of your projects is unity. Always coordinate with the other members in your association. Aspire to be transparent in all transactions which involve the grant awarded to you. Make use of the same to better the lives of your children,” RD Jabagat said during the ceremony in Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental.

Some projects ventured by the livelihood groups are Rice-Retailing, Food Processing, Vegetable and Livestock Production, General Merchandise, and Meat and Fish Vending.

“The SLP empowers the communities by making them decide what their projects are. We also equip them with the skills suitable for their identified projects through the conduct of trainings by our field staffs,” said ARDO Santamaria.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program aims to provide access to resources that will improve the productivity of the participants’ already existing livelihood. It is open to every Filipino family especially the poor, marginalized, vulnerable, and disadvantaged. (DSWD)

Maragusan associations get PHP 1.67M SLP capital

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley — Six associations in Maragusan town received on Thursday, February 7, a total of PhP 1.67 million seed capital under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The identified associations were Pagpangandam Sustainable Livelihood Program Association, Abtik Sustainable Livelihood Program Association, Rizmea Sustainable Livelihood Program Association, Kaminarra Sustainable Livelihood Program Association, Triple M Sustainable Livelihood Program Association, and Marangig Sustainable Livelihood Program Association.

The checks were handed over by DSWD assistant regional director Rebecca A. Santamaria in a ceremony held at Barangay New Albay.

According to the Maragusan Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, all the six associations will engage in feeds retailing since their members are into piggeries.

Maragusan Mayor Maricel Colina-Vendiola expressed her gratitude to the DSWD for establishing the pro-poor program.

“Nalipay ko’g dako nga nahatagan ug dakong prebilihiyo ang atong mga katawhan, hilabi na ang 4Ps beneficiaries ug indigents alang sa ilang panginabuhian,” Mayor Vendiola said. (I am very happy that our constituents, especially the 4Ps beneficiaries and indigents, have been given this big opportunity for their livelihood.)

Like other government funded program, the mayor hoped that the beneficiaries will take good care of the livelihood project.

The SLP is a capability building program for poor, vulnerable and marginalized families and individuals in acquiring necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods that help improve their socioeconomic conditions. (PIA11)

DSWD awards P768-T to Lupon livelihood groups

LUPON, Davao Oriental (DSWD XI) -A total of Php 768,000.00 worth of checks was released to three (3) Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations (SLPAs) here last week of January through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Said livelihood beneficiaries have earlier agreed to venture into community projects like Hog Raising, Fishing Boat, Fish Pond and Bangus Production.

Meanwhile, former rebels also received Php 15,000.00 each as Seed Capital Fund to finance food cart, hog raising, goat raising and sari-sari store businesses.

Leading the turnover of checks were DSWD Chief for Promotive Services Merlinda A. Paragamac , SLP Provincial Coordinator Julius R. Duterte, Municipal Administrator Robert Simbajon, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Cirila Cobero, Poblacion Barangay Captain Florentino Maquilan III, and Bagumbayan Barangay Captain Generoso Raneses.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program aims to provide access to resources that will improve the productivity of the participants’ already existing livelihood. It is open to every Filipino family especially the poor, marginalized, vulnerable, and disadvantaged. (DSWD)

No political candidates can enroll or delist Pantawid grantees -DSWD

DAVAO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI is reminding the public, especially the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) that no political candidate or incumbent politicians can enroll and include poor families or delist them from the program.

Earlier, DSWD received reports that there are some political candidates who threaten beneficiaries of being delisted if they do not vote for them or the candidate they are endorsing.

“Only DSWD can include poor families in the program and can delist beneficiaries from it. A household can only be removed from the program if it does not comply with the program conditions or does not have eligible children,” DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said.

Identification of Pantawid beneficiaries was based solely on Listahanan, the Department’s information management system that identifies who and where the poor are through household assessment.

DSWD shall ensure that beneficiaries are protected from undue politicking and must remain free of political influence and manipulation. Beneficiaries can only be delisted if proven that they do not adhere to the conditionalities set by the program which include regular attendance of their children in school, attendance of parent-beneficiaries in the monthly Family Development Session, and regular check-up of mothers and children in health centers, Director Jabagat said.

DSWD encourages the general public to be more vigilant and to report politicians claiming credit from the program or such activities that aim to discredit the integrity of Pantawid Pamilya.

The public may file their complaints through Grievance Text Hotline 0918-912-2813 or via social media -Facebook: DSWD Region XI; Twiiter: @dswdfo11; Instagram: @dswdfo11, or they can visit the DSWD Regional Office or directly report to concerned Pantawid Municipal or City Link.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18. To date there are 255,002 beneficiaries in Davao Region.  (DSWD)

P360-T released to DavNor IP families for livelihood

KAPALONG, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI) -A total of Php 360,000.00 seed capital fund was released recently to CEDUPA Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Association in Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao Del Norte to finance a community store and agricultural project.

The association is composed of 30 IP families from sitios Dugayan, Sentro and Patel.

Present during the turnover were Pantawid Pamilya Regional Indigenous Peoples focal Audrei Perez, Davao Del Norte Pantawid Provincial Link Blaissel Jane L. Fernandez, Pantawid Social Welfare Officer III Jennylou B. Maglasang, and Pantawid Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Bryan N. Tampon.

The MCCT-IP (Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples) program aims to reach out to families who are definitely poor and more vulnerable and disadvantaged but are not covered by the regular Conditional Cash Transfer Program or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD)

DSWD releases over 30-T food packs to Davao Region families

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 11 has released 14,150 family food packs to eight (8) municipalities in Compostela Valley, nine (9) municipalities in Davao del Norte, and six (6) barangays in Davao City which were affected by some flooding and landslide incidents brought about by the tail end of a cold front which began last week of January.

More than 67,153 families or 277,579 individuals received the assistance.

Meanwhile, 9,135 family food packs were also released to Manay, Davao Oriental and 15,150 more are expected to be distributed within the week in the municipalities of Caraga and Tarragona, also in Davao Oriental due to the effects of the recent low pressure area (LPA).

The Department, as the forefront of the government in disaster response and recovery, continuously commits to provide immediate relief and early recovery to disaster affected families and individuals in the country. (DSWD)