BORONGAN CITY, September 27 (PIA) — The government’s livelihood program dubbed Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) alleviates poverty for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Hernani, Eastern Samar.
According to Denise Jo O. Glino, Hernani Municipal Link, the DSWD is the reinforced commitment of the government to alleviate poverty and empower the disadvantaged sectors through the provision of appropriate interventions.
There are some 542 Pantawid Pamilya members and about 124 Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCTs) beneficiaries in Hernani town.
Under the SLP, beneficiaries are given the option to register in either micro-enterprise development track or the employment facilitation track after participating in social preparation and capacity building activities.
Glino said they organized some 25 members in every barangay. Most recipients ventured into a micro-enterprise where they formed an association called “Bigasan ng Barangay”.
After the social preparation and capacity building activities, beneficiaries were given P10,000.00 for every member which will serve as a capital for their micro-business.
Merlita V. Anos, resident of Barangay 4 also a parent leader, said when DSWD introduced the livelihood project in their barangay, she was inspired to join the organization, tried to participate in the activities actively and encouraged other residents to join the group for a chance to change their lives.
Their group opted to venture into a ‘Bigasan ng Barangay.’
Anos immediately formed a group of 29 members from the 4Ps, the total capital they received was P290,000.00. The said money they used in the rice retail business which started on August 23, 2017.
Through her leadership and the group’s unity and perseverance, the livelihood project has grown into a grocery store. Each member is able to earn dividends that help them slowly improve their quality of living.
Anos admitted, “Like any other livelihood association, ours encountered several challenges during the implementation of the project,” but added, “Somehow, we surpassed the challenges and emerged as better persons.”
Presently, Anos claims that their business is quite improving.
The SLP is a community based capacity building program that tries to improve the socio-economic condition of poor Filipinos by facilitating opportunities for development and aims management of resources viable for micro-enterprise and employment facilitation. (NBQ/SDC/PIA-8, E. Samar)
Source: PIA Feed