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Environmental warriors rise from Kalahi-CIDSS

warriorsThey went out with sticks and sacks as their weapons. Their enemies are the dirt and garbage in their community.

They are the environmental warriors volunteering for the  Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) from the town of Basilisa, Dinagat Islands.

The volunteers united their efforts to support a timely cause of cleaning up the town’s coastal areas  in preparation for the rainy season. The clean-up drive is also one way to maintain  the community projects built through Kalahi-CIDSS.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a community driven development program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide developmental projects to poor communities. It utilizes the Thematic Environmental Management System (TEMS) to guarantee that their community infrastructure projects would be adaptable to climate change and resilient to man-made and natural disasters.

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The dead man’s wish

The Agta Tagbangon-Simaron in Sitio Banaw, Brgy. Caranday in Baao, Camarines Sur is one of the 179 household beneficiaries of the 1.19 km pathway constructed by the residents under Kalahi-CIDSS which was completed in 2014.

The Agta Tagbangon-Simaron in Sitio Banaw, Brgy. Caranday in Baao, Camarines Sur is one of the 179 household beneficiaries of the 1.19 km pathway constructed by the residents under Kalahi-CIDSS which was completed in 2014.

Masemento gayud yan, gadan na ako (By the time the road is cemented, I’ll be dead).”

This was the usual lament of Austerio Asero, according to his daughter, Jennifer, 32. With tears in her eyes, she recalled how she bantered with her father, saying, “Patitinampo ko yan. Hilingon mo, Tay (I will construct the road. You’ll see, Father).”

Unfortunately, Austerio died in 2010, without ever seeing his dream of having a cemented road fulfilled.

The village of Caranday

The agricultural town of Baao, an upland area, is a poor municipality in Camarines Sur, with a poverty incidence of 37.35. Some 3,380 of its 5,729 households identified as poor in 2011 by Listahanan, the information management system of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Barangay Caranday is one of its 30 villages. Of its 179 households, 165 live below the poverty threshold because most of its residents do not have a permanent source of income and could barely send their children to college.

Sixty-nine households in the village belong to the Agta Tabangnon and Agta Cimarron tribes. Their ancestors have inhabited these remote mountains of Baao prior to the lowlanders settling there.

Jennifer takes her Indigenous Peoples (IP) lineage from her mother, Cynthia, who was an Agta Tagbangon. Her husband, Danilo, is also an Agta Tagbangnon.

Like the other members of their tribe, she and Danilo are farmers and livestock raisers. Unfortunately, their tribes’ crops often get spoiled during transport because of their uneven road, which is just a little more than a dirt path of packed clay. As such, they could not fetch good prices for their products – coconuts, corns, squashes, string beans and bananas – with buyers purchasing these at much cheaper rates.

Between the two of them, Jennifer and Danilo earn P2,000 per month from tandan, or working on a landlord’s farm, barely enough to support their four children.

The poor road condition also made it difficult for the sick people to get medical aid, and for students to get to and from school at the town proper.

Like her father, Jennifer dreamt of having a decent road that connects Sitio Banay to the town proper of Caranday, knowing firsthand just how difficult it was to traverse a dangerous path. Not only do travelers have to contend with large rocks and dust or mud, depending on the weather, they also had to deal with other elements as well.

Dipisil talaga. Malumpat ka sa kagagapuan, eh, kung may alas pa? (It’s really hard. You cross across rocks. What if there are snakes?),” she asked.

Hope of a dead man’s daughter

Hope flared when she heard about the possibility of finally getting a decent road through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty using the community-driven development (CDD) strategy.

She always made sure to attend meetings, even though attendance meant going on a 30 minute-walk from their house to the venue. Others mocked Jennifer’s diligence, telling her she would get nothing but another empty promise. Her determination, however, quelled their protests.

Magdisidir kita. Sige sige sana. Ipakita ta na kita desidido tanganing magkatinampo kita (We should stand strong. Let us continue what we are doing. Let us show them that we are serious about getting the roads concreted),” she encouraged her detractors.

Nagpa-apod kami ning rabos ta kami man lang makikinabang kaini (We called for the community’s collaborative effort because we are the ones who will benefit from this),” Jennifer also said.

Eventually, the Barangay Caranday villagers, the lowlanders and the Agtas alike, worked together to get their 1.19-km road paved in 2014 through Kalahi-CIDSS.

Being a CDD program, Kalahi-CIDSS is implemented by mobilizing citizens so they themselves can choose, implement, manage, and maintain their chosen sub-project.

Jennifer became one of its volunteers, chosen by the majority of the residents of Barangay Caranday as the Bids and Awards and Committee (BAC) Chairperson, who is responsible for determining which interested suppliers of goods, materials, equipment and equipment rental will be eligible for supporting the construction.

Sa sarong project, hindi pwede bumili ng basang (In this project, we should not vacillate when procuring),” she explained.

From one generation to the next

Being a high school graduate did not deter her from performing her goals as the Committee Chairperson. She even did what she could to help the other community volunteers perform their functions.

Gusto kong makatabang pa ako sa iba (I would like to help others),” she said.

She asked her husband to help out in the road construction. Jennifer herself also served as one of the laborers, not knowing that she was five months pregnant at the time.

Together with Judith Cron, a relative, Jennifer came to the belief that the efforts they put into their road sub-project will leave a legacy for the benefit of the coming generations. Their children will honor them because the convenience they will enjoy is the result of their parents’ sacrifices.

With the completion of their road, which amounted to P2.61 million, they saw that that was exactly what happened.

“Proud sila na ining tinampo natapos dahil sa kontribusyo ng magulang nila (They are proud that the road was completed because of their parents’ contribution),” Jennifer said.

The road benefits 100 households in Brgy. Caranday. It also provides access to its neighboring villages, namely, Cristo Rey, Iyagan, and Tapol.

Kaming mga Agta, mas nabenepisyaran igdi. Pasil na sana ta bakong malaboy. Hindi na mapapagod at mahihirapan yung matatanda (Agtas like us benefit from this. Crossing it is easy and the road is not muddy. Elders will not get tired and experience difficulty in traveling),” Jennifer said.

With the road completed, Jennifer now imagines their community as a developed one, complete with electricity, a water system, an evacuation center for the Agtas, and a supermarket in their village. Now, she dreams of the children of Barangay Caranday enjoying these in their lifetime.

With the road constructed four years after his death, Jennifer’s father was not able to live to see it concreted at last. Even so, his daughter believes that his dream has been realized.

She said,“Basta naiiling ko ining tinampo, si tatay ang naalala ko (I remember my father whenever I look at the road).”

While Austerio was not able to see the concreted pavement, it was his wish that became Jennifer’s motivation to see the sub-project through, and this in turn will allow her child – and the other members of the following generations – to benefit from her and the other villagers’ efforts.###

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DSWD workers, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries join Brigada Eskwela 2016

brigadaEmployees  of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program volunteered their services to the Brigada Eskwela 2016 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Northern Mindanao.

Brigada Eskwela is an initiative of DepEd which focuses on ensuring that schools in different communities are prepared for the upcoming opening of classes.

With the theme: “Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos, at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School”, the volunteers went to the different schools in the area to help clean classrooms and the school grounds; repair chairs, ceilings, and tables; and, paint classrooms, among others.

The volunteers committed to actively participate in the week-long initiative every year to prepare a safe, clean, and healthy learning environment for the incoming students. ###

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DSWD opens business opportunities for Pantawid Pamilya women

Two years ago, 20 women beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from San Isidro, Davao Oriental organized the Cambaleon Hog Raisers Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Association with an initial P200,000 capital assistance from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Since then until to this day, the association has become the official pork meat supplier for the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) for day care children in the town. Being a regular supplier meant a steady source of income for the members who had no regular jobs and were plain housewives prior to the implementation of their livelihood project.

SFP is the provision of food to day care children as part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program of the government. The Department downloads the funding requirements to the local government units which directly implements the program.


According to Provincial SLP Coordinator Julius Duterte, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman designated the Cambaleon Hog Raisers SEA-K Association as the SLP-SFP Commodity Cluster Model (CCM) in the locality.

CCM links SLP to other DSWD programs such as SFP.  Using this model, local government units (LGUs) or communities source their food supply and needs from SLP participants.

“The Department is cognizant of the potentials of women in the rural communities, thus, we are tapping them in the implementation of DSWD’s other programs. This would also enable them to have a sure market for their products,” Sec. Soliman stated.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the program participants’ socio-economic status through micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation, in partnership with LGUs, other government agencies, and private corporations.

SLP’s partner-private firms provide technical skills training and market access to the beneficiaries.

For the Cambaleon Association, the Department partnered with Pigrolac which provided the technical training on proper hog raising, as well as free vitamins and vaccines for the hogs acquired by the group.

According to Renefe Quilisadio, President of the association, the members undertook skills training on business management and marketing to prepare them to be competent entrepreneurs.

Renefe stated that their hog raising project is another blessing and opportunity to uplift the members’ economic status.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa tiwalang ipinagkaloob sa aming samahan at magpupursige kami upang mapalago ang negosyong ito (We are grateful for the trust given to us, and we are determined to make this business flourish),” Renefe underscored.

She promised to take good care of the fund entrusted to them and committed to deliver the roll back payment on a quarterly basis.

Renefe made sure that group members also actively attend their weekly meetings while enjoying a 100% collection on their savings mobilization.

Prior to becoming Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, Renefe and the members of the association are ordinary housewives focused on doing their daily household chores.

Although their husbands have sources of income, these are not enough to sustain the needs of their respective families. Hence, when the opportunity came to avail of the livelihood program, the women immediately organized themselves.

Renefe and the other beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya stated that the program, aside from providing them cash grants to help them meet the educational and health needs of their children, has also given them new perspectives in life.

Ngayon ay nakikilahok na kami sa mga aktibidad ng barangay, hindi katulad dati na kontento na kami sa mga gawaing-bahay at pag-aalaga sa aming mga anak  (We now join in barangay activities, unlike before when we were just contented with performing household chores and looking after our children),” narrated Renefe.

“Nag-uusap-usap din kami kung paano kami makakatulong sa aming mga pamilya at sa aming komunidad (We also discuss how we can help our families and communities),” she added.

Other opportunities

San Isidro Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Elna  Arenal  is optimistic on the  success of the livelihood projects implemented by SLP such as the hog raising of the Cambaleon Association.

“I am very positive that our women will succeed given their enthusiasm and the technical inputs continuously provided by DSWD Project Development Officers and partners,” she said.

Elna is thankful that aside from the SLP, Pantawid Pamilya, and SFP, San Isidro is also a beneficiary of other DSWD programs such as the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan, Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) and the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. These programs complement each other in addressing the needs of the vulnerable sectors in the community.

San Isidro is a fourth class municipality comprising of seven barangays. Majority of the residents are poor and have no access to basic services and small scale infrastructures, hence, they are grateful to the national government through DSWD for implementing social protection programs to help uplift the people’s standard of living.

For instance, under Kalahi-CIDSS, community projects such as potable water system, day care center, grade school classrooms, hanging bridge, road concreting have been constructed in the town.  Soon, a barangay health station will also be implemented in the area.

“These are welcome development for poor village folks like us who have long yearned for access to government basic services. The convergence of DSWD services here in our town has assured us of the holistic development of the townsfolk,” Elna expounded.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development program which mobilizes local residents to  participate in local governance using strategies that reduce existing gaps in social inclusion, transparency, accountability, and people’s participation in priority-setting, designing, planning, implementing, operating, and maintaining community development projects and activities.

The 20 women- entrepreneurs of San Isidro demonstrate that they are able to contribute to progress and development in their remote village through hard work and determination, and with the help of government. ###

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Solo parent finds ‘partner’ in Pantawid Pamilya

Amelia Quinto, 47, a resident of Barangay 10-B in Cavite City struggles to support her five children by herself since separating from her husband four years ago.

“Nakaka-apekto na rin sa pag-aaral ng mga bata ang hindi pagkakasundo naming mag-asawa, kaya nag-desisyon na ako at pinili kong suportahan silang mag-isa (My children’s studies are already affected by constant disagreement between me and my husband so I decided to support them by myself),”she shared.

Hence, when her eldest told her she wanted to enroll in college, Amelia had scary thoughts.

“Alam kong hindi madali ang magpa-aral sa college dahil nakakakwentuhan ko naman dati ‘yung mga nanay na nagpapa-aral  (I know it is not easy to finance my child’s college education because I have also talked to other mothers who have children in college),” she recalled.

Despite her limited income as a vendor, Amelia was able to send her daughter Maria Elena to college. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy in April this year.

For Amelia, the journey towards this achievement is not easy, but she is glad she took the chance. Despite being a solo parent, she never felt alone in any way.

Finding a ‘partner’

Amelia shared how lucky she is that her children are hard working.

“Sabi ng mga anak ko, magtutulungan kami para makamit nila ang pangarap nila na makapag-aral. Hanggang sa school nila, nagtitinda ang mga anak ko para lang masuportahan ang aming mga pangangailangan  (My children said we will help each other so they may achieve their dreams to finish their studies. My children sell things in school to provide for our needs),” Amelia continued.

When their family became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2012, Amelia felt she has found a partner in raising her children.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides monthly cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers, and attending the Family Development Sessions (FDS).

She narrated, “Naging malaking tulong ang programa para sa pag-aaral ng dalawa kong anak. Nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon para mas mapagtuunan ang pagpapaunlad ng aming kabuhayan (The program is a big help in the schooling of my two children. I had the opportunity to expand our business).”

“Yung dating isang tinda ko lang, nagiging dalawa na. May gulay na, may kakanin pa. Yung kinikita ko dito ay malaking tulong na para suportahan ang aming pamilya, lalo na at dalawa ang nagkokolehiyo ko (I doubled the items that I sell,  aside from vegetables, I also sell snacks. The earnings I derived here is a big help in supporting my family, especially since I have two children studying in college),” Amelia related.

As an added source of income, she also rents 20 units of ‘pero-pero’ (a battery-operated lamp) to her neighbors who have no electricity in their houses, earning additional P200 daily.

“Ang mga customer ko dito sa amin, mga walang kuryente sa bahay nila dahil mahirap lang din sila. Minsan, kahit yung pang-renta na P20 sa pero-pero kada gabi, hindi nila mabayaran, pero ayos lang ‘yun sakin  (My customers here have no electricity in their houses because they are also poor. Sometimes, they cannot even afford to pay the P20 rent for ‘pero-pero’ every evening, but this is fine with me),” she said.

“Naranasan ng mga anak ko na mag-aral sa tapat ng street lights, o kaya nagbabantay ako hanggang matapos silang mag-aral gamit ang kandila para makasigurong hindi kami masusunugan. Alam namin ang hirap kaya gusto ko namang tulungan ‘yung mga kapitbahay namin sa munting paraan  (My children experienced how it is to study beside street lights, or I watched over them until they finish their assignments using candles to ensure that our house will not catch fire. We know how difficult it is so I want to help our neighbors even in a small way),” Amelia pointed out.

Building a strong family

Other than the cash grants being provided by the Pantawid Pamilya, Amelia is thankful because this program taught her to be a better parent through her regular attendance to the Family Development Session (FDS).

FDS is a gathering of parent-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. It is conducted monthly by DSWD and partners-NGOs in coordination with the private sector and civil society organizations. It serves as a venue where topics on effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development, home management, active citizenship, and electoral education are discussed.

“Sa aking pag-attend sa mga buwanang FDS, marami akong natutunan, na ang pinakamahalaga ay ang tamang pag-intindi sa mga bata at tamang komunikasyon sa pamilya  (In my monthly attendance to the FDS, I learned a lot of things, the most important of which are understanding and properly communicating with our children),” she pointed out.

According to Amelia, she used to not care about her children’s feelings or opinions.

“Dati, ako lang lagi ang nasusunod. Kailangang intindihin nila ang sinasabi ko. Pero ngayon, alam ko na ang importansya ng maayos na komunikasyon. Bukas ang pag-uusap sa pagitan naming lahat kaya mas naging maayos at malakas ang aming pamilya kahit wala ang tatay nila dito  (Before, my children should always follow and understand what I am saying, but I know now the importance of smooth communication. We maintain an open line of communication, that is why our family became stronger even if their father is not around),” she said.

For Amelia, the happiness they share today because of their good relationship at home and the accomplishments of her children in school reflects her success as a solo parent. This is what keeps her going every day and continuously inspires her to work harder until all her children achieve their dreams.

Amelia is one of the 281,800 solo-parent beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya nationwide, as of April 27. ###

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Poor families benefit from DSWD, business sector partnership

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) has partnered with Holcim Philippines, Inc., a leading cement company in the country, to provide livelihood opportunities to poor families in Davao City.

Under the partnership, a total of 129 families were provided with livelihood skills training on welding and hollow blocks production.

Holcim paid for the tuition fees of the beneficiaries as well as provided starter kits to ensure that they can immediately utilize their newly-acquired knowledge to build their entrepreneurial activities.

Of the total beneficiaries, 36 are also grantees of Pantawid Pamilya like the Momfil Family of Barangay Sasa, Davao City.

The Momfil Family receives the monthly conditional cash grant of P1,400 under the program.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Pantawid Pamilya dahil sa pagbibigay niya sa aking pamilya ng bagong pag-asa para mapabuti ang aming kalagayan (I am thankful for the program which gave my family the spark of hope to improve our lives),” Merlinda said.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides monthly cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers, and attending the Family Development Sessions.

However, Merlinda said that it was still a struggle to meet all the needs of the family. That is why, she is thankful that her husband Junito was identified as a beneficiary of the DSWD-Holcim livelihood partnership which started last year.

Junito participated in the shielded metal arc welding and in the hollow blocks production.

Recognizing the success of the partnership, DSWD and Holcim expanded their engagement with the later providing an additional funding of P10 million for the skills enhancement training on masonry, plumbing, carpentry, and concrete hollow blocks production.

Holcim also donated a three-hectare residential lot for the relocation of families in disaster-prone areas.

The beneficiaries who underwent skills training were also the ones hired to build the houses at the relocation site, which provided them with a source of income.

Aside from the livelihood opportunity, the Momfil Family was also among the recipients of the newly constructed disaster-resistant houses.

Merlinda said, “Alam ko na kahit anong sabihin ko ay di pa rin sasapat para ipahiwatig ang aking pasasalamat sa tulong na ito ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng DSWD (I know that whatever I say to express my gratefulness would never be enough for the Lord’s generous blessings given to us through the DSWD).”

She vowed that she would take good care of their new home and to always put to good use the trainings that they have learned to further improve their plight.

Forging partnerships

Recognizing the importance of engaging the business sector in nation building especially in complementing government resources, the DSWD through SLP continues to forge partnerships with business organizations to implement various programs and services for poor families especially beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“SLP is an important intervention provided to needy families as livelihood is important in sustaining progress,” Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the program participants’ socio-economic status. It is implemented through two tracks: Microenterprise Development and Employment Facilitation.

Since 2011, when SLP was first implemented, a total of 1,036,786 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries have been assisted by the program. ###

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Housewife leads flourishing businesses of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

Realizing that mothers, not just the fathers, have the duty to provide for their families, some 25 enterprising mother-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from Dingras, Ilocos Norte grouped together and availed of livelihood assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and started their broiler production business.

“Ito ang natutunan namin sa aming regular na pagdalo sa Family Development Session ng Pantawid Pamilya. Ayon sa aming mga speakers ang mga nanay daw ay hindi lang pala sa bahay lang, dapat ay madiskarte rin sa buhay para matulungan ang pamilya (We learned this during the Family Development Sessions of Pantawid Pamilya Our speakers emphasized that mothers should not be limited to their domestic role, but should also be resourceful and enterprising to help their families),” Marilyn Malvar, one of the 25 mothers said.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the government that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides monthly cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers, and attending the Family Development Sessions (FDS).

FDS is a gathering of parent-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. It is conducted monthly by DSWD and partners-NGOs in coordination with the private sector and civil society organizations. It serves as a venue where topics on effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development, home management, active citizenship, and electoral education are discussed.

Marilyn added that demonstrating self-confidence in dealing with people is one of the positive ​values she learned during FDS, which eventually pushed her to become the President of their livelihood organization, the San Marcelino SLP Association.

From housewives to businessmoms

As Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, the association is eligible for livelihood assistance from the DSWD through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the program participants’ socio-economic status through microenterprise development and employment facilitation.

Opting for the microenterprise development track, the association was provided by DSWD-Field Office 1 (FO1)​ with a livelihood capital assistance of P430,000 to jumpstart their broiler production business.

The group chose this enterprise since they can immediately see a return of their investment. The broilers were sold after 35 days, with the association earning a monthly profit of P2,500 from their sale of P6,000 to P8,000.

​Partnership ventures with business industries

​Engaging private corporations has been one of the major goals of the DSWD-SLP that will provide skills training and market access to beneficiaries.

​In October 2015, DSWD-​FO1  partnered with B-Meg and St. Ruiz Agro Merchandise,  two well-known brands in the hog raising industry,  for the conduct of a training to help the members of the association gain skills and hands-on experience on broiler production.

The group immediately put to use the business skills they have acquired.  Each of the 25 members raises 50 broilers, with a total of 1,250 broilers. After which they will again buy 50 broilers for production.  By December 2015, the association already had a bank savings of P44,000,  which has grown to P134,000 in April.

As part of the agreement between DSWD-FO1 and B-Meg, the latter procures half of the production and the remaining will be sold at the market and to other customers.

Cognizant of their social responsibility, Marilyn also shared that association members and even non-members  but are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries can avail of  loan from the proceeds of their businesses with minimal interests of 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Members can also avail of medical loans with a 4 percent monthly interest.

To inculcate responsibility among members, each is required to contribute P120 a week with P100 as additional savings and P20 for their operational fund.

The income of the business will then be equally divided among the group members.

Inspired by the success of their broiler production, the San Marcelino SLP Association decided to embark on another livelihood project.

Cashing in on the booming tourism industry in the province, the 25 enterprising housewives started their cottage rental business in March.

They started with one cottage in March, which they rented out for P400 a day.

Only two months in the trade, they now have a modest bank savings of P5,710 which they hope to increase in the coming days similar to what they accomplished with their first business venture.

Today, Marilyn is happy that she is able to help bring food on the table. Her income from the group business is a huge help especially that her husband has no regular job taking on construction work when offered.

Saan ko nga inpagarup nga uray saan ko a naileppas ti panagadalko ti kolehiyo ket maysa ak kadagiti mangimatmaton itan ti bukodmi (organisasion) a negosio ken mangidadaulo ti grupo mi (I did not expect that though I failed to finish my studies, I am now one of the managers of our association’s business and also a group leader),” Marilyn said in the vernacular.

Marilyn’s family is happy and proud of her accomplishments. She has gone a long way from being a housewife to an active and empowered citizen in their community, inspiring other women to aspire for better things.  Likewise, with Marilyn’s involvement in the business,  her family now has a stable source of income to ensure their daily survival.

The rest of the group members also expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to improve their perspectives in lives​ as well as their economic status.

From 2011 to 2015, SLP has assisted a total of 1,185,091 Filipino families. Of this number 1,036,786 are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries nationwide which include Marilyn and her group members. ###

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Women take on non-traditional jobs

KC CAR womenAbout 21 women from three barangays of the municipality of Langiden, Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) try their hands at construction jobs after completing the Non-traditional Skills Training on Masonry, Carpentry and Plumbing through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a core program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Conducted ​in May 2016, the skills training is part of the Kalahi-CIDSS capacity building activities to empower women by developing skills which will make them competitive in ​male-dominated areas.

Through the joint collaboration of Kalahi-CIDSS and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), around 3,865 women in Kalahi-CIDSS areas nationwide served as paid laborers during the construction of their community sub-projects so they can earn ​additional income to help support their families.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that aims to empower communities through enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects. The program also promotes the inclusion of women in paid physical labor, planning and decision making for social development issues at the community level.  ###

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Pantawid Pamilya Impact Evaluation 2012 Data