DSWD informs public anew on livelihood program
IN recent weeks, the Department of Social Welfare andDevelopmentinCentral Visayas (DSWD-7) has received numerous inquiries from the public about the livelihood assistance.
It is for this reason that the DSWD-7 wishes to inform again the public on the matter.
DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre explained that DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) has been a regular program of the department.
The SLP aims to enhance the capabilities of poor Filipino households and individuals by strengthening their skills, competencies, abilities and resources in accessing income-generating opportunities to help improve their socioeconomic well-being.
“Aside from the Pantawid beneficiaries, SLP also caters to poor households included in the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), a DSWD information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country,” said Macapobre.
Those who are poor but not Pantawid beneficiaries and not included in the Listahanan who would want to avail of the assistance, must have a barangay certificate of indigency.
The SLP shall facilitate interventions through two tracks: 1) micro-enterprise development (MD) and 2) employment facilitation.
Under the micro-enterprise development, beneficiaries are given skills on managing small business. The qualified ones are granted no collateral and interest-free loans if they have the skills for small business.
In employment facilitation program, the beneficiaries are given training through partner government agencies and private organizations.
With this facility, beneficiaries are given jobs based on their skills.