DSWD ben­e­fi­cia­ries show­case prod­ucts in expo

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Sus­tain­able Liveli­hood Pro­gram (SLP) of the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment (DSWD) show­cased their prod­ucts dur­ing the first So­cial Ser­vices Con­fer­ence and Expo at Robin­sons Starmills Pam­panga over the week­end.

The event fea­tured the dif­fer­ent prod­ucts un­der the SLP pro­gram from mats, slip­pers, bags and hats among oth­ers.

SLP is a “com­mu­nity-based ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­gram seek­ing to im­prove the ben­e­fi­cia­ries’so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus.” With SLP, ben­e­fi­cia­ries re­ceive train­ings like fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and ba­sic skills train­ing like ba­sic book­keep­ing, re­source map­ping and value chain anal­y­sis.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries will also be linked to fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions if they think that they need more as­sis­tance to ex­pand their busi­ness. They will be helped by pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions and other or­ga­ni­za­tions to find a ready mar­ket for their pro­duce.

SLP par­tic­i­pants un­dergo so­cial prepa­ra­tion and ca­pac­ity-build­ing work­shops be­fore de­cid­ing what liveli­hood to ven­ture into. Agri­cul­ture, hog rais­ing, hand­craft­ing, food pro­cess­ing, and sari-sari stores are among those where most of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries have ven­tured into.

Most of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the SLP pro­gram are part of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pam­ilya Pilipino Pro­gram or 4Ps.

The expo aims to show­case the SLP pro­grams in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and bring at­ten­tion to­wards more busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for SLP ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

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