BANGUED, ABRA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) funded livelihood projects of Pantawid beneficiaries in Bangued, Abra.

From July 2-6, SLP has released a total amount of Php. 1,390,000.00 Seed Capital Fund (SCF) to four associations with 130 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Bangued, Abra.

This livelihood assistance is under the Seed Capital Fund (SCF) modality of SLP, which aims to provide financial support to the program participants for engaging in and maintain thriving livelihoods.

The four SLP Associations include the Cosil West Pantawid Association with 37 members, Hillside Kapuso Association with 23 members, St. Anthony Association with 42 members, and Pusong Bato Association with 28 members.

These four associations have engaged in Cattle and Goat raising, and Agri-Vet and General Merchandise that fits the demands in the community.

The SLPA members are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are currently reliant on their income from daily labor, farming and retailing of rice, corn and beauty products.

Dakkel nga tulong kanyami nga naipaayan kami nga miyembro iti St. Anthony SLPA ta adan iti pagrugrugyan me ti pagbyagan me en. Ket agyaman kami ta ada iti SLP nga programa (The livelihood assistance is of great help to us members of the SLP association, we now have a micro-enterprise to maintain for us to boost our economic status),” Pedrita “Pedz” Baga, treasurer of the St. Anthony SLPA said.

The participants availing of the SCF modality were organized into associations and have been accredited by the DSWD. Organizing them into association is one way of capability building of the program to ensure the sustainability of the livelihood.

The SLP is a capability-building program for poor, vulnerable and marginalized households and communities to improve their socio-economic conditions through accessing and acquiring necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods. This is done through micro-enterprise development focusing on starting, expanding or rehabilitating micro-enterprises and skills training.

For 2018, the Sustainable Livelihood Program – CAR targets 5,225 poor and vulnerable individuals for micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation with a P112,410,650 budget. #DSWD-CAR, Babble Mae Gorio, Social Marketing Officer with contributions from: Grace B. Bandayrel, Implementing Project Development Officer

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