Lagawe, Ifugao— With the aim to help establish and manage local microenterprises, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-CAR, through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), has turned over livelihood assistance to two associations in the province last 10 January 2024.

DSWD-CAR Concurrent OIC-Regional Director (RD) and Assistant RD for Operations Enrique H. Gascon, Jr. awarded the Livelihood Cheques and DSWD Certificate of Accreditation to the Bahawit Association and Haggiye Lagawe Association during the ceremonial awarding at the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Office – Ifugao. For the Bahawit Association, the P180,000.00 financial assistance is intended for the start of rice and Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) retailing enterprise while for the Haggiye Lagawe Association, the P500,000.00 is for egg production.

 “This is meant for you,” said Dir. Gascon. “I hope you will maximize this opportunity to grow your businesses.” Further, he commended the team from the SWAD-Ifugao for their effective collaboration with the beneficiaries and partners to turn the dream into a reality.

“We have been praying for our business to prosper,” Bahawit Association President Mrs. Desiree C. Mangon said in the vernacular. “This is a blessing to us and we are hoping to have success with this.” Haggiye Lagawe Association President Mrs. Jeanietes G. Cacliong echoed this by expressing their appreciation to being part of the program. Members of the associations, who are also Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries, were organized into SLP Associations and accredited by the DSWD, to help ensure the sustainability of their livelihoods. 

Meanwhile, Lagawe Municipal Administrator Atty. Lito Baguiwa, as representative of Lagawe Municipal Mayor Hon. Martin L. Habawel, Jr., and Ifugao Ifugao Provincial Administrator Rams Cabigat, as representative of Provincial Congressman Hon. Solomon R. Chungalao, conveyed their commitment to support the beneficiaries.

The SLP is a capability-building program for poor, vulnerable and marginalized households and communities that provides access to assets necessary in engaging and maintaining thriving livelihoods through micro-enterprise development and skills training to achieve positive livelihood outcomes and improve their socio-economic conditions. ###DSWD-CAR Social Marketing Unit – Christian Robert M. Sandoval, Administrative Officer IV/Information Officer II

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