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DSWD to provide livelihood assistance to 24,405 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

Cagayan de Oro – The Department of Social Welfare and Development through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) endures its work to elevate the socio-economic condition of 277,510 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of the region. This year the program shall provide assistance to 24,405 beneficiaries through micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation.

Micro-enterprise development is a capability building approach the focuses on community development, skills enhancement and network building by providing capital assistance and opportunities to manage and sustain micro-enterprises.

While the employment facilitation provides assistance to unemployed poor families through skills profiling, job matching, occupational guidance and counseling and job referrals to partner agencies.

The beneficiaries of the said livelihood assistance are those under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which provides grants for the poorest households especially for their children’s health and education.

The households will receive a maximum P1,400 for their children’s health and education, provided that they comply with the program’s conditions such as attendance to Family Development Sessions, regular attendance in school and regular health center visits.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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DSWD clarifies lump sum in its 2015 budget

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has no lump sum or discretionary funds amounting to P102.6 billion in the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

“How can that be when the budget of the Department is already P107.8 billon?  We do have a budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses amounting to P102B, and the breakdown can be found in  pages 909 to 928 of the national budgetary document,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The DSWD 2015 budget also has the following major categories: General Administration and Support (P980,680,000),  Support to Operations (P265,747,000), and Operations (P86,034,766,000).  Part of the Operations budget includes P62.2B for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, P5.9B for Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, P4.9B for the Sustainable Livelihood Program, and P3.3B for the Supplemental Feeding Program.

It also has breakdown on locally-funded (P3,545,271,000) and foreign-assisted projects (P17,0303,737,000).

The Department continues to adhere and uphold the tenets of transparency and accountability especially when it comes to budgetary issues involving public funds.

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