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Photo courtesy of Vanessa Alcantar, PDO II, DSWD-10

In this photo is Mr. Ramel Babaran, one of the 29 beneficiaries who completed the Shielded Metal Arc Welding or SMAW skills training supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

With Brilliant Gem Technical School as the program implementing partner, the beneficiaries receives a full course and hands-on training on SMAW, free of charge as assisted by the SLP.

The same numbers of beneficiaries obtain a National Certificate II after passing the assessment administered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA on January 16, 2017.

The SLP is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation. The provision of Technical/Vocational Skills Training is one of the modalities of the program to improve the employable skills of beneficiaries.


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“One with Children Ending Child Labor”.

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Photo Release: Entrepreneurs in the Making


Sairah M. Lando (left) pays their rice supplier (middle) with the assistance of Hesham Mackno (right), the SLP Project Development Officer in Bacolod, Lanao del Norte (Photo by Hesham Mackno)

A group of beneficiaries from Bacolod Lanao del Norte opens a rice retailing business through the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program. Having thirty (30) members, the Delabayan West Association received the amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (P150,000.00) as capital assistance to start their business placed in Barangay West Delabayan.

This project was particularly identified by the group after going through several social preparation activities, basic micro-enterprise management training and other related skills training, also considering the geographical location and market demand for rice in their area.

“Nagpasalamat jud ‘mi nga naa na’mi negosyo diri sa amoa kay dili na’mi kinahanglan motugbong sa lungsod aron mamalit (we are truly grateful to be able to establish this business in our place because we need not go downtown to purchase goods)”, says Sairah M. Lando, beneficiary.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Sustainable Livelihood Program INFOGRAPHICS



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DSWD empowers Lumads for a better livelihood

Nanette GonzalezNanette Gonzalez, a 50 year-old mother of ten children proudly presents her certificate on Food Processing NCII during her culmination day along with other one hundred thirty Lumads from the indigenous tribes of Manobo and Umayamnon, last May 2016 in the municipality of Quezon, Bukidnon.

Gonzales is one of the recipients of the MCCT-IP or the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People Program, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The MCCT-IP is a program specifically intended to Indigenous Peoples living in geographically isolated areas of the region. These beneficiaries are given technical skills training under the Sustainable Livelihood Program through partner technical institutions.

In an interview with Joy Co, President of 1 AND ALL Technical School and the implementing partner for this project, she said “This particular program for the lumads really inspires us to be better service provider”. “Women like Gonzalez proves that with right attitude and inspiration, anyone can be successful”, she adds.

Co further narrates that Gonzalez, suffers Bell’s Palsy, a medical condition that causes paralysis to one side of her face, hence the deformity and blocks her one eye from closing or blinking. Her disability caused a lot mocking and insults by neighbors which made her inferior. “When we met her in the training, she was a bit aloof and indifferent, she barely talked to anyone, she was less confident of herself”, says Co. “Later we learned that she lost her husband because of a shooting incident which was never resolved”, Co tells.

Being a Lumad with less skill, Gonzales had a hard time looking for a job to support her family.

“Isip usa ka mama ug papa sa akong mga anak, naglisod gyud ko primero kung unsaon nako pagsuporta sa ilaha, pero naningkamot gihapon ko tungod kay katungod sa akong mga anak nga matagtam nila ang kaayuhan ug kalipay sa ilang kinabuhi, (being a solo parent, I really had a difficulty in supporting their needs, but I have to strive for them because it is their right to have a blissful and joyful life), says Gonzalez.

Dagko pod ang natabang sa gobyerno tungod kay apil sila naningkamot sa paghatag ug suporta sa parehas namo nga kabus busa pasalamat gyud ko labi na sa DSWD, (on the other hand, the government has been doing their role as well in providing assistance to the less fortunate like us”, Gonzales tells.

Gonzalez worked as Household Helper in Manila for five years but had to leave afterwards because of mistreatment from her employers. Now, she works as a part time laborer in a sugar cane plantation in Bukidnon; and because of her recent accomplishment, she was able to establish her own Longganisa (meat processing) business, which is very marketable in their place because of its distinct taste and quality.

Co further tells that although this may be a simple success, but it’s a good leap in achieving a greater dream, especially for a parent like Gonzalez.

DSWD believes that no one should be left behind in the process of development, so it gives equal opportunities and relevance to our Indigenous groups, special sectors like the youth, Persons with Disability and women. “This is why we are continuingly building the capacities of our beneficiaries, we want them to learn but most of all we want them to be confident about themselves no matter what, because confidence will eventually lead them towards success”, says Rhandy Ladoroz, Project Development Officer for DSWD.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Kapatiran Community Organization to receive PAMANA Projects


DSWD meeting with the Kapatiran Community Organization in Maramag Bukidnon on June 21, 2016 to discuss PAMANA projects.

Maramag, Bukidnon — The Department of Social Welfare and Development will soon implement PAMANA or PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn projects in the municipalities of Maramag and Don Carlos, Bukidnon. This is in continuing partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process or OPAPP, the working force of the government towards just and lasting peace for the country, particularly in Mindanao and other conflict affected regions.

PAMANA is the government’s peace and development program that responds and strengthens peace-building, reconstruction and development, in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas, to strengthen communities’ resilience to conflict by improving their socio-economic capacities.

This year, the Kapatiran Community Organization will soon receive PAMANA projects as identified and assessed by OPAPP, through DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program. The group will identify their own livelihood projects based on the PAMANA modalities namely: Manufacturing or Processing Facilities, Equipment for Common Service Facilities, Acquisition and consolidation of goods from suppliers, Selling, Supplying and distributing goods, Transport facilities and the likes.

The Kapatiran Community Organization also known as Kapatiran para sa Progresong Panlipunan (KPP) is composed of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas, Revolutionary Proletarian Army, Alex Boncayao Brigade – Tabara Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG). Although majority of the Kapatiran is based in Negros Island Region, some of its group members left the region and settled in the province of Bukidnon to avoid further conflicts and find their livelihood.

The identified Kapatiran groups in Bukidnon include BACFA or Base Camp Farmer Association of San Miguel, Maramag, Bukidnon and BASARFA or the Barangay Sinangguayan Agrarian Reform Association of Don Carlos, Bukidnon. The associations will receive Five Hundred Thousand pesos (500,000) livelihood assistance each, apart from capability building trainings including basic business and financial management.

Ang buong Kapatiran ay lubos na nagagalak sa pamahalaan dahil ang nuoy pinapangarap naming kapayapaan at kaunlaran ngayo’y unti-unti nang naisasakatuparan, we (the Kapatiran) are thankful to the government because our aspiration of a peaceful and developed communities are finally being realized”, says Benjie Carion, a former revolutionary now a Project Management Officer to the OPAPP assigned in the province of Bukidnon.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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PHOTO: Father to a deceased SAF in Lanao accepts DSWD’s livelihood assistance


Mr. Lino Cabanlit with Mr. Ramonito Liwanag, MPDO of Lala and DSWD regional staffs Norman Pacturanan, Special Projects Focal and Lanny Raras, SLP Provincial Coordinator for Lanao Cluster 2 (Photo by Jamila Taha)

Mr. Lino Cabanlit, father of the deceased SAF 44 member PO2 Godofredo Cabanlit, accepts DSWD’s livelihood assistance amounting to 300,000 pesos, on June 16, in the the municipal hall of Lala, Lanao del Norte.

In witness thereof on behalf of the LGU is Mr. Ramonito Liwanag the Municipal Planning Development Officer, along with representatives from Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, DSWD regional office represented by Mr. Norman Pacturanan, Special Projects Focal for Sustainable Livelihood Program with Municipal Convergence Staffs.

The assistance is part of the continuing aid of the government to the remained families of SAF 44. The assistance aims to provide livelihood support to the families based on their requested livelihood project.

Mr. Cabanlit expresses his gratitude to DSWD and promises to realize his project in memory of his son.

Mr. Cabanlit project includes funding of Dried Fish Dealing, a business originally planned by his deceased son.

Written by: Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Beneficiaries with Technical Skills Thrive to Improve their Livelihood

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to empower Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries through its Sustainable Livelihood Program. One of its commendable approaches provides life skills training as a capacity-building strategy to prepare program participants to better manage livelihood opportunities and pro-actively measure and ensure optimum quality performance in managing livelihood activities.

The department partners with schools or institutions which are accredited by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to be able to provide the best training and eventually produces the best graduates who would be certainly qualified for any technical and well-paid jobs.

As it has been grasped and materialized by some DSWD’s beneficiaries like Reynan Amonhay and Guillermo Baliling Jr., it is easier to find job when you have credentials to show, they said.


Reynan Amonhay certified Technician from Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon

Reynan Amonhay, 22 years old, single and out of school helps his father in farming to be able to provide for their huge family. Reynan along with his eleven siblings, work hand in hand to survive their daily needs. Although he has completed his high school, he didn’t have much skill to boast and look for a job. “Karon malipayon kaayo ko sa akong nakab-ot sa akong kinabuhi, bisag high school graduate rako naka trabaho ko ug natagaan ko sa dakong kahigayonan nga mulambo pinaagi sa natabang sa DSWD ug nahatag nga bag-o nga kahanas sa 1 AND ALL Technical School, I am really glad because of this milestone in my life, that despite the fact that I am only a high school graduate, I was able to find a job and that I am given an enormous opportunity to improve our living condition through the support of DSWD and 1 AND ALL Technical School”, he tells. Reynan earns about Six Thousand Pesos a month as a technician in Globe Telecom.


Guillermo Baliling Jr. certified Mechanic from St. Peter, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Guillermo who is 25 years old, single, shares the same experience with Reynan. As a Lumad coming from the same province of Bukidnon where farming is the main source of livelihood, Guillermo also dreams of having a well-paid job to support his family.

Mao dagku kaayu ang akong pasalamat sa kini nga mga institusyon kay sila ang nahimong instrumento nga sa hinay-hinay ako na makab-ot ang akong pangandoy sa kinabuhi because of this I am very thankful to these institutions for being the instrument of change and opportunity for me to reach my goals”, says Guillermo.

Ug manghinaot ko nga daghan pa ang matabangan aning programa and I am also hopeful that other people will also benefit from this program”, he adds.

From the mountainous remote area he now takes his journey in the city as he became the head auto mechanic in Opol Auto Repair Shop that earns him a minimum of Two Hundred Fifty Pesos a day depending on the numbers clients.

Reynan and Guillermo are both certified NC II passers of Electrical Installation Maintenance and Automotive Servicing assessment examination conducted by 1 AND ALL Technical School, the same school who provided for their starter tools after graduation and recommendations for employment.

“Our school ensures hands on approach in teaching and we are very generous in terms of sharing the best techniques and tools to our students to make sure their gains are par excellence and beneficial for their future”, says Miss Joy Co, President of 1 AND ALL Technical School. “Rest assured that we will also continue sharing similar change stories of our graduates, to serve as an inspiration, to all of us working in community development”, she affirms.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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November 2021