The entrepreneurial triumph of the Proceso Family in Panalsalan, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental serves as a testament to the transformative power of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The family’s extraordinary journey from humble beginnings to the bamboo craft’s success captures the hearts of their neighbors and program stakeholders.

Back in 2008, the Proceso Family became the 4Ps beneficiary. At that time, the family encountered financial instability.

Today, their story is an inspiring beacon of hope for the entire community. 

The dawn of a new beginning

Residing in a small yet resilient household, the couple, blessed with two children actively pursuing education, faced the challenges of a non-permanent income. 

Undeterred, they took a proactive step, investing their hard-earned two hundred pesos into a string beans garden, ensuring a reliable source of income to support their children’s educational needs.

In 2016, fueled by the spirit of entrepreneurship instilled by the 4Ps through the Family Development Session, the couple expanded their horizons by venturing into the bamboo craft business. 

With an initial capital of P10,000, sourced from their string beans garden profits, they commenced crafting intricate bamboo furniture. 

Their unwavering dedication and prudent savings habits bore fruit, empowering them to secure a significant loan of P200,000 from the Bank of Hope in 2019.

The bamboo craft business, a testament to their resilience, has flourished and become a beacon of inspiration for the entire community. 

Making an Amakan, a woven bamboo, is one of the bamboo crafts of the Proceso Family in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.

The success

The business provides them a maximum monthly sales of P50,000 and a minimum of P20,000. 

As their business grew, the couple decided to share their success. They hired skilled individuals to handle production.

The Proceso Family opens their bamboo shop daily in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.

In a remarkable gesture, the family employed 4Ps beneficiaries, paying forward the support they once received.

From relying on a string beans garden for sustenance to becoming pillars of the local economy through their bamboo craft business, the Proceso Family epitomizes the spirit of perseverance and innovation that defines the heart of Barangay Panalsalan. 

4Ps Municipal Link Richel Junio said the family’s journey is a living tribute to the life-changing possibilities that arise when communities are empowered through programs like 4Ps.

She said the family demonstrates that dreams can turn into reality with resilience, hard work, and community support.

The couple thanked for the program; for fourteen years, they benefited from the grants they received.

The program, the wife said, has made a significant contribution to their success.

After graduating from the program, the couple urged 4Ps beneficiaries to continue exerting efforts to uplift their condition.

They said the beneficiaries must complement the cash grants with hard work and prayer.

DSWD Field Office X validated the household on August 15, 2008, under Set 1A. 

4Ps recently identified the family as non-poor or has reached the Self-Sufficient Level 3 well-being.