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A farmer daughter is now a licensed agriculturist

Valencia City, Bukidnon — Rechelle Lacorte, 22 of Purok 1, Tongantongan here grew up in a farm where his parents have been cultivating since her childhood.

Rechelle’s parents did not own the land. They are tenants whose income is dependent on the farm labor and on their share of the income of the produce.

Rechelle have witnessed the sufferings of her parents and neighbors brought about by poverty for years. However, she saw it as an opportunity for her growth and understanding.

Rechelle Lacorte at the Department of Agriculture Office 10 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Challenges in studies

It was not easy for Rechelle to get academic opportunities. She had to face and endure the financial predicaments from elementary up to college because of lack.

“It was not new to me whenever there was a delay in my allowance, or if I didn’t receive any,” Rechelle said, adding that the struggles went on until her college days.

“When I have lots of requirements, my parents would even ask her where to source out the money to buy those,” explained Rechelle.

“Moana gyud si Mama nako, asa nato ni kwaon ang pampalit ani, nak? Ang allowance ra gyud nimo atong gisaligan and wala pay harvest diri sa ato,” Rechelle disclosed. (My mother would ask me where to find money to buy [for my requirements in school]. We are only dependent on your allowance and it’s not even harvest season yet).

Rechelle was referring to the scholarship she earned from several grants during her college days due to her meritorious academic achievement since elementary.

I was raised and was able to send to school through tenant farming and with the help of some scholarships offered by the government like the Provincial Scholarship Program of Governor Jose Maria F. Zubiri and the Academic Scholarship of Central Mindanao University in first year and third year in college.

“But, then at the end of the day, problems and challenges made me a strong person. I took that as an inspiration to get high grades and to excel in academics, said Rechelle who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness Management at Central Mindanao University, Maramag, Bukidnon in 2016.

Pantawid Pamilya helps her achieve her dream

“Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) helped me a lot to pursue my dreams and it became a very big part of where I am today,” declared Rechelle, who is now a licensed agriculturist.

“I know there is nothin in this world that can pay how indebted I am to ESGP-PA (Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation),” said Rechelle, adding that, “ESGP-PA came at the time when my parents decided that they could no longer enroll me in fourth year college.”

ESGP-PA is a college scholarship program of DSWD, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Under the program, a student-grantee who is a 4Ps beneficiary is entitled to a maximum grant of P60,000 per school year or P30,000 per semester for tuition and other school fees, textbooks or other learning materials, and stipend.

“Of all the scholarships I have enjoyed, ESGP-PA was really a great help to those students like me that come from poor families. My parents’ joint income was not enough and in the last three semesters in college in 2016, finances really mattered,” said Rechelle.

“ESGP-PA serves as a light to a path where I want to be, a road to success where at the end I want my parents proud, happy and will have a comfortable living, let them rest and let me do all the things they’ve done for me and pay them back with something good for all their hardships,” said a teary-eyed Rechelle.

Rechelle claimed that she has to pay back her parents for enduring the heat of the sun in tilling the farm just to earn money for her allowance and all just for her to earn a degree.

Rechelle disclosed that ESGP-PA also helped her pass the Licensure Examination for Agriculturists. She reviewed at Aim to Top Review Center for free, sponsored by the ESGP-PA, through the efforts of the Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon.

Rechelle Lacorte with General Services Section Chief Engr. Lolita A. Galenzoga of the Administrative and Finance Division of the Department of Agriculture 10.

Dedicating success to parents, 4Ps

“I dedicate my success to my parents and to others who have extended a helping hand so that I can reach my dreams, to ESGP-PA of 4Ps and to our Almighty Father,” said Rechelle when asked where to dedicate her success.

A degree holder and a registered agriculturist, Rechelle is currently working at the Department of Agriculture Region 10. She is assigned to the Administrative and Finance Division of the General Services Section of the regional office.

She plans to take up technical-vocational courses related to agriculture. She also plans to take and pass the Civil Service Examination.

She is hoping she will meet 4Ps beneficiaries who are now enrolled in college in order to share her story and inspire them to strive hard in their studies.

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4Ps beneficiary is now a public school teacher

MARAMAG, Bukidnon — Finishing her college education is the only way out for Charmaine T. Noynay of Purok 4, Base Camp here from a life filled with hardship.

Charmaine, a public secondary school teacher at Bukidnon National School of Home Industries (BNSHI), is a former Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary.

Finishing her college education is the only way out for Charmaine T. Noynay of Purok 4, Base Camp here from a life filled with hardship. Charmaine, a public secondary school teacher at Bukidnon National School of Home Industries (BNSHI), is a former Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary. Among six siblings, Charmaine is the first to finish college at the Central Mindanao University in 2016.

Among six siblings, Charmaine is the first to finish college at the Central Mindanao University in 2016.

“I have three siblings who finished high school, but did not continue to college due to our financial instability,” she said, adding that it was her dream to finish her tertiary education and improve the well-being of her family.

“As the fourth child, it has always been my dream to finish my studies no matter what it takes. It has come to me that my family’s future has to change, especially with my two younger siblings,” Charmaine said.

She builds a house

When she got her first pay, Charmaine started to buy construction materials for her dream house here.

Erected beside the older house, Charmaine still can’t believe that her dream of building a new house for her family is now a reality.

Construction is still on going

The Provincial Schools Division of Bukidnon of the Department of Education hired Charmaine after she passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers last year and assigned her to handle Mathematics subjects at BNSHI here.

A life filled of hardship

Her father is a farmer-laborer, while her mother is a housewife.

“We belong to the poverty line and that is very evident in our household. We are eight in the family. My father is a farmer-laborer and my mother is a housewife,” Charmaine disclosed.

“When I was about to graduate in 2016, my father was only earning P300 a week and that’s not even fixed. My mother was earning as well but only for our daily needs,” said Charmaine.

“My first two years in the university was the hardest years of my life. My allowance was not constant. Sometimes, I don’t even have an allowance. No matter how much I budget my money, it is still not enough. I always borrow photo copies from my classmates so I could study for our tests,” she said, adding that, “but no matter how difficult it was, I had always prayed for strength so I could keep going.”

“My academics have never been easy also. I may not be that intelligent but I always study hard so I could maintain my grades and still be in the scholarship program of the university,” Charmaine explained.

ESGP-PA helps her achieve dream

It was in her third year in college when she became a beneficiary of the Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

The ESGPPA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program (4Ps), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

“The program helped me a lot especially on my allowance and school fees. I was assured that I could continue my studies and finish it on time because the program is very generous to the grantees,” Charmaine said.

Charmaine considered the program as her greatest blessing during her college years.

“My life has become better after I graduated and I am grateful for the program for helping me reach my dreams. I do hope the program (4Ps) will continue to help a lot of students who dream not just for themselves, but for their family also and for the country’s future as a whole,” said Charmaine.

“Yes, I graduated Cum Laude, but the success wasn’t mine alone. The success was mine to share with my beloved family, who were my greatest motivators and inspirations and to the persons behind the amazing program which aided my education,” continued Charmaine.

“I pray that the program will continue to serve the poor, but deserving students,” said Charmaine, thanking God for her achievement.

Charmaine is currently taking her master’s degree at CMU. She is planning to finish a doctorate degree to earn a title as a statistician of the Department of Education.

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PAHIBALO!

Gapadayon ang pagbayad karon sa mga cash grants sa benepisaryo sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4ps) nga ilalom sa over-the-counter.

Apan dili kini dungan o sulod lang sa usa ka adlaw tungod kay adunay skedyul nga gisunod nga natakda sa matag munisipyo ug dakbayan.

Ang gibayaran nga cash grants mao ang nasunod nga mga kondisyones sa benepisaryo sa 4Ps sa bulan lang sa Enero 2018 nga ilalom sa Period 6 nga pay-out.

Wala malakip ang bulan sa Disyembre 2017. Kahibaloan, ang Period 6 nag-cover sa bulan sa Disyembre 2017 ug Enero 2018.

Ang rason nganong wala malakip ang bulan sa Disyembre 2017 mao ang pag-uli sa kwarta nga na-alokar sa maong bulan sa wala pa matapos ang Disyembre 2017 gikan sa DSWD Central Office ngadto sa Bureau of Treasury tungod sa balaod nga gipatuman nga wala nay continuing funds alang sa 4Ps sugod niadto 2017.

Ang DBM (Department of Budget and Management) mao ang nagpatuman sa balaod nga wala nay continuing funds ang 4Ps sugod niadtong 2017. Nagpasabot, nga i-uli ang naka-alokar nga budget gikan sa DSWD Central Office ngadto sa Bureau of Treasury kung dili kini magamit sulod sa maong tuig.

Wala malakip ang Disyembre 2017 sa pagbayad sa tuig 2017 tungod gikinahanglan pa nga susihon ang pagsunod sa mga kondisyones sa benepisaryo sulod sa tibuok bulan sa Disyembre 2017 pinaagi sa compliance verification system, nga mao ang basihan sa paghatag sa cash grants sa benepisaryo sumala sa ilang pagsunod.

Sa pagkakaron, na-request na sa DSWD Central Office ngadto sa Department of Budget and Management ang na-alokar nga budget alang sa Disyembre 2017 aron mabalik ug mabayad kini ngadto sa mga benepisaryo.

Ang DSWD Field Office 10 igo lang mipatuman sa programa sa 4Ps. Ang budget alang sa cash grants sa mga benepisaryo anaa sa Land Bank of the Philippines nga gidrekta og download gikan sa DSWD Central Office ug makagawas lang kini paingon sa mga benepisaryo, panahon nga magbayad na sa cash grants.

Nagpasabot nga dili na moagi ang pundo sa DSWD Field Offices, sama sa DSWD Field Office 10. Busa, dili mahilabtan ang pundo ni bisan kinsa.

 

 

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DSWD: Political candidates cannot enroll or delist 4Ps beneficiaries

PRESS RELEASE
May 5, 2018

DSWD: Political candidates cannot enroll or delist 4Ps beneficiaries
The Department of Social Welfare and Development is reminding the public, especially the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) that no political candidate or incumbent politicians can enroll and include poor families to or delist them from the Program.
According to Nestor B. Ramos, Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office X, said that only the agency can include poor families to the Program, and can delist beneficiaries from it.
“The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a poverty reduction initiative of the national government. It is being implemented with other national government agencies and with non-government organizations and civil society groups which are helping us monitor the implementation of the program. Our political candidates have no hold in the inclusion and exclusion processes of 4Ps,” Ramos explains.
He further stated that the DSWD no longer enroll families to the program since it has already conducted its second round household assessment last 2015 through Listahanan – the national household targeting system of the national government that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. “We have already finalized our list of beneficiaries for the 4Ps, and we are now making sure that these families are benefitting from the Program through their children’s education and health.”
“Should there be families who are not included in the Program but still needing assistance from DSWD, we have other social protection programs that can cater to their needs such as the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Social Pension, Assistance for Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), among others. We would be happy to assist them provided that they fall under the qualifications of the programs we have,” he added.
The DSWD assures the 4Ps beneficiaries that they can exercise their right to suffrage during this coming elections without the fear of being delisted from the program.
To date, there are 268,503 active beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Northern Mindanao. xxx

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD
Approved by:

NESTOR B. RAMOS
Regional Direc

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Community volunteers converge for Panagtapok 2018

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gathered more than 200 community volunteers under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services: National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) during the first Regional Community Volunteers’ Congress dubbed as “Panagtapok 2018”, March 26-28, at the Chali Beach Resort, Cagayan de Oro City.

The 225 Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP community volunteers represent 45 municipalities of Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon combined.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers showcased their talents in different creative presentations depicting their experiences, hardships, heartaches, successes, and hopes in the implementation of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP in Northern Mindanao during Panagtapok 2018 – Regional Community Volunteers’ Congress, March 26-28, Chali Beach Resort. (DSWD Photo)

Panagtapok is a venue for the community-volunteers from the different provinces of Northern Mindanao to converge and share their experiences in the implementation of the Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP, as well as a venue for them to showcase their success stories that could promote Community-Driven Development (CDD) as one of the key poverty alleviation strategies of the government.

Hernanito Eduria, a community volunteer from Barangay Vista Villa in Sumilao, Bukidnon, said “daghan kayo ko og na-meet nga mga kaubang volunteers, didto daghan nga topics ang gihisgutan para ma-enhance ang capability sa mga volunteers, despite nga ako BAC (Bids and Awards Committee) head lamang – akong mga kauban sa grupo mga BSPMC (Barangay Sub-project Management Committee) chairpersons, nalipay ko kay daghan sila og na-share sa akoa, at the same time aduna sad ako’y nahatag sa ila nga maayo nga opinion mahitungod sa BAC (I met a lot of fellow volunteers, there were a lot of topics discussed to enhance the capability of the volunteers, despite being just a BAC head – and my groupmates were BSPMC chairpersons, I was happy that they shared a lot of experiences with me, at the same time I too gave them my opinion regarding BAC).”

Hernanito enthused “abi nako ako ra maoy gamay ra og experience sa Kalahi-CIDSS, pero nakatag pud ko og advice sa ila og nakita nako nga makatabang kani sa ila (I thought I was the only one there who had little experience with Kalahi-CIDSS, but I was able to give the others some advice and I think it will help them a lot).”

He further notes that “uyon kaayo ko nga i-adopt sa mga LGU (Local Government Units) and CDD (Community-Driven Development), kay diha sa CDD nakita ug na-experience gyud namo ang proseso sa pagsuta sa problema, diri pud namo nahibal-an kung unsa gyud among gi-kinahanglan, ug unsay angay sa amo nga project – kabalo mi nga paghuman og implementar ug pagkumpleto sa project – amo gyud nga magamit (I really agree that the LGUs should adopt CDD, because it is in CDD that we have experienced the process of finding what the problem is, here we also knew what we really needed, and what project is suitable for us – we know that once the project is implemented and completed – we could really use it).”

“Para sa akong mga kapwa-volunteers – dasig lang gyud ta!, dili gyud ta musurender kai ang atong mabuhat karon mahimo kining legend sa ato-a, wala man tay salapi nga mahatag para tabang sa atong barangay pero ang atong kusog, atong kapasidad, mao ni atong ikapaambit nga para nay matukod nga improvement sa atong barangay – mahimo tang makatabang ani, ug umaabot sa damlag nga panahon, ang atong mga kabataan makapahimulos niini – ug tanan atong nakat-unan paagi sa  trainings nga gihatag sa ato sa Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP ato pud ipasa sa atong mga kabataan, aron matudluan sila nga ang CDD mao atong gamiton nga proseso sa pag-implementar sa mga programa sa barangay (To my fellow volunteers – we should keep pushing! We should never give up because what we do now will become legendary. We may not have money to give and help our barangay, but our strength and capacity is what we can contribute to build some improvements in our barangay – we can help this way. And when time the comes, our children will really enjoy this – and all the learnings through trainings that was given to us by Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP should be passed on to our children. That way we can teach them to use the CDD process should be used in implementing programs of the barangay) concludes Hernanito.

Once the Concreting of a 0.27 kilometer Barangay Access Road in Barangay Vista Villa is completed a total of 611 households, 149 of which are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries, will benefit from the community sub-project, this as their current road is muddy and slippery during rains making it difficult for trucks and vehicles to transport farmers’ crops and produce, furthermore, several vehicles have already encountered accidents here.

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Mumar dela Cruz addresses the community volunteers in attendance during the Regional Community Volunteers’ Congress, Chali Beach Resort, March 26-28, 2018. Director Dela Cruz is hopeful that the volunteers will remain enthusiastic and happy in implementing the community sub-projects under the Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP, and reminds everyone that in unity – there is strength. (DSWD Photo)

Director Aldersey Mumar dela Cruz, Assistant Regional Director for Operations of the DSWD, said to the volunteers “ang pagpahigayon sa volunteers’ congress sa Region 10, dugay na nako kini nga damgo, dugay nasad kini nga damgo sa mga volunteers nag magkahiusa, hinaot nga magpabilin inyong kadasig ug kalipay, ikaw, ako, kitang tanan maghiniusa – padayon! (the conduct of the volunteers’ congress for Region 10 has been a long-time dream of mine, this is also the dream of the volunteers to gather and unite, I hope that your enthusiasm and happiness will remain, you, me, all of us unite – move forward!).”

The Volunteers’ Congress concluded on a high note with the volunteers showcasing their talents in different creative presentations depicting their experiences, hardships, heartaches, successes, and hopes in the implementation of the Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP in Northern Mindanao.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Y Uy, DSWD

Nievan B Llacuna, Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson of Barangay Sindangan, Talisayan, Misamis Oriental shares his experiences in the implementation of the community sub-projects in their area during Panagtapok 2018 – Regional Community Volunteers’ Congress, March 26-28, Chali Beach Resort. Llacuna is a teacher by profession, and volunteering is his way of giving back to the community. Nievan is also part of the region’s delegation to the National Community Volunteers’ Congress in Manila, August 2017, sponsored by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Management Office. (DSWD Photo)

 

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Sub-Regional Program Coordinator (SRPC) for Misamis Oriental Engr. Abobacar Tocalo lectures on the importance of a Local Government Unit (LGU) – led Community-Driven Development programs or projects. SRPC Tocalo also emphasized the importance of pushing for the integration, adoption and/or institutionalization of the CDD process in the local governments, especially in the barangays, as this will lead to an empowered community that helps in nation building. (DSWD Photo)

 

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DSWD: 4Ps are free to decide during elections

Workers of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 remind all the program beneficiaries that they are free to decide, choose, and express their beliefs and rights relative to the upcoming barangay elections through their monthly Family Development Session (FDS), such as this in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.

During the FDS, DSWD workers promote the beneficiaries’ rights to participate in the electoral process, but, emphasize to them that the program shall not be used for advancing political campaigns of any candidate, group, political parties, and the likes during the entire election period.

(Text by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer and Photos by Norhaina Abdulrahman Macala, City Link of El Salvador City.)

 

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4Ps grantee overcomes anti-social behavior, graduates cum laude

Sheremie Canunayon holds her medals inside her boarding house in Cagayan de Oro City, a day after her graduation at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines. (DSWD Photo)

Cagayan de Oro City — Success belongs to those who try to take every opportunity that comes their way, even if they fail than by regretting for not trying. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary Sheremie Canunayon, 20, believes in this.

Finishing a degree in Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education majoring in Mathematics, Sheremie received the highest honors as Cum Laude during the recent commencement exercises of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Main Campus here.

Second to the last or sixth of the seven Canunayon siblings of Purok Sunflower B, Bal-ason, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, some 136.50 kilometers east off the city; Sheremie did not expect to earn such honor during her graduation.

“I didn’t expect to receive such award. What I did was I never wasted the opportunity given to me by DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and CHED (Commission on Higher Education) through the Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA). I worked and studied hard to make my family happy,” she said.

When she was in her early elementary years, Sheremie claimed that she was anti-social. She didn’t want to make friends with most of her classmates. She was aloof.

However, she was quick to add that she only had few friends, who were also academic achievers like her.

It was during their frequent group studies that made her realize that she needed people around her, to support her in reaching her goals.

Sheremie disclosed that her teacher in high school inspired to participate in school and community activities to further honed her skills and abilities. This made her more active in school and in her community.

The close supervision of her parents and teachers in high school, she claimed, slowly changed her ways before, from being aloft to being participative in school and friendly with people around her.

‘ESGPPA a good investment in education’

Sheremie Canunayon with her sisters and brother inside her boarding house in Cagayan de Oro City. (DSWD Photo)

Sheremie considers her degree as a ticket to live out of poverty.

A scholar of ESGPPA since her first year at USTP, Sheremie said the program is “something that every 4Ps beneficiaries must be proud of.”

She said both ESGPPA and Pantawid Pamilya are good investments of the national government to the poor families, adding that, “education is my ticket to live out of poverty.”

Like any Pantawid beneficiary, she experienced difficulties in life. It never occurred to them that anyone in the family could reach college. Yet the sheer determination has been her driving force to finish her studies.

“I was so lucky then that I was included in the list of ESGPPA scholars. Because of that, my dream became a reality, big time,” Sheremie shared.

She did excel in her studies and even in extra-curricular activities. Despite her rather hectic schedule, she found time to be with her family to go to church.

Sheremie hoped that 4Ps will continue to help more indigent students to finish a college degree and make their dreams come true like her.

Sheremie is one of the 1,940 ESGPPA scholars in Northern Mindanao.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spearheaded the implementation of ESGPPA.

A student-grantee receives a maximum of P60,000 scholarship grant per school year or P30,000 per semester. This is broken down to P20,000/year Tuition Fee Cost, P5,000/year Textbook Fees and other learning materials, and P35,000 (that is, P3,500/month x 10 months) stipend (for board and lodging, transportation, clothing, health/medical needs, basic school supplies and other related costs.

Sheremie Canunayon browses her graduation photos with her sister.

The 4Ps is a human development measure of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children aged 0-18. It is patterned after the conditional cash transfer (CCT) schemes in Latin American and African countries, which have lifted millions of people around the world from poverty.

The DSWD is the lead government agency of the 4Ps.

Pantawid Pamilya is only one of the poverty reduction strategies of the national government implemented by the DSWD, with the primary aim to break the intergenerational poverty cycle.

In Northern Mindanao, there are more than 270,000 household active beneficiaries of the program.

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DSWD monitors OFW families

Valencia City, Bukidnon — The City Action Team of DSWD Field Office 10 here gathers the spouses of Overseas Filipino Workers to follow up their situation.

The 16 OFWs are all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries who were able to work in Oman and Kuwait as domestic helpers after undergoing skills training and employment facilitation by the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD, in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Multi-Star International.

The DSWD, Public Employment and Services Office of Valencia City, Aboitiz Construction, and the Department of Labor and Employment will schedule another job fair for all 4Ps and SLP beneficiaries on April 26-27, 2018 here.

Written by Oliver B. Inodeo, DSWD

(Photo credit to Francis John Flores, Project Development Officer of Sustainable Livelihood Program in Valencia City.)

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