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Cash subsidy recipients in Bolinao become entrepreneurs

Some 390 Pantawid Pamilya cash grant recipients in Bolinao, Pangasinan, have turned into entrepreneurs, as their livelihood projects funded through the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Social Welfare Department continue to grow. From being small-scale producers, the families were able to scale up their livelihood projects, after receiving a P5,000 capital assistance each from the SLP. Rochelle Pardon, 35-year-old mother of five children, is a dried “danggit” producer.  She is now earning at least P920 for 10.5 kilos of danggit produced in a day. She sells this at P280 per kilo, or P2,940 as her gross sales. Nory Lalaguna, a 48-year-old mother of eight children, is now earning an average of P500 a week for her shell craft making project. Recently, she produced 500 pieces of necklace bought by the Tourism Department. The SLP is a poverty reduction program of the government, along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Both programs are part of the convergence strategy of the Social Welfare Department. “This is proof that Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are not just passive recipients of cash grants. When given the needed assistance and motivation, they can also create their own income,” Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said. “The success of the beneficiaries also demonstrates that when programs are converged, there is better impact,” Soliman said. The SLP assists the conditional cash transfer beneficiaries by helping them establish microenterprises through the provision of loans and skills enhancement training. The program provides employment opportunities for non-entrepreneurial beneficiaries by linking them to private and public partners. The Social Welfare Department organized the self-employment assistance Kaunlaran Workers Association of Bolinao, a federation of  20 SEA-K groups composed of dried danggit producers.  The agency will assist the federation in setting-up the sheltered processing of danggit in Barangay Goyoden, Bolinao. The agency tapped partner-agencies to help the federation with production. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will train the danggit producers on fish processing, salting, drying and storage.
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