TWO years ago, 42% of Filipinos or 9.2 million families have rated themselves as poor, according to the Social Weather Station.
This has pushed the Department of Social Welfare and Development to open more opportunities through livelihood programs for Filipino families.
Former DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo encouraged poor families, especially non-4P (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) members to enroll in the government’s Sustainable Livelihood Programs, which let them undergo vocational trainings that will enhance their capabilities, boost their skills, competencies and even resources.
The assistance from SLP includes technical-vocational skills trainings, financial (for pre-employment requirements), short-term employment (that will help them to earn money for the development of business) and capital fund.
With an eye on improving the said program, Senator Loren Legarda motivated officials of the DSWD to “refine the systems and processes in implementing the agency’s SLP,” also suggesting that it must undergo a performance to audit to see if it “has really helped the poor families in terms of success or progress of their livelihood ventures.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment also has several livelihood programs such as KASAMA (Kabuhayan para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa, Nego-Kart, YES (Youth Entrepreneurship Support) Process Cycle and Kabuhayan Starter Kits.
KASAMA aims to prevent and eliminate child labor through livelihood programs for parents or guardians of child laborers. Participants are taught about marketability of a product or services.
The project Nego-Kart (Negosyo sa Kariton) will assist mobile vendors to learn how their existing business will grow into profitable and sustainable one.
Trainings are also given for production skills, entrepreneurship and business management.
The DOLE has partnered with educational institutions, local government units, government organizations, non-government organizations and concerned individuals to teach interested young entrepreneurs to become productive, resourceful, and self-reliant.
Its Kabuhayan Starter Kits program is intended for long-term unemployed individuals such as out-of-school youths, women, parents of child laborers, Indigenous People, physically/occupationally disabled, urban poor, elderly persons, landless farmers, OFW returnees, etc., to undergo trainings that will help them develop their production skills, entrepreneurship and business management. They will be also assisted to start, set up and operate their own businesses.
Other private organizations also offer different livelihood projects to give opportunities for Filipino citizens, who want to enhance and expand their skills and knowledge
Ang-Hortaleza (Splash) Foundation, Inc.
Free trainings are offered to parents or volunteers, who want to learn basic cosmetology with their “Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko” livelihood program through a five-day comprehensive course that includes trainings in hair cutting styles, hair coloring, hot oil application, manicure/pedicure, permanent hair winding and foot spa.
Aside from its campaign, “Sponsor A Child,” World Vision also aims to give every poor family in the Philippines, especially in rural areas, livelihood programs that will serve as their additional source of income. This will help families to provide for their basic needs such as food, shelter, health care, and education for the children.
The organization believes that these livelihood programs will serve as a way of providing for their children’s needs.
Spices and Foodmix House
On the other hand, the Spices and Foodmix House and HAPAG-ASA has joined forces to encourage folks, who want to engage in meat processing as their business, to attend seminars and trainings.
Villar SIPAG Farm
Senator Cynthia Villar has also conducted livelihood programs that are part of her non-profit foundation, which aims to “complement the entrepreneurial and agricultural developmental measures.”
Sen. Villar also established a water-lily processing, used to prevent flood, and for handicrafts like mats, bags, footwears and furniture.
Another one is the plastic school chair project, wherein plastic bottles are used to create school chairs.
Her foundation also has a coconut-husk processing plant that gives jobs to 42 families.
More livelihood programs are being established by the senator to provide jobs and opportunities for Filipino citizens.
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