Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DSWD pours P221.6 M
in SLP for Bohol’s poor

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) – There is an available P4.8 million fund for each town from the P221M which the government pours in Bohol. 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has it packed for livelihood support to the underprivileged, government social services sources said.

The facility, among the government’s cash-aid strategies, is called Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and can come in two tracks, explains DSWD Project Development Officer Sharmane Ronquillo.

According to Ronquillo, the SLP aims to provide sufficient and sustainable source of income to the poor for them to get opportunities feel the inclusive growth and walk away from poverty.

Or, the fund can help them get the skills and trainings that would land them jobs and earn for their needs.

In short, SLP is for micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation.

Prioritized for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries, the SLP is also available for families identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) and intends to help families get into micro enterprise development.

SLP’s key interventions include agribusiness and tourism, commodity clusters, tourism, partnerships, employment assistance and cash for building livelihood assets, DSWD said.

Through these, SLP seeks to improve the socio-economic status of the most vulnerable by enabling them to participate in production and labor markets through available resources from the government.

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, Ronquillo added that the P4.8 million opens up P2.4 million as cash grants for organizations putting up livelihood ventures, while another P2.4 million is set aside to help fund skills trainings and capacity building for them to be gainfully employed.

The fund is part of the P221,603,248 which the DSWD pours to Bohol to help those people legitimately identified as needing help, she added during the radio forum aired live over DyTR.

Earlier, the NHTS PR identified some 10,992 households eligible for the funding, the project development officer said.

At the same forum, Ronquillo and her team who just came from a fund release of P4.7 million to assist communities in Tubigon town, said the fund released can be individual interventions.

The DSWD however prefers to give the grant to groups, to ascertain responsibility and accountability in the community.

By grant, the beneficiaries do not necessarily pay for the capital, but they have to work to make the capital sustain and profit, DSWD said. 

Ronquillo said in Bohol, so far microbusiness groups have been into SLPs funding hog raising or swine production as well as into general merchandise. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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