Program staff remind the IP beneficiaries that the starter kits aims to provide support in the upliftment of their livelihood.
Program staff remind the IP beneficiaries that the starter kits aims to provide support in the upliftment of their livelihood.

San Fernando, Romblon – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa through its Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) of Pantawid Pamilya provided starter kits to create fishnets to 46 Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

The MCCT for IPs of the Pantawid Pamilya is an extensive coverage of program to reach the poorest of the poor who are not being served in the regular Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program. In region MiMaRoPa, the ones covered were specifically the IPs who resides in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).

The MCCT differed in implementation design by offering Support Services Intervention (SSI) for livelihood aside from the regular benefits of receiving cash grants of Php300 educational grant/child/month (for 10 school months) and Php500 health grant/month.

IP beneficiaries strike a pose after receiving their starter kits. There are 28 recipients from Brgy. Agtiwa.
IP beneficiaries strike a pose after receiving their starter kits. There are 28 recipients from Brgy. Agtiwa.

The SSI component of MCCT aims to provide additional assistance to improve the current living condition of the IP families and communities. The livelihoods identified were coordinated with the program staff and community facilitators based on the needs of the community.

Moreover, the beneficiaries went through a skills training early February of this year to teach them on how to assemble their own fishnets. They were also taught on how to properly repair damages to ensure use of the fishnets in the long-run.

The 46 IP beneficiaries who are from the Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid ethnic group are from the four barangays of Agtiwa (28), Azagra (5), Canjalon (2) and Otod (11).

In addition, each beneficiary received one set of starter kit. For fishnets with smaller holes, the starter kit consists of the following materials: 2,000 pcs. of sandal floaters (pataw), 18 kilos of led sinker (tingga), 3 kilos of nylon floaters, 2 kilos of nylon threads, and twine threads (pantahi).

IP beneficiaries show excited faces after receiving their starter kits. There are a total of 18 IP beneficiaries combined from the Brgys. of Azagra, Canjalon and Otod.
IP beneficiaries show excited faces after receiving their starter kits. There are a total of 18 IP beneficiaries combined from the Brgys. of Azagra, Canjalon and Otod.

For ones with bigger holes (PAMU), the materials given were: 200 pcs. of sandal floaters, 4 kilos of led sinker, 5 rolls of rope floater and sinker, 2 kilos of nylon thread, and 2 pcs. of twine thread.

The total amount of starter kits provided in the municipality of San Fernando is Php858,830.

Other SSI for livelihood like organic farming, goat raising/production, seaweeds production, mudcrab fattening, etc are scheduled to be given in other provinces until May. ###

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