DSWD Marinduque Strengthens Partnership with the LGU

The Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA, through the Social Welfare and Development Team of Marinduque, paid a visit to the newly-elected governor Hon. Plesbitero J. Velasco Jr. on September 25, 2019 at the Marinduque Provincial Capitol. Helen Alcoba, SWADT Leader, headed the courtesy call as she discussed the overview and status of the program implementation of the province.

Gov. Velasco expressed his support and noted that program beneficiaries should have their own livelihood that can support their families. He said he is willing to provide logistics support to the programs and services of the department. ###

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Adonis Analista, Provincial Coordinator, Marinduque

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SLP MIMAROPA Conducts PRIME SLP

Anchored on the principle of SIBOL (Solidarity and Innovations in Bridging Opportunities for Livelihoods), the Sustainable Livelihood Program MIMAROPA conducted the PRIME SLP (Pride and Responsibility in Implementing and Monitoring Employment and Enterprises in the Sustainable Livelihood Program), a learning and development intervention for the Project Development Officers of the region.

The program started with a refresher discussion on project implementation and monitoring followed by the outline of responsibilities for the second semester. Implementing PDOs are still set to perform the facilitation of grants for CY 2016 to 2018, monitoring of participants and projects for CY 2017-2018, and disbursement of grants for CY 2019. Meanwhile, Monitoring PDOs must perform the accomplishment of monitoring database system and monitoring of final assessment of several projects in 2017.

Regional Program Management Office specialists facilitated focus group discussions to gather the implementation and monitoring issues which hurdle the whole program implementation. Some of the issues that surfaced include the insufficient staff complement and logistical concerns.

Part of the program is another refresher discussion on technical writing. Based on the result of the learning need assessment, PDOs need intervention on written communication. Thus, the discussion focused on introducing the learners to key technical writing concepts that can help them write reports, document good practice and other knowledge products, and even aid in their general line of work.

Another major topic discussed is the Grievance Redress System of the program. Aside from the process, some of the appropriate actions to manage concerns were highlighted. Assistant Regional Director for Administration Joel Mijares reminded the implementers to be conscious and cautious during the whole program implementation.

The activity aims to provide an avenue for PDOs to further understand the concepts of project implementation and monitoring, analyze the issues and concerns, comprehend the Grievance Redress System, and apply the management of cases. ###

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SLP Occidental Mindoro Pilots Conduct of Training for LGU Livelihood Workers

The Sustainable Livelihood Program in MIMAROPA piloted the conduct of learning and development intervention for the 14 livelihood workers in Occidental Mindoro, with the support of the local government unit headed by Governor Eduardo Gadiano. The initiative was held on August 28-29, 2019 at Maru’s Food Lounge and Beachfront in Mamburao.

Last 2018 has been a challenge for the program as they have experienced a significant budget cut. This led to the downsize in the workforce from 195 to 56 staff across the region.

To aid the insufficient number of staff, the program thought of maximizing the role of livelihood workers provided by the LGU. They were introduced to the SLP guidelines and implementation process. This strategy aimed to provide a more efficient and effective service to program participants.

Mr. Alwyn M. Tulaylay, Provincial Coordinator of SLP Occidental Mindoro, headed the discussion of various program guidelines which the livelihood workers should be adept to. Also, Government Sector Partnerships Officer Ronaldo Meneses discussed the SLP Theory of Change and the concept of community organizing.

To level off the responsibilities of the livelihood workers, Mr. Tulaylay discussed the terms of reference. Livelihood workers are expected to assist in preparatory activities for program implementation; engage in social preparation and other capacity-building activities; mobilize resources for complementary and/or supplementary interventions from public and private sector stakeholders; conduct monitoring activities with community groups, leaders, and/or volunteers; and monitor and report project implementation to the PDO utilizing available tools and others materials as may be provided for such purposes.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is one of the core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It responds to the challenges of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. It is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the program participants’ socio-economic status. It is vital in alleviating poverty due to its focus on capacity-building and provision of appropriate financial and technical assistance to the program participants. ###

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Ang mga Biik, Sisiw, at Sibuyas ni Lizilita: Isang Kwento ng PagSIBOL

“Mula sa tatlong biik mula sa SLP, nakapagpundar pa ako ng mga sisiw, at nang makapag-ipon pa ay nakapagsimula din ako ng sibuyasan,” ani Lizilita Ross, benepisyaryo ng Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Hindi naging madali kay Lizilita na bumangon mula sa pagkaka-aksidente ng kanyang asawa kung saan siya ay gumastos ng higit sa isandaang libong piso. Kinailangan niyang bunuin ang halagang iyon upang maipagamot ang kanyang asawa sa isang espesyalista. Bilang isang trabahador sa resort na kumikita ng Php 5200.00 kada buwan, naging masigasig siya sa paghahanap ng iba pang mapagkakakitaan upang mapunan ang lahat ng kanilang gastusin.

Nang maipakilala sa kanya ang SLP, tanging galak ang kanyang naging tugon. “Excited po ako dahil hindi pa man lang nangyayari, interesado na talaga ako,” ani niya. Ipinagpaliban niya ang dapat sana niyang pupuntahan upang makadalo sa pagtitipon ng SLP. Hindi naman siya nabigo nang makapasok siya sa programa. Nabigyan siya ng tatlong biik bilang panimulang kapital.

Matapos ang tatlong buwan ng pag-aalaga, naibenta niya ang mga ito sa halagang Php 23,000.00 sa kabuuan. Bilang isang matalinong negosyante, bumili pa ulit siya ng apat na biik at limampung sisiw para sa ikalawang cycle. Nang maipagbili ang mga alaga, umabot sa halos Php 40,000.0 ang kanyang kinita. Mula dito ay naipagawa na niya ang kanilang bintana at nakapagpa-tiles ng sahig.

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa ikalimang cycle na siya kung saan naipagbili niya ang tatlong baboy at isandaang manok sa halagang Php 50,000.00 sa kabuuan. Ang Php 20,000 dito ay ginamit niya sa pagtatanim ng sibuyas. Hindi naman siya nagkamali sa pamumuhunan sapagkat ito ay kumita ng Php 224,000.00 noong anihan. Kaya naman, nabili na niya ang katabing lote ng kanilang kasalukuyang bahay.

“Naranasan ko na walang bigas, walang kape. Ang mga anak ko naglalakad sa kainitan makapasok lamang sa paaralan. Ang bahay namin ay dampa. Kahit ako ay hindi makapaniwala na kaya naman palang umangat kahit kaunti basta pursigido ka sa buhay. Ngayon, ang mga anak ko de-serbis na. Ang bahay namin kahit papaano ay sementado na. Naibili ko din ng tricycle na pampasada ang asawa ko. Ang mga kapitbahay ko napapahiram ko na din minsan sa oras ng pangangailangan,” ani niya.

“Pag binigyan ka ng kabuhayan, mahalin mo,” ito ang tanging payo ni Lizilita sa mga katulad niyang nagsimula sa maliit na negosyo na napalago dahil sa sipag at tiwala sa kakayahan. Tunay ngang ang pagpupursigi ang magiging sandata ng sinumang nagnanais na umangat ang kabuhayan. ###

 

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No excuses for the PWD who makes things PosSIBOL

Naujan, Oriental Mindoro — “Tinitingnan ko lang po ‘yung picture, alam ko na kung paano gawin,” answered Ronjo Cayetano, the elected secretary of Creations SLP Association, when asked about his inspiration in handicraft making.

The association is a startup microenterprise established by 15 members based in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. Colorful bags and wallets made of plastic straw can be found in their production center. Mga Likha ni Inay, Inc., the marketing program of CARD-Business Development Service Foundation Inc., is one of their target markets for their products. They have already made initial communication with the foundation to assist in product selling.

“Si Ronjo ang isa sa mga pinakamasipag na trabahador dito sa SLPA. Kahit na mayroon siyang kapansanan, tuloy-tuloy lang ang paggawa niya. Hindi siya dumadaing,” said Gliceria Castillo, the association president who supervises him at work.

“It was an Accident”

Everything was fine for Ronjo, 23 years old, until the year 2010. At that time, he was a 1st year high school student in Naujan. “Nakaupo ako sa garden kasama ‘yung mga kaklase ko. Naghaharutan at nagtutulakan sila ‘nung aksidente akong nabagsakan sa likod ng isa kong kaklase,” he narrated. “Kinapos ako ng hininga sa simula kasi yung likuran ko ‘yung napwersa. Tapos after noon um-okay naman na kaya akala namin wala ng problema,” he added.

Few months after, Ronjo transferred school from Naujan to Batangas since his brother based in Batangas will support his studies. Since then, everyday felt different for him. “Isang beses nagpunta ako sa kapatid ko tapos pagbaba ko ng jeep napaihi na lang ako sa shorts,” said Ronjo as he narrates how he lost his bladder control which he relates to his previous accident. “Nakauwi na ako sa bahay tapos kinabukasan paggising ko tatayo sana ako para pumasok sa school pero bumagsak na lang ako. Hindi na nakatayo tapos tuluyan na ‘yun,” he said. He was diagnosed with scoliosis and later on Pott’s disease, a form of tuberculosis seen in the vertebrae. The doctor advised him to undergo spinal bracing which costs Php 100,000.00, but he and his family had no amount of money then. “Natakot po ang inay dahil malabo daw ang chance na gumaling at makalakad pa ako kaya inuwi na lang ako dito sa Mindoro,” he narrated.

No Excuses

Ronjo got depressed for what happened to him which resulted to sudden weight loss. “Yung aksidente never ako nanisi ng tao sa nangyari sa’kin. Hindi niya sinadya. Iniisip ko na kapalaran ko ito at binigay sa’kin. Kelangan ko ito paglabanan,” he said. Watching online inspirational videos helped him cope with his depression. He also reads bible and became an active member of the church. 

Before the livelihood intervention of DSWD, Ronjo is already active in handicraft making, particularly origami. He learned this while browsing art magazines during his fourth grade. “Mahilig na talaga akong magkutingting kaya noong napilay ako, mas in-improve ko na lang ang mga nalalaman ko sa mga gawang-kamay,” he said. Some of his works include paper swan, pencil holder, minions, peacock, and flower vase. It was in 2015 when he totally pursued his craft. He messaged the page of Origami Pilipinas to ask for employment but instead the association provided him with a capital assistance worth Php 2000.00 for the materials needed in origami. He posts his creations in his Facebook page, Ronjo’s Paper Art.

Knowing his skills in handicraft making, his neighbor asked him if he is interested to join the Creations SLPA and he certainly enlisted for it. “Na-discover ko na marami na pala akong nagagawa kahit naka-wheelchair ako,” said Ronjo. Aside from handicraft making, he also enrolled in Alternative Learning System of Department of Education and attended trainings on basic accounting and bookkeeping. A few months ago, he also earned his Contact Center Services National Certificate (NC) II of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). “Malaki bagay para sa’kin na nai-involve ako sa mga ganitong bagay dahil alam ko na ‘yung gawa ko hindi pa best. May i-improve pa. Bilang may kapansanan, motivation ko ang family. Since then, pangarap ko na maiangat sila sa hirap pero nagkaganito nga ako. Sa kabila noon, nagkaroon din ako lakas ng loob na kahit ganito e kakayanin pa din,” said Ronjo.

As one of the agencies supporting the Republic Act 10524 or the act expanding the positions reserved for persons with disability, DSWD provides equal opportunity for employment to PWDs to assist them to become productive members of the society. The intervention of SLP in Ronjo’s passion in handicraft making also attests to the Solidarity and Innovations in Bridging Opportunities for Livelihoods (SIBOL), the brand awareness campaign of Sustainable Livelihood Program. ###

 

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The Inspiring Ride of Mighty Mc Dommel: Student-Turned-Instructor of San Teodoro

“Noong bata ako, hindi ko napapansin na may kapansanan ako. Noon na lamang po na lumalaki ako hindi na ako sinasali sa mga field demonstration. Nakikita ko ‘yung mga kaklase ko sumasali sa street dancing,” narrated the 34-year old Mc Dommel Aldaba of San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro.

Mc Dommel was stricken by poliomyelitis or polio, an infectious viral disease that can cause foot deformities or worse permanent paralysis, at nine months old. Being the firstborn of the family, his parents feared for his condition. They were clueless how it happened and why it had to be their son to be affected. They weren’t prepared for the medication. More than that, they were never emotionally prepared for the possibility of their son being bullied in the future. “Hindi naman po ako nakaranas ng sobrang pambu-bully. Noon na lamang po na nag-highschool ako, hatid sundo ako ng tatay ko. ‘Dun ako nakaranas na ma-bully. Kaya ‘dun ako nag-aral magbike. ‘Yung tatay ko kasi laging nasasangkot sa gulo dahil nawi-witness niya ‘yung pambu-bully sa akin. Nakakapanakit siya ng estudyante kaya nagpursigi talaga ako mag-aral magbike,” said Mc Dommel.

Mc Dommel started to feel the effect of polio during his adolescence period. “Hindi na po kinakaya ng binti ko ‘yung upper body weight kaya nananakit na mga tuhod ko ‘nun,” he narrated. He consulted a doctor if he needed to use crutches, but his doctor did not allow him since it may cause muscle buildup, leading to heavier upper body weight. Instead, he was advised to continue biking as a form of leg exercise. He has already traveled using his bike from San Teodoro to Puerto Galera, which has a distance of approximately 21 kilometers. “Sinet ko na sa isip ko na kelangan patuloy ko gamitin ‘yung binti ko. Na-res earch ko na ‘yung mga nalulumpo dahil sa aksidente kaya lumiliit mga binti nila kasi hindi nila nagagamit. Nagkakaroon ng muscle loss. Para ma-delay ang process, kelangan mag-exercise. Biking lang talaga hanggang maaari every three days na long ride. Malaking bagay. Dati nakakarami ako ng pahinga then eventually nakayanan ko na derecho na walang pahinga dahan-dahan lang para ‘di mabigla,” he said.

Mc Dommel completed a two-year course in Calapan City, an associate degree in Technology major in Electronics. “After gumraduate, nasimulan naman po itong aming negosyo kaya kulang po ang maghapon para makapag-entertain pa ako ng mga repairs,” he narrated. “Actually hindi po ako aware na may ganyang program [skills training] dahil abala po ako dito sa kabuhayan namin, sa paggawa ng pork barbecue. From morning to evening, gawa lang po kami ng gawa dito. Bukas po ang tindahan namin sa hapon,” he shared. Then one day, the secretary of the focal person of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in San Teodoro informed him that there was an opening of training on electronics. He applied for it and successfully became a trainee.

Mc Dommel, along with 26 other participants in the first batch, trained for 33 days under the Wellcare Institute of Science and Technology (WIST), the official partner and service provider of SLP. His skills expanded when he became a trainee of SLP. He learned product assembly, power supply, troubleshooting, and CCTV installation. “Nung nag-aaral po kasi ako more on troubleshooting lang kami. ‘Nung nag-EPAS ako, dun lang po ako na-expose. Mas nahimay po sakin ‘yung detalye. Although may background po ako sa electronics bago sumali sa SLP, marami pa din ang naging bago sa aking experience dahil matagal din akong hindi nakapag-practice,” he shared.

Student-Turned-Instructor in an Instant

Mc Dommel recounted how he felt before graduating. “Noong matatapos na po ang training namin, ibinalita na po sa amin na lahat ng trainees after makalusot sa medical exam ay made-deploy as OJTs sa Laguna. Nalungkot po ako noon dahil ‘yung mga classmates ko made-deploy as OJT tapos ako balik dito,” shared Mc Dommel.

Right after receiving his Electronics and Product Assembly Servicing National Certificate II (EPAS NC II), WIST offered him a teaching position as an assistant instructor for the succeeding batches of EPAS which he gladly accepted. He did not expect this kind of opportunity to come his way. “Naging napakabilis ng flow of events kasi trainee biglang naging instructor. ‘Nung una may kasamang kaba dahil first time ko po made-deploy sa malayo. Sa Mansalay. Bale mga 100 kilometers po ang layo mula sa San Teodoro. Ang training period ay 33 days,” he narrated. His first teaching class included out-of-school youths, undergraduates, and housewives. After this batch, WIST offered another assignment to him in Pangasinan where he worked for almost four months.

Mc Dommel expressed his sincerest gratitude for giving him the opportunity to grow in his chosen career. “Napakalaking bagay po as experience aside po sa nagkaroon ako ng additional skills ay nagkaroon din po ako ng pagkakataon na makapagturo sa mga bata, mga out-of-school youth, nagkaroon po ng mga bagong kaibigan sa ibat-ibang lugar, at higit sa lahat ay nakatulong sa pamilya,” he said when asked on the impact of the program to his life.

More that these, he became more involved in the community. He has explored his leadership skills. “Hindi ako aware sa samahan, hindi talaga ako mahilig maki-involve sa mga community activities hanggang sa na-appoint ako na president ng PWD dito sa barangay namin. Lately lang ako nagiging active. Nayaya ako ng focal person namin na umattend sa Calapan sa assembly ng mga PWD sa kapitolyo,” he said.

This opportunity helped Mc Dommel to save some amount of money. Also, he was able to buy things he needed for his condition such as cane. “Yung tungkod na ginagamit ko po ay pahiram lang sa’kin ni Madam Makiss [DSWD staff]. ‘Nung nakaipon-ipon po nakabili na din ako ng sarili kong tungkod,” Mc Dommel narrated. He was also able to save some money since he started as an instructor.

Sustainable Livelihood Program provides access to employment opportunities to people like Mc Dommel who belongs to the disadvantaged sector of the society. Mc Dommel represents people with disabilities who do not succumb to their condition, rather push their limits to become better at what they do. ###

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DSWD Beneficiaries Conduct Product Display on ‘Semana Santa’

Gasan, Marinduque – In line with the celebration of the Holy Week, beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in MIMAROPA, particularly Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program, put up a booth for the conduct of product display in the municipality. Through the help of the local government unit and Municipal Action Team of Gasan, they were able to showcase their handmade products. They have targeted the tourists who came to experience and witness the famous Moriones Lenten Rites.

All products were consolidated and displayed on April 15, 2019, the opening ceremony of various booths across the municipality. SLP and 4Ps staff worked together to make this activity possible. This has also been assessed as an opportunity to showcase the skills and creativity of the beneficiaries.

Some of the items which have been displayed in the booth are products from the previous activity of 4Ps in relation to saving the environment. These include recycled bags, throw pillows made of plastic, and flowers made of plastic bottles. This initiative provides a possible market for their products to be noticed by potential buyers and partners. There were also nito and bamboo products such as placemats, kitchen utensil holders, food cover, and baskets which can be personalized upon request to the beneficiaries.

Holy Week celebration, having a high-foot traffic, is a strategic opportunity for the marketing of products of the beneficiaries. For the past few years, this has been a week to capacitate them so they can be ready for the whole business operation in the future. ###

 

Contributor:

Pamela Ligas, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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Employment Facilitation – A Road Map to Improving the Level of Economic Sufficiency of SLP Participants

Brooke’s Point, Palawan — The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provides identified poor families the appropriate income-generating opportunities through microenterprise or employment, to help improve their level of economic sufficiency.  The program is implemented in the different municipalities of the country.

The Municipality of Brooke’s Point in the province of Palawan is among the partners of DSWD in bringing the program interventions to identified poor household like Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries and other qualified participants.  The municipality’s economy is primarily anchored on agriculture, with rice and coconut production at the forefront.

In 2015, the Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., a diversified agribusiness enterprise, started to operate in Brooke’s Point, Palawan.  Established with the goal of uplifting the lives of farming communities, it offers high quality natural products on the global sphere.  To respond to the manpower demand of the operation, it outsources job from Worldwide Service Provider Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WILSERV), a cooperative that focuses on providing manpower through employment to companies and individuals in need.

The SLP has two–fold tracks: Microenterprise Development Track (MD) and the Employment Facilitation Track (EF).  In the desire to become responsive in escalating employment demand in the municipality of Brooke’s Point vis-a-vis presence of Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., SLP forged a partnership with WILSERV in the context of employment facilitation track.

The off-shot of the initiative was a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by both parties on September 2017.  Initially, the partnership was focused only in the Municipality of Brooke’s Point, however, with the proximity of Bataraza, Sofronio Española, Quezon, and Rizal, it was expanded to such areas taking into consideration the projected overspill demand of employment.  Recognizing the indispensable role of the Local Government Unit in the success of SLP’s programs and projects, such was likewise engaged.

The initiative was a prelude to the conceptualization of projects that aim to provide employment opportunities to program participants maximizing the employment opportunities at hand.  It is recognized that capacitating the participants through skills training shall provide avenues to employment on a more sustainable context.  Similarly, it shall serve as a vehicle in addressing four economic sufficiency indicators of Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) namely Employment, Income, Employable Skills, and Social Insurance.

Implementation of Guaranteed Employment Project in the Municipality of Brooke’s Point in Partnership with Worldwide Service Provider Multi -Purpose Cooperative and LGU

With the consolidated effort of the Municipal Action Team (MAT) of Brooke’s Point and solidarity of the Local Government Unit, the project was conceptualized in close coordination and partnership with Worldwide Service Provider Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WILSERV) and was realized through the provision of Skills Training on Nuts Pairing and Deshelling.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and poor families identified in the Listahanan database participated in the intervention that aims to provide sustainable income at the household level.   At the end of the skills training, the participants are expected to be hired as workers of Cardinal Agri Products, Inc.

A total of 313 participants availed the skills training, 223 in Nuts Pairing (10 days) and 90 in Deshelling (7 days).  While the SLP provided the skills training and Pre-Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF), WILSERV on the other hand provided the starter kit.  At the end of the capacity building, the MOA clearly stipulated that at least 80% of the participants shall be provided guaranteed employment specifically to Cardinal Agri Products, Inc.

Making a Difference in the Life of A Participant and the Family

Rosemarie D. Ancis, a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary who belongs to an indigenous group (Palaw’an) in Brooke’s Point, was one of the participants of the project. Together with her husband, she survives three children.  She used to be a Barangay Health Worker who earns a meager income.

Anecdotes revealed that the family practically lives a hand to mouth existence.  Her income and that of her husband who works as a mechanic (daily labor) at Cardinal Agri Products, Inc. cannot suffice the basic needs of the family.  Daily survival was a true test in addition to providing the needs of children wh  o are all in school.  In 2016, one of her children was hospitalized and she, together with her husband, resorted to borrowing money to pay for the hospital bills.

Rosemarie availed the Skills Training on Nuts Pairing (ST-EF), received the Pre-Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF) from SLP, and was consequently hired and deployed by WILSERV at Cardinal Agri Products, Inc.  She started as a Nuts Pairer, later on promoted as Checker and Time Keeper, Overall Machine Operator, and recently as Overall Lead Man of the Production and OIC Supervisor of the night shift operation.  From Php 290.00 daily wage in the beginning, she now receives Php 340.00. Apart from the monetary compensation, the skills and abilities of Rosemarie were developed through attendance in trainings and seminars related to her job and facilitated by Cardinal Agri Products, Inc.

The participant claims that the family’s economic condition today is far different from the predicament before she availed the guaranteed employment intervention.  The increase in income significantly bridged the gap in providing the needs of the family.  A savings mobilization mechanism is now in place which allows her to plan a self-managed microenterprise project of piggery, in addition to operating a lending project.  All these came into reality with the advent of guaranteed employment project which SLP initiated in partnership with Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., WILSERV, and the Local Government Unit of Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

Milestones Indicators/Impact of the Intervention

1.Increase in Income/Stability of Income

Guaranteed employment availed by the participant did not only provide stable wage but likewise helped her establish additional sources of income such as lending business and the soon to be operated hog raising enterprise. In addition, she initiated a savings mechanism out of such incomes and was able to use it during an emergency last February 2019.

2. Acquisition of Assets

Through employment at Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., the participant was able to acquire a brand new motorcycle on an installment basis, appliances (washing machine, family size foam), and other personal items for herself and family members.  In addition, the financial position of the participant increased through the operation of a lending activity.  The present economic capacity of the participant allowed her to access a bank loan which she used to further the lending activity she is currently engaged in.

3.Personality Development

The opportunity to work in a relatively big company boosted the self-esteem and morale of the participant.  The series of promotions stirred good attitudes towards work and ushered development of her leadership potentials. Opportunities to mingle with people widened her social capital, thus, shaping her confidence too. Attendance to several trainings determined competitive advantage should promotion or wider employment opportunities come in the future.

Determining Sustainability of Intervention

The security of employment of the participant determines sustainability of income.  After the period of one year and six months being employed in the company, she has acquired the regular position. The series of promotion of the participant (from being Nuts Pairer in the beginning to now being the Lead Man in Production and OIC Supervisor during night shifts) are indicators of long-term employment and continuous career growth.  This was further guaranteed by attendance to several in-house and invitational trainings facilitated by the company.

The development of her employment status from being probationary to regular is an indicator of job retention.  This is reinforced by the strong determination and commitment of the participant for continuous learning processes, thus, establishing and firming her credentials. By acquiring the regular post in Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., the participant now receives other benefits such as membership to the WILSERV Multi-Purpose Cooperative where a corresponding dividend is expected to be received at the end of every fiscal year.  Likewise, SSS, Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, medical insurance, service incentive leave, emergency loan, and 13th month pay came as additional package of her employment.  It is worth noting also that through the employment opportunity, the participant was able to avail life insurance amounting to Php 100,000.00.

A concrete experience was narrated by the participant on the incident of hospital confinement last May 2018 at Sagrado Hospital due to hypertension.  All hospital bills (including purchase of medicines) were refunded by insurance she availed from WILSERV.  In addition, she enjoyed a 10-day leave from work with pay. Meanwhile, on December 27, 2017 she received her first dividend from WILSERV amounting to Php 942.00. Last December 24, 2018, she enjoyed the second release of dividend amounting to Php 6, 972.00. ###

 

Contributors:

Moises Daniel S. Aban, Project Development Officer II, Palawan

John Rey S. Baylon, Project Development Officer II, Palawan

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