An Empowered Woman’s Secret to a Successful Piggery

The part of women and its contributions to culture should never be underestimated in this predominantly male-controlled culture, like in the Philippines. Women-led organizations in the government, non-government organization, and private sector have molded and influenced national issues pertaining to governance and other economic-related happenings. More women and women organizations are now playing a proactive role towards national development. One good example is one Sustainable Livelihood Program Association based in Brgy. La Curva, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. The SLPA is an all-women group composed of hog raisers and has been contributing economically to their barangay. This is the story of Teresita “Nanay Tere” Salde who chose to be an empowered woman.

Hog raising in the Philippines has been a profitable business for Filipinos through the decades. Its fame is obviously seen among backyards of rural families. An average Filipino usually raises a small number of pigs to supplement their daily needs. While both parents are busy with their work, children may help in raising a few piglets until they reach their merchantable age. No wonder, more hogs are produced in backyards compared to commercial swine raisers. In Barangay La Curva, it was acknowledged during the conduct of Participatory Livelihood Issue Analysis that there are Pantawid Partner Beneficiaries engaged in backyard hog raising. Usually, traders in the municipality especially public market pork dealers roam within the barangay to buy hogs.

Nanay Tere having no background in agronomy and getting involved onto it is no longer new. She thought that there are lot of enthusiasts all over the world into farming acquiring direct knowledge and involvement thru experiments, pushed by their own advocacy. Through time, she was able to apply such belief in swine raising.

Meant to be a farmer and a lot more, coming across a program of Department of Social Welfare and Development about livelihood and training is almost a surprise to her. Nanay Tere’s interest on pig farming started way back 2008. However, this faded because no one could lead her to an agency that provides training. In 2016, the craving hit again but this time it was purely unintentional.

Going back to the program, she was able to get a short training on livestock raising. Acquiring the basics on pig production and being a member in an organization put her desire in place. It was a perfect timing. Since then, Nanay Tere’s desire to pursue pig raising never left her. In 2016, she started her small farm in La Curva with 3 weaners for fattening from the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD. She applied the feeding technique for swine she learnt at the training. Growth was good but transportation and feed cost pulled the profit. She lost enthusiasm that she almost wanted to quit.

At the moment, revenue is to be realized and even costs are piling up. Nanay Tere did not lose hope. She trusted that God is gracious to the one who preserve His land and the ecosystem. Despite the trials she bumped into due to barriers such as the existing market and operational expenses, she still pursued her business endeavor. As a whole, it is financially and emotionally draining for her.

The Basic Training on Swine Raising was a great help on her decision to put up a farm. “SLP is an enabler”, she added. Being a mother of seven, daily subsistence is really a struggle. But because of having hogs in her backyard, she was able to support their daily expenses and use some of the profit during emergency. She shared that there was a time when her youngest son was diagnosed with dengue and at the same day, she was bitten by a cat wherein free vaccine was not available. The pigs were her lifeline. All the medical expenses came from her small swine business.

“Moved by morals, I’m gaining while losing but at the end of the race, I am winning!” ends Nanay Tere.


Jaime V. Castillo Jr., Project Development Officer II, Occidental Mindoro

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Sustaining Livelihood through Enriched Skills and Social Responsibility

“When you are doing things that you consider precious, in turn, gives the best results for you. What results? Those that can’t, by any existing currencies, be bought, say, happiness, fulfillment and respect.” Ms. Myrna D. Blaza is a native from La Curva, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. She was raised from a family whose everyday survival lies on farming and backyard pig raising. Though exposed to tremendous epidemics and various unnecessary encounters, her love for pigs has never faded; hereby strengthened and remained still through years instead.

Right after marriage, she instantly ventured on pig farming. It was the time when she asked her husband to build a small pig house for her to operate and manage. Her being exposed to her parents’ chores as pig raisers and farmers armed her the necessary skills and knowledge relevant to survive a pig business. Eventually, she maneuvered the overall operation of her small business.

Though well-armed already of knowledge and practice on hog raising, she is still open to innovative ideas that can improve her skills in the said venture. Indeed, one of her very remarkable traits is a successful swine raiser. The provision of additional pigs from the Sustainable Livelihood Program of Department of Social Welfare and Development is not only a help for Nanay Myrna but also a challenge to consider. She feels that she has a social responsibility to fulfill in making the said project successful. Truly, she was able to live on her words knowing that the pigs given to her initially on May 2016 was properly taken care of. Hence, she was able to sell and buy new ones.

A mother always wants the best for the family no matter what expense she gets in doing so. Likely, Nanay Myrna did all she can for the welfare of her children. She believes that the quality and overall condition of the family reflects how good the mother is in providing their needs. Just like in swine management, the health and productivity of pigs are correlated to how best their handlers are in managing them. Though with seven children, Nanay Myrna was able to contribute to their needs. As fruits of her labor, she was able to support her children’s financial expenses even if they already have their own family. She also shared that there are many notable benefits this kind of business can offer. One is that when her daughter-in-law had a very critical condition during her child delivery wherein she had to sell her two fully-grown pigs to pay for the medical expenses.

Above all these things, Nanay Myrna thanks God for pouring her life with plenty of blessings and love which she then shared to her family she cherished most.


Jaime V. Castillo Jr., Project Development Officer II, Occidental Mindoro

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Sapat na Puhunan para sa Maunlad na Kabuhayan

Siya si Rey Mendoza, 38 taong gulang mula sa Barangay Rosacara, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro. Siya ay miyembro ng SEA-K sa loob ng walong buwan sa pag-asang maiaangat ang buhay katulong ang kanyang maybahay na si Mary Joy Mendoza na 28 taong gulang. Mayroon silang tatlong anak, dalawang lalaki at isang babae na sa kasalukuyan ay nag-aaral sa mababang paaralan ng Barangay Rosacara.

“Mula sa simple at mahirap na buhay, malaki ang naging katulungan ng mga programa ng DSWD sa aming pamilya. Una ay ang Pantawid Pamilya Program na kung saan isa sa aking mga anak ang naging benepisyaryo nito na tumutulong upang ito ay aming mapag-aral. At bilang isa ding benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya, naging prayoridad ako ng Sustainable Livelihood Program, ang bagong programa na itinalaga ng DSWD para kami ay bigyan ng kapasidad na mapaunlad ang aming pamumuhay at mapalawak ang iba pa naming mga kakayahan,” ani Mang Rey.

Si Mang Rey ay isa sa dalawampu’t limang miyembro ng SEA-K sa kanilang barangay at naatasang maging Chairman ng kanilang grupo na nabigyan ng pagkakataong makahiram ng puhunan na nagkakahalaga ng siyam na libong piso (9,000.00) upang gamitin sa kanyang maliit na tubigan.   “Ngunit ang perang tinanggap ko ay inilaan at ginamit ko sa pagbili ng 7 biik. Dito ko pinagkasya ang pera dahil huli na naming natanggap o dumating ang pera para sa aking proposal na pagbili ng abono sa tubigan,” wika niya.

Sa mga nakalipas na buwan, katulong niya ang kanyang asawa sa pagpapakain at pagpapaligo ng mga hayop at iba pa nilang pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan gaya ng maliit nilang sagingan. “Yung mga gastusin sa araw-araw na pagkain ng mga alagang baboy lalo ngayon ang mahal ng mga bilihin at iyong ibang pangangailangan pa namin sa loob at labas ng bahay ay hindi madali. Kami ay nahirapan pero nakakaya din gawan ng paraan kahit papano. May maliit kaming sagingan kung saan doon namin kinukuha ang iba pang pangangailangan. Isang malaking tulong talaga ang SEA-K sa amin dahil natuto kaming magbudget ng pera at nakakapag-ipon na kami ngayon,” tugon ni Rey at Mary Joy.

“Noong mga panahon na wala pa ang SEA-K, malaki ang pagkakaiba ng buhay namin noon. Mahirap talaga. Sa ngayon ay masasabi ko sigurong sapat na ang isa sa mga tulong na natanggap namin mula sa programa ng SLP dahil nagkaroon kami ng panibagong negosyo at dagdag na mapagkakakitaan dahil dati sa tubigan lang at maliit na sagingan. Plano naming ipagpatuloy at palaguin ang kasalukuyan naming hanapbuhay”, dagdag pa ng mag-asawa. Sa halagang 9,000.00 na puhunang ipinahiram sa kanya, siya ay may lingguhan ng savings na nagkakahalaga ng 126.00 at balik-kapital na 2,880.00 tuwing ika-apat na buwan.

Nitong nakaraang mga buwan ay naibenta niya ang kanyang alagang baboy kung saan nag-iwan lamang siya ng isa upang gawing inahin upang mapanatili ang kanilang proyekto. Ang pinagbentahan ay ibinili niya muli ng walong biik na siya naman ulit nilang aalagaan. Sa kasalukuyan, sila ay nagkaroon ng kita na nagkakahalaga ng anim na libo (6,000.00) kada buwan. “Gamitin ng maayos para sa negosyo at ayon sa sariling kakayahan ang pera na ipinahiram at hindi ginagastos sa kung saan,” wika ni Mary Joy. Maliban dito, nakapagtayo din ng maliit na tindahan ang mag-asawa na isa pa sa mga pinagkukunan nila ng panggastos sa araw-araw.

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SLP, nagsagawa ng PREW 2017 sa pagtatapos ng taon

Nagsagawa ng dalawang magkahiwalay na Program Review and Evaluation Review (PREW) ang Sustainable Livelihood Program nitong Disyembre upang ipunin ang lahat ng tagapagsagawa ng programa mula sa limang probinsya na bumubuo sa rehiyon ng MIMAROPA.

Ang unang pangkat na ginanap sa Puerto Princesa City, Palawan noong ika-apat hanggang ika-pito ng Disyembre taong 2017 ay dinaluhan ng apatnapu’t tatlong kalahok na binubuo ng Provincial Coordinator at Project Development Officers ng Palawan.

Samantala, ang ikalawang pangkat naman na binubuo ng walumpu’t dalawang kalahok mula sa Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, at Romblon ay nagsama-sama sa Makati, Metro Manila noong ika-labindalawa hanggang ika-labingapat ng Disyembre 2017.

Ang PREW ay inorganisa upang ipaalam sa mga kalahok ang kabuuang performance ng buong rehiyon nitong taon kabilang na ang physical and financial accomplishments ng programa.

Katuwang ang Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) ng MIMAROPA, ang field office ng bawat probinsya ay sama-samang gumawa ng Physical at Financial Targeting para sa munisipyo at buong probinsya para sa taong 2018.

Bawat miyembro ng RPMO ay naghanda din ng kani-kanilang ulat ukol sa programa.  Layunin ng pagtitipon na ito na palakasin pa ang performance ng programa sa pamamagitan ng pagpaplano sa susunod na taon.

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DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program awards processing center to Civil Society Organization

On November 28, 2017, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) awarded an 8m X 8m Abaca By-Products Processing Center to Tanikala ng Pagkakaisa Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TPMPC).

A total of Php 510,355.50 worth of materials and labor through SLP modalities, Skills Training and Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA), was granted to 38 beneficiaries of the said organization so that their dream of having a decent processing center will become a reality.

This livelihood intervention foresees an increase in sales in abaca slippers, bags and key chains. The center will also provide a safe shelter to the machineries and materials of the cooperative.

The turnover ceremony was attended by the DSWD Convergence, Barangay Local Government, the beneficiaries, and employees of TPMPC.


Adonis T. Analista, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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Mogpog’s School Jeepney Project now in Operation

The School Jeepney Project of Mendez Pantawid Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) has started its implementation as the jeepney was bought last August 30, 2017.

The Mendez Pantawid SLPA was organized on March 15, 2016 composed of forty-five beneficiaries. Based on the result of the Participatory Livelihood Issue Analysis (PLIA), the beneficiaries were able to identify that the main problem of the community is the limited means of transportation.

Brgy. Mendez, a hilly, rocky road which is about 20 kilometers away from town, is one of the interior barangays of Mogpog. There were only two units of Public Utility Jeepney that take passengers, goods, and merchandise from remote barrio of Mendez to Mogpog and vice versa. In addition, the parents of beneficiaries worry for the safety and health of their children going to school especially during rainy season. Most students have no other option but to ride and hang either on the top load or behind the jeep just to get home.

To address these identified gaps, the Municipal Action Team of Mogpog initiated the School Jeepney Project of the community through Seed Capital Fund modality of SLP. The jeepney is now the school service of the students going to Butansapa National High School in the morning and afternoon. The jeepney driver passes another route from Balacanan to Buenavista and vice versa for additional income.

The jeepney costs PHP 350,000.00 in total. During the monitoring, the project earns an average income of PHP 8,000.00 in two months of operation. The project was able to employ a non-pantawid member as the regular driver with a monthly salary of not less than PHP 5,000.00. The parents and all the beneficiaries are thankful for granting this kind of livelihood that addresses the transportation problem of the community and also helps in ensuring the safety of their children.


Marieta J. Manzo, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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SLP CSO beneficiaries undergo accreditation

Acknowledging the critical role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in working closely with the government, the Standards Unit (SU) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA conducted field validation and accreditation to the Sustainable Livelihood Program’s CSO beneficiaries of Marinduque last November 7, 2017.

A total of 18 CSOs from various barangays of Boac, Marinduque were validated for their existence and eligibility to the funding support of the agency.

SLP CSO focal Mr. Juan Paolo Mendoza and Standards Unit Administrative Assistant Ms. Abbie Mae Engracial took a personal interaction to the various SLPA leaders to get first hand data from the field. Beneficiaries’ queries were also answered during the conversations.

CSO accreditation is an activity in compliance to the joint resolution no 2015-001 of the Commission of Audit, Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that the CSO beneficiaries has a distinct legal personality.


Adonis T. Analista, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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DSWD MIMAROPA, nakilahok sa ikatlong MIMAROPA Naturally 2017

Upang ipakilala at ipakita ang ilan sa mga pinakamagaganda at natatanging produkto ng rehiyon ng MIMAROPA, isinagawa ng Department of Trade and Industry o DTI ang ikatlong MIMAROPA Naturally Agri-Trade and Tourism Fair 2017 noong ika-labingwalo hanggang ika-dalawampu’t dalawa ng Oktubre 2017 sa Megatrade Halls 1 & 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Ipinakita ng DSWD MIMAROPA ang pagsuporta sa aktibidad sa pamamagitan ng partisipasyon ng Manggagawang Aktibo na Naglalayong Harapin ang Kinabukasan Sustainable Livelihood Association o MANHAK SLPA at Native Handicraft SLPA ng Looc at San Andres, Romblon.

Fresh at ready-to-eat blue crabs and inihanda ng MANHAK para sa mga customers nito habang mga native na walis at bags naman ang sa Native Handicraft SLPA. Matatandaan na ang MANHAK ang itinanghal na kampeon sa nakaraang Bangon Kabuhayan 2017 kung saan inilaban nila ang proyekto nitong blue crab fattening.

Itinatayang nasa pitumpung booths ang nakilahok sa nasabing aktibidad. Ayon kay Binibining Chyntia Deocades, Project Development Officer ng Romblon, “Inimprove na  namin ang packaging ng blue crabs. Dati kasi styro lang ang gamit namin, e medyo nahihirapan ang customers na bitbitin. Bukod dito, inayos na din namin ang management system. Bawat isa sa ating beneficiaries ay alam na nila ang gagawin nila. May nagluluto, nagseserve, at nag-aasikaso sa mga customers.”

Nais ng DSWD MIMAROPA na lumahok pa ang mga Sustainable Livelihood Program Association o SLPA nito sa mga ganitong aktibidad na naglalayong ipakilala ang mga natatanging produkto ng rehiyon.

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