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DSWD SLPA business center a model of successful community managed enterprise


DSWD partner beneficiaries attend the inauguration of the business center in 2016.

The usual challenge faced by community organizations is sustainability. “Ningas-kogon” attitude is an innate nature of many Filipinos. Many organizations or even programs and projects left unfinished because the aspect of sustainability is forgotten. Huge government resources were put to waste because of so many factors. It could be the lack of commitment, the lack of passion to push certain endeavor or the lack of long –term vision.

This is the reality that need to be addressed not only by government but by individuals.

But, the sad stories of community undertakings has also a positive part. There are still individuals and even government agencies who believe that something will happen if the leaders and the people are willing to surrender certain things or even time in exchange of something worthwhile and for the interest of many.

One inspiring story of a successful community initiative is the establishment of a business center in the town of Taytay, Palawan. The process towards the full realization of the project started in 2014 when series of community meetings and consultations were made. Community consultation is a fundamental requirement before any community project or undertaking kicks off.

Doing so was not easy for the community workers because there should be a paradigm shift to ensure the success of the proposed project. In this case, they need to open the mind of the beneficiaries that instead of doing operating the business individually, it has to operate and run by the association as one.

With the supervision of  the Department of Social Welfare and Development under its Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations with the support of the local government unit of Taytay and the Taytay Palawan Sustainable Livelihood Program Federation, Inc., the business center successfully opened in 2016 and operates providing more opportunities to community particularly the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The DSWD-SLPA Business Center is a growing business enterprise incorporating different business concepts in one place.

The SLP business center is a perfect avenue to display and promote Palawan products to locals and tourists.

It is located strategically along national highway at the junction of Taytay town. The business center houses the restaurant, grocery store, boutique, souvenirs shops and entertainment place. It is now being managed by trained staff who also form part of the management.

Since this is a community-owned enterprise with government on the side, the members are putting too much premium on the sustainability of the project by actively participating in the operation of the center. It is being ran by 39 beneficiaries who are considered as ‘ wealth generators’ for other beneficiaries of the program.

The project aims to improve the socio-economic condition of members of the SLPAs through group enterprise. The skill to run the business was acquired through the assistance of the LGU of Taytay, the Department of Trade and Industry and the help in various ways of the Philippine Marines.

Aside from economic benefits of the project, the members are able to deepen their understanding on the value of collective action which will lead to strengthening community ties and development. Likewise, the strengthened partnership with external partners are steadfast foundation of the project.

The approach in community empowerment of DSWD is proven effective to develop the sense of ownership among community members. Through this, the members are gripping tight not to let go of their dreams.

The journey towards economic independence of DSWD SLP members may take a longer time, but the good news is, the government is always on the side to provide guidance to the community when passion is weakening and the direction sometimes is taking a swerving path.

Today, the business center still operates successful and is growing by adding more business activities in the center thus provides bigger income opportunity to its beneficiaries. ### (Joy Tabuada)

Source: Palawan News 

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DSWD MIMAROPA naglunsad ng dalawang skills training sa bayan ng Rizal


Game na game na sumabak ang mga kalahok ng skill training sa isang photo op.

Inilunsad ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  MIMAROPA sa ilalim ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program o 4Ps ang dalawang skills training sa bayan ng Rizal, Palawan.

Unang isinagawa ang ‘Skills Training on Banana and Pineapple Intercropping’ noong Enero 24 at 25 sa Barangay Culasian na dinaluhan ng 102 beneficiaries ng Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantage Area (MCCT-IP in GIDA) na nagmula sa nasabing lugar, gayundin sa Barangay Candawaga. Ito’y sinundan ng ‘Skills Training on Corn Production’ nitong Enero 26 at 27 sa Barangay Punta Baja na dinaluhan naman ng 74 benefeciaries ng naturang barangay.

Ang mga nasabing pagsasanay ay isinagawa sa pangunguna ni Lilibeth L. Quilang, Municipal Link. Layunin ng nasabing mga programa ang turuan ang mga IPs upang matulungan silang magkaroon ng sapat na pagkakakitaan na makakatulong sa kanilang pang araw-araw na pamumuhay.

Ayon kay Anitel B. Bitoon, Project Development Officer, ang MIMAROPA region lang ang may ganitong programa sa buong Pilipinas, kung saan magsasagawa sila ng skills training para sa mga beneficiaries, mamimigay ng mga binhi, abono at maging mga kagamitang kailangan sa pagtatanim. Ang mga benepisyaryo ay bibigyan ng 11 working days para sa pagtatanim ng kanilang mga punla sa sariling lupa, kung saan sila ay babayaran ng Php206 kada araw ng pagtatrabaho. Pagdating naman ng anihan, ang DSWD na rin ang bahalang maghanap ng bibili ng kanilang mga produkto at sila rin ang maghahati-hati ng kanilang benta. Dagdag pa ni Bb. Bitoon, umpisa pa lang ito sa ilan pang mga nakalinyang skills training na kanilang isasagawa sa iba pang barangay sa bayan ng Rizal.

Ayon naman kay G. Goldino R. Pitogo, 54 taong gulang at isa sa mga benepisyaryo ng Bgy. Punta Baja, napakalaking tulong sa kanya ang naturang training. Sampung taon na siyang nagtatanim ng mais at sa pamamagitan nito ay napatapos niya ng kolehiyo ang isa sa lima niyang anak at ngayon ay isa nang guro ng elementary school sa Brooke’s Point. Aniya, ngayon niya lang nalaman kung paano at ano ang pataba ang dapat gamitin sa kanyang pananim at ngayon niya lang din lubos na naintindihan na dapat talagang lagyan ng pataba ang kaniyang pananim para mas dadami pa ang kaniyang aanihin dulot na rin ng kondisyon ng kanyang lupa. Galak na galak niyang pinasalamatan ang mga 4th year BS Agriculture students ng Palawan State University Rizal Campus sa pangunguna ng kanilang director na si Gng. Melodia C. Salimbagat at adviser na si Bb. Michelle M. Bungalso. Sila Salimbagat at Bungalso ang nagsilbing resource speakers sa nasabing skills training.

Sa buong MIMAROPA Region, ang Palawan ang may pinakamaraming benepisyaryo ng MCCT-IP na umaabot sa humigit kumulang 7,000 IPs.### (Janice L. Quezon)

Source: Palawan News

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