CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here is stepping up efforts to build the capacity of the marginalized sector to earn through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).
DSWD Regional Director Gemma Gabuya on Monday said that under the SLP, various skills training courses are being offered to identified beneficiaries in the region either for future employment or microenterprise development.
Gabuya said the latest graduates comprising some 356 Tarlaqueños underwent training courses on dressmaking, shielded metal arc welding, beauty care, hairdressing, and cookery.
“This is in partnership with Advanced Institute Technology, Tarlac School of Arts and Trade and Floriana Bao Sadian Technological Vocational School Foundation, Inc.,” she said.
Melanie M. Barnachea, acting division chief of DSWD’s Promotive Services Division, said the graduates/beneficiaries received National Certificate II from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) upon completion of the training course.
She said the beneficiaries likewise received PHP20,000 each that included the training fee, allowance and allocation for starter tool kit.
Barnachea lauded the beneficiaries for their determination to complete the training program.
“Hindi madaling pagsabayin ang responsibilidad sa pag-aaral at gampanan ang kanilang role sa pamilya (It is not easy to do at the same time the responsibilities of studying and fulfilling their role in the family),” she said.
Barnachea also encouraged the beneficiaries to utilize what they learned in the skill trainings so that they can start a small enterprise or use the starter kits provided to them.
Starting this year, some 833 residents in the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, and Nueva have so far benefitted through the SLP.
The SLP is a community-based capacity-building program of the government that seeks to improve the socio-economic capacity of the poor through enhanced access to basic social services.
Started in 2011, the SLP designs its projects to mainly increase the communities’ sense of dignity, yield long-term results for all actively participating stakeholders with both communities and partner establishments.
The program prioritizes participants who are underprivileged that were identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). (PNA)