About 46,000 indigents from Central Visayas have successfully availed of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in 2016.
SLP is a multi-stakeholder program that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills training and employment facilitation.
Of the 46,329 individuals who have availed of SLP last year, 24,144 were under the Micro-enterprise Development (MD) while the rest went to Employment Facilitation (EF), said DSWD 7 Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre.
MD provides assistance to the SLP beneficiaries by organizing them into groups, help them come up with a plan and monitor their livelihood projects to ensure that they are self-sustaining.
For the EF, the DSWD partners with the public and private sectors as service providers and subject-matter experts on financial literacy, resource mapping, market scanning technical and vocational skills training, financial literacy and credit assistance, and employment opportunities among others.
Among the successful recipients of MD is Rosanna Santillan of Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City, who together with 29 other beneficiaries is now successfully running a water refilling station.
The SLP this year targets to reach more than 20,000 individuals for both micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation.
“The number can still increase provided we have good budget utilization with the help of our partner implementers,” Macapobre said. – CebuHeadlines.com