46,000 CV Indigents Avail of DSWD7’s Sustainable Livelihood Program

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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.

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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

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