TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 25 (PIA)—The Department of Social Welfare and Development allocates over P110 million for its Sustainable Livelihood Program it would be implementing in Bohol in 2015, according to the Regional Program Coordinator.
During the recent Convergence Strategy Orientation to the Media, DSWD’s SLP Bohol coordinator Cherry Merin revealed this to Bohol media gathered at the Reynas Garden and Haven, February 24.
The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the program beneficiaries’ socio-economic status, implemented through a two-pronged program, according to DSWD.
SLP pours focus on microenterprise development, where it empowers communities into micro-enterprises development by capacity building people in small venture organizations to become organizationally and economically viable.
On the other hand, it also peeks into job facilitation, when it helps community members access appropriate employment opportunities.
As the DSWD empowers through template called community driven development, it implements its SLP by an approach called Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED), with the end goal of creating 2.3 million self-sufficient Conditional cash Transfer families in 2016.
This trains and capacitates the program beneficiaries to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking where these workers are necessary, where markets and employment chances are open.
For its SLP, DSWD puts in Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K), which provides entrepreneurship trainings, facilitates access to business service providers, provides start-up capital and increase business portfolio through mentoring and coaching, Merin points out.
For SEA-K, DSWD allocates as much as P25, 470, 000 capital seed fund for Bohol in its 2015 budget.
This however pales in comparison to the P77, 940, 000 for technical-vocational trainings, which should get family member beneficiaries the right skills to land in jobs.
In fact, another allotment for pre-employment assistance at DSWD SLP reaches P1,945,000, according to DSWD.
Again, DSWD allots Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) at P1,683,000. This would be in form of compensation to members who work to build communal or privately owned livelihood assets from DSWD assistance.
Project community mobilization fund sums up as a locally counter parted amount of P3, 225, 960.00 from the DSWD and P32,000 from Local Government Units.
Over all, the SLP budget runs to P110, 305, 960.0, DSWDs Merin said. (RAC/PIABohol)