The Department of Social Welfare and Development-6 is preparing beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program for possible livelihood opportunities and employment, a press release from DSWD said.
In a Beneficiaries Congress, 130 parent leaders from the 6,000 beneficiaries of Cadiz City met on the programs on livelihood and employment by DOLE, Public Employment Services Office, DSWDs Sustainable Livelihood Unit, City Social Welfare and Development Office and Department of Agriculture.
Cash grants for Pantawid Pamilya will not be forever and this activity aims to inform them of programs for livelihood and employment so that when they are not beneficiaries anymore, they either have livelihood or have been accessed for employment, Alma Jornadal-Estember of DSWD Regional Project Management Office said in the press release.
The same event was held in Iloilo City and Sagay City. The agency will also do it in Jamindan and Pilar in Capiz Province where participants are parent leaders in-charge of a group of beneficiaries, to whom they are expected to echo their learnings, the press release said.
“Their knowledge on the different programs and projects could be their tool in their lives. This could help them so that they could uplift the well-being of their families,” Estember said in the press release.
She also said the event is being conducted by the agency in support of the Sustainable Livelihood program targeted at Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. Under the Sustainable Livelihood, beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya are either provided seed capital for livelihood or, if not inclined for micro-enterprise, accessed for gainful employment through its partners such as TESDA, DA, DOLE, LGUs, DPWH and other agencies.
In the whole province, there are 112,000 household beneficiaries. Of the number, around 15,000 are set to graduate from the program by 2014, with 460 will be coming from Cadiz, the press release said.*