Bago City in Negros Occidental is a recipient of the Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan award (Model LGU Implementing Outstanding Sustainable Livelihood Program Employment Facilitation Model).
The recognition was given on March 8 for its support to the social welfare development advocacies, programs, projects and communication thrust of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo said they were recognized for implementing sustainable livelihood programs of the DSWD.
Social services get a big share of their Internal Revenue Allotment because this involves the improvement of the lives of the people, he said.
Yulo said he believes that the most important treasure/asset of a place is its people.
Rhoda Alvarado, officer-in-charge of the DSWD, said the sustainable livelihood program (SLP) is one of the Tatsulok project (Pantawid Pilipino Program, the Kalahi Seeds, which is more on infra, and the SLP for livelihood) of the DSWD national office.
The SLP has two implementing modes – employment facilitation and micro enterprise development, she said.
Alvarado said the Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan award received by Bago is for employment facilitation. For this year, Bago was declared the winner out of the 17 regions in the country far as sustainable employment and micro enterprise development is concerned.
Bago was nominated by DSWD Region 6 to represent the region, she said.
About 541 beneficiaries have availed of their TESDA skills training program since 2015 and have been provided employment, Alvarado said.
They have conducted job fairs and special recruitment activities funded by the city, she said.
Since 2017, the mayor has provided a budget for skills training and micro enterprise development chargeable from the Gender and Development fund.
Since the LGU does not dependonly on the national budget, it was recognized for the support it has extended to the implementation of sustainable livelihood projects in the city, she said.
Alvarado said the city has provided funds for the implementation of micro enterprise development programs amounting to P1.6 million in 2013, P2 million in 2014, P1 million in 2015, and P4 million in 2017, which has benefited about 1,106 households or family heads, who are all Pantawid beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries now have their personal or group businesses, she added.*CGS
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