The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office IX hosted and convened various PAMANA-SLP implementers for a 3-day Forum on Women Economic Empowerment, Peace and Development in Mindanao held at Dakak Park and Beach Resort, Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte on June 14-16, 2017.
The said activity is a peace and livelihood forum among SLP-PAMANA’s program participants who are based in Mindanao. The activity aims to look at the specific dimensions of gender, peace and security, and cultural sensitivity in the scope of program implementation. The program participants showcased stories of change and employment opportunities brought by microenterprise development.
The activity also included site visits to PAMANA project areas in the Municipality of Salug, Zamboanga del Norte. These livelihood projects are women-led association and has significantly provided opportunities to most members in the community. The participants were provided an opportunity for dialogue, focus interviews and documentation of good stories and practices.
Attendees of this activity are coming from the different Field Offices of IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA and ARMM.
PAMANA aims to strengthen resilience to conflict by improving the socio-economic capacity of the communities and families in the covered areas, through the development of the personal, social, entrepreneurial, and technical skills of the duly organized Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations (SLPA) composed of a group of potentially enterprising individuals within the community.