The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office through Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) held its 3rd celebration of Paskujuan last December 10, 2017 at Paseo del Mar, Open Ground, Zamboanga City.

Paskujuan o “Pasko ni Juan” is an annual event of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) wherein the highlight of the activity is the program participant’s product display to the general public. Twenty two (22) SLP and Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Associations participated in this activity.

“Alalahanin po natin na ang tunay na diwa ng pasko ay ang pagbibigay. Ang pinaka-best na atin pong maibigay na regalo ay ang ating pagtangkilik po sa ating produkto ng ating mga tunay na Juan.” Ramina S. Dimalapang, SLP Regional Program Coordinator expressively said.

Aside from the product display, simultaneously, a Job Fair was conducted in partnership with Public Employment Service Office (PSEO) held at Centro Latino which was open for beneficiaries and walk -in applicants. There were ten (10) local and international epmployers during the event.

“Paskujuan is a special event to highlight the significant change of our Sustainable Livelihood Program. It is a celebration of thanksgiving and empowerment after having been engaged in the economic activity not only their skills and development but also their quality of life.” said Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo CESO II, Regional Director.

It was a whole-day full of entertainment, and camaraderie among the participants. Every Juan went home happily. Apart from the Noche Buena gift packs they won from the raffle draw, all of the participants received food packs.