The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) FieldOffice 9 through Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) held its Stakeholder’s Forum in Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City on June 13, 2018.


Participants from the different National Government Agencies (NGA), Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations (CSO), and other institutional partners joined the said activity. The SLP recognized the importance of building strong relationships and convergence of livelihood interventions with these future stakeholders.

The SLP aims to raise awareness and appreciation of stakeholders on SLP processes. Also, SLP desires to strengthen partnership with existing stakeholders.

The activity discussed the program’s component and operations of SLP. SLP is a capability-building program that provides access to opportunities that increase the productivity of the livelihood assets of poor, vulnerable, and marginalized communities, in order to improve their socio-economic well-being.

SLP Special Projects Focal, Frances P. Cantillo, presented the opportunities data of served beneficiaries and future participants that need assistance. Through these data the stakeholders can assess and see the opportunities that can be serve as interventions to the beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the participants also impart the nature of their services and what they can compromise to support or compliment the program’s assistance to the beneficiaries.

The program recognizes that forming key partnerships with various stakeholders are vital to the achievement of the program’s targeted results as well as generate additional resources and/or opportunities for target participants.

Key issues and frequent challenges encountered by partners when engaging with the DSWD were also addressed during the activity.

The activity highlighted a day of sharing and inquiring about the program and what the participants can propose for the betterment of the program’s clients. The activity culminated with the agreement to develop a regional partnership plan with specific plan action for each participating agency/partners.