A Faith Believer

“Knock and shall be open unto you”. These verse mirror a woman who begs to God and seek for help. Blessed with abundance and love with the help of organization, her determination and faith were rewarded.

     Jenny Geliciano Bermudez is a resident of Balabay Bato at Brgy, SAnito, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. In 2007, they decided to settle down and were blessed with 2 children who ages 10 and 5 years old, respectively. Living in a province gives Jenny with mixed feelings because her children needed to walk to school which is 500 meters away from theirhome. There are rocks and footbridge ahead which makes her feel bad seeing their ripped shoes and feet with callouses. Happy at the same time because her children are contented on what they have.

Jenny’s husband, Feliciano, works in a bakery shop for 17 years.He started as a janitor and dishwasher at the same time with a monthly salary of php3,000 pesos. Seeing how hardworking Feliciano is, he was then promoted as a cook. Aside from working in a bakery shop on daylight, he also drives a habal-habal at night to augment their income. Jenny on the other hand is a housewife and is responsible to look after her children. When Jenny finds vacant time, she gleaned for shellfish in a coveand cook some viands to sell in the neighbourhood. By this, she can contribute to her family even with meagre income. .

During the time when Jenny delivered her first child, Eizel, his husband started to experience difficulty on earning money. When Eizel got sick he could no longer afford to bring her to the hospital for check-ups. Jenny realized how hard life is but she never felt discouraged even though their primary problem is insufficient to put food on table. This resulted even todiscover that her daughter is malnourished as declared by the Barangay Household Worker. She continued further the simple earning she does to ensure her family won’t suffer from these struggles.

     In the year 2013, the Department of Health launched a Feeding Program for malnourished children where her daughter became a recipient. All the mothers with malnourished children decided to create a group named “Sanito Motherhood Association”. This association is composed of mothers with malnourished children which aim is to help and assist the agency in the feeding program during the activity

After the creation of the said association, some opportunities and blessings from other agencies were poured out to them. Jenny and the rest of the mothers were given the Skills Training on on Meat and Fish Food Processing given by the BFAR to includethe askills training on bread and pastry given by TESDA. Another skills training on banana chips making, peanut butter, peanut brittle, sweet coated and salty peanuts with starter kits was also given by the DOST. DSWD KALAHI-CIDDS on the other hand shared physical resources like the training centre, electric fans and others.

On 2014, Ms. Jenny and her husband decided to acquire a house to live.  They were able to acquire a simple house, the floor is made of bamboo, while the roof is made of half nipa and half plain sheet.

Jenny alsoplants vegetables in their vacant lotto augmentin their family’s food consumption. She also raised some chickens. On August 11, 2015, Ms. Jenny was hired and served as (BHW) Barangay Household Worker in their barangay.

On March 2016, the DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) came in to give opportunities to the “Sanito Motherhood Association”, After the training, they were granted a financial assistance throughSeed Capital Fund project amounting to Php390,000.00. Their group name now became “Sanito Motherhood Pantawid SKA”. Their association serves catering services and food processing. Coming from their funds, they were also able to acquire a small vehicle to carry and transport their equipment during caterings.

Jenny said that after the implementation of SLP, aside from their earnings in banana chips and other products, each member is given a chance to earn extra money through rendering their services during the catering activity. She earns at Php200.00 in every catering service. Their association caters public and private sectors, with at least 2-3 clients on average every month.

Jenny is overwhelmed even after joining the SLPof DSWD. Shebecame known in the community and got a chance to become a temporary MLGU enumerator for the census. This means she will be paid for the services rendered as an enumerator. She is gratefulon the changes brought by these blessings in their life now. The health of their children isnow in good condition, they have convenient shelter to live, a little vegetable garden for consumption and some chickens for selling in due time. Above all, they can already to afford to eat regular nutritious meals,buy new clothes for her children and other important things.

Having a better life now, Jenny and her husband talked about having their own little fast food store. All her dreams for her family slowly came true.

Jenny is thankful to all the agencies that one way or another helped her and the association to make their lives better. She is also thankful to the people behind the SLP-DSWD who continuously give their untiring services to the poor and vulnerable.

“Daghang salamat sa tabang gikan sa SLP-DSWD, kaning gihatag ninyo sa amoa makatabang dyud og dako labi na sa akong pamilya”.- Jenny Bermudez###

###BernelySheilaineDeLeon/Carolyn Baylon

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“Reward of a Dreamer”

Gusto gyud ko nga makabaton ug kaugalingon nga negosyo aron moasenso among panginabuhian alang sa kaugmaon sa akong mga anak” expressed by Annaliza when asked about her biggest dream in life.

     Annaliza Panawan is a mother of four children who lives in Purok Riverside, Brgy. Olingan, Dipolog City Zamboanga del Norte.

She spend most of her days at home as a housewife who took care of their humble abode. Her husband, Ranulfo Razaga Panawan Sr, drives a tricycle to support their living. He usually earns 200-400 pesos a day which is barely enough to sustain their everyday family needs. On 2012, her husband caught an illness which made him decided to stop driving.

 “Matud pa sa doctor tungod sa pasmo mao nga nagkasakit akong bana ug dugay gyud kini nga na-confine sa hospital” Annaliza said. Unfortunately, the tricycle which is the only source of income need to be sold in order to defray the expenses of his husband’s hospital bills.“Igo-igo ra gyud kini nga gibayad sa hospital apan nagpasalamat ra gihapon ko sa kahitas-an nga bisan pa ug nabaligya ang maong franchise, mao kini nakatabang nga maluwas ang akong bana nga mao ra gyud ang gisaligan unta sa among panginabuhian” she added.

     Since Ranulfo temporarily cannot work and provide for the family because of his condition, Annaliza need to exert his ways to provide for the famiy thinking all her children are also going to school.

     In 2014, Annaliza was able to avail Sustainable Livelihood Program’s SEA-K assistance. She was granted with an amount of php10,000.00 which she planned to use to start up a business. Fortunately, a friend also offered help for an additional fund to pursue the business plans, “Adunay ni-finance namu ug php15,000.00 sa pagnegosyo ug pig butchering ug tunga kami sa ginansiya, ako ang mulihok ani ug sa panahon nga medyo naulian na ang akong bana kaming duha ang timbang sa maong negosyo, ug maka-ginansya kami ug tag php6,000.00 kada bulan”. Annaliza said

“Hago kaayo ang maong negosyo ug maingun gyud nga alkansi kami kay ang nag-finance igo ra man sa pagdawat ug limpyo/ginansiya” she added.

Makaihaw kami ug 2 heads of pig kada semana pero ug medyo mahal ang isda maka-ihaw mi ug 3 heads of pig” Annaliza further narrated.

Through the successful manifestation of their livelihood, they were able to pay some of their bills. “Kaluoy sa Ginoo maka gross income kami ug tag php3,000-4,000 per day ug tungod sa maong pagnegosyo nga diin utang2x pa sauna karun dili na gyud kay aduna na kami kaugalingon nga pwesto sa highway sa Olingan Wet Market nga cash basis na gyud tanan”.

Analiza even pointed out that because of their perseverance, the business continues to flourish. Through this, they were able to buy freezers for their additional frozen products like dressed chicken aside from the regular pork meat that are being sold in their store. Today her husband is back on track on driving the tricycle, “Ang motor nga kanhi gigamit pamasahero sa akong bana, gitauran na kini ug sidecar gamit pagpangompra ug baboy”. Her husband also receives “pa-lechon” labor for php500 per pig.

Analiza expressed her appreciation on DSWD for the assistance provided to them, “Dako gyud kaayo ko ug pasalamat sa DSWD pinaagi sa SLP kay nakahulam ug php10,000.00 sa SEA-K nga gigamit gyud naku sa pagnegosyo ug ako gyud kini  nga giimpasan sa wala pa miabot ang termino kay nindot ra gyud paminawon nga maimpas ang utang.

     Annaliza and her husband are hands-on in running the business. Her dream of having a livelihood and sustainable income come into reality if not because of DSWD and Sustainable Livelihood Program which assisted them all throughout the process. She knew how hard it is to begin but her family being the driving force to succeed in life challenges became her armor to face the stumbling blocks. They could not thank enough the Almighty Father for using the Sustainable Livelihood Program as an instrument to answer their prayers.

###BernelySheilaineDeLeon

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“A Young Father’s Sacrifice”

To provide for the needs of the family is the main responsibility of a father. Billy Hanz A. Chiong, 23, is a single father to a 3-year old daughter. Since then, he knew that being the head of the family takes huge this responsibility and effort in order to sustain for a living.

Behind their humble abode lives a happy family, is a struggling father. While providing for his daughter, he also helps with the finances of his parents. His father works as maintenance personnel in a government office, while his mother stays at home as a housewife.

When Hanz, as he is fondly called, graduated from High School but failed to proceed in college due to financial constraints.

He ended up working for his uncle who had an aircon repair shop nearby. He was later enrolled by his uncle for a vocational course on Electrical Installation and Maintenance at Dipolog School of Fisheries. Hanz expressed this blessing as a great opportunity for him since he already had an idea on the kind of work after experienced working from his uncle’s shop.

Amid these opportunities, things didn’t go well as planned. Hanz got influenced by his peers from frequent late night from drinking sprees. This has greatly affected him and when his parents learned about this, he was ordered to come back home.

After contemplating and regretting on his mistakes, he went back to attending school and soon enough he was up for assessment. Unfortunately, he was not able to qualify. This started him to lose hope, he was having second thoughts on taking another assessment exam.

On 2015, An Implementing Project Development Officer of Sustainable Livelihood Program-DSWD was looking for interested Pantawid beneficiaries who are already knowledgeable on Electrical Installation and Maintenance to take free assessment examination. This became a good sign for Hanz to grab the opportunity. He took the chance and went for another assessment, this time, he successfully passed. He was able acquire the National Certificate II on Electrical Installation and Maintenance.

Wasting no time, he immediately looked for a job where he got a chance to work on his first job as an electrician at ZANECO, Dipolog City. Later on, he was encouraged by SLP IPDO to take Trainer’s Methodology, which consists of competencies a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trainer or assessor must achieve, such as plan training sessions, facilitate learning sessions, supervise work-based learning, conduct competency assessment, maintain training facilities and utilize electronic media in facilitating training. Qualified program participants must be college graduates with National Certificates Level II and has acquired such qualifications and documentations mandated by TESDA to participate in such training. He was hesitant at first because he has no idea on what the training is all about considering he is also the youngest among the group.

The program also offered a free assessment to the skilled beneficiary, this gave Hanz a chance to undergo the process since he was well-skilled. The said support was trainer’s methodology (TM) Level 1 (Trainer/Assessor), this aims to qualify and certify the current pool of trainers to raise the bar of Assessor/Trainer qualification in the areas of technology and methodology for quality assurance.

While attending the training he was also employed at Montano Construction as a laborer, it was hard for him at first to balance work and training due to work pressure, but he continued the opportunities given because of his willingness and eagerness to finish the training.

Several months after being an equipped trainer, he now shares his knowledge to other individuals especially to senior high school students on Electrical Installation and Maintenance.

Later on, He became an accredited trainer of TESDA and currently teaching senior high school students from different schools in Zamboanga del Norte. He already conducted 12 trainings and earns more than 3,200.00 per day. He occasionally gets hired to install electrical wiring of houses and buildings in bulk basis and sometimes works for it for free. Hanz gladly expressed that the training given to him has significantly helped him and his family.

For almost 2 years in his profession, he was able to provide the needs of his family, not only the school fees of his brother but also the needs of his only daughter. He was also able to purchase a second hand motorcycle which he utilized to make travelling to work faster and easier. Aside from the knowledge he gained from the training, he proudly expressed his appreciation on the confidence and empowerment he was able to acquire from the chances given through the help of the DSWD which became instrumental to his successes now. His lifestyle may have changed, but he will never forget the opportunities that SLP has given him. Hanz has a big heart, he helps other people through assisting them in his job especially if there are simultaneous classes. Most of them are his former students and his brother. Still, he supervises everything and pays them for their salary amounting to 400 per day.

Hanz shared that he would not be able to achieve his goals without the help of the program.

     “Wala ko gamahay nga naa ang SLP nga nitabang sa akoa”

     “Thankful kaayo ko nga naa ang SLP nga nitabang sa akoa mga mausob ako panginabuhi, dako kaayo ko og pasalamat sa SLP kay nagpa-conduct sila ani nga Training (TM)”

     He is also very thankful to those people who helped, supported and believed in him and to the IPDO assigned in Polanco, Ms. Ione Rasonable, for motivating and encouraging him to take the projects and trainings offered by DSWD-SLP.  Hanz believes that nothing is impossible if we strive hard to make our world worth living.

Today, he is now enrolled for crash course program in Bachelor of Arts in Economics where hi future plan is to apply at DEPED to be able to handle Technical Vocational Livelihood subjects.

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SLP holds Technical Session on program implementation to field implementers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX conducted a technical session on Grant Utilization and Monitoring Reports of the Memorandum Circular 12 of Sustainable livelihood Program on February 18-20, 2019 in LM Hotel, Zamboanga City.

More than a hundred field implementers convened in the said session to discuss SLP operations and status of program implementation.

The activity also aims to orient the staff on the grant utilization and monitoring reports as stated in the Memorandum Circular no.12 and review of some terms of reference to complement in the implementation of the program.

Crafting of the Individual Performance Contract (IPC) also highlighted the activity which aims to synchronize all trusts and priorities of the SLP. There were interactive discussions, agreements and integrated decisions made in order to ensure and meet the expected output from the program operations and as well in all the involved participants.

SLP delivers Major Final Outputs (MFO) on the Social Protection Services with its core function on continuing engagement of families to actively participate in community development activities to cover 214,130 families in 45 municipalities of Region IX.

Sustainable Livelihood Program 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.

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“Realizing Dreams, Building Future”

“Mahirap talaga ang buhay lalo na kapag wala kang maayos na trabaho sa lipunan.”

This is how Felicitas M. Nonong, 37 years old describes how her life runs every day. She and her husband and four children live in Sitio Asinan, Brgy. Kasayangan, Zamboanga City.

“Naglalako at nagbebenta ako ng gulay dati. Nagigising ako ng alas dos ng umaga para mamalengke tapos wala na akong pahinga hanggang gumabi. Alas sais ng umaga magluluto na ako ng gulay para ibenta. Tapos pagdating ng alas tres ng hapon maglalako ako ng gulay.” She said.

Exhaustion and fatigue was expressed through Felicitas’ eyes as she shared the story of her everyday life. Doing this for a year to be able to provide for the family, she earns Php800 out of her Php300 capital a day. However, just like everybody else, she has her physical limits. It came to a point where she had to be hospitalized due to lack of sleep, fatigue and high blood pressure. Felicitas pushed herself too much to provide for her family, and stress caught up with her.

“Masakit sa loob ko kapag humihingi ang mga bata ng kailangan nila lalo na sa eskwelahan tapos wala kang maibigay.” She sadly said.

Felicitas’ husband, Roland 40 years old, works as a security guard. He earns 4,500 pesos per month which apparently cannot suffice their needs. Aside from the basic needs at home, and the needs of the children at school, they had to pay for their rent.

Felicitas made sure that her children had money in their pockets to be able to commute to and from school. She wants her children to experience the exact opposite of what she’s going through every day just to earn for a living. Life was never easy for them, since they had to take care of one of their children who had “special needs”. However, they never saw him as a burden, but a blessing. She makes sure that her son is settled before she leaves home for work. That’s why Felicitas was thankful when she became a Pantawid beneficiary in the year 2013. The educational assistance she received was really huge relief for her children.

One day, their parent leader in Pantawid announced that Skills Training will be offered by the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD. She felt lucky when she was included in the list because one of the beneficiaries backed out, and she felt that this would become a very good opportunity for her and her family.

They were 25 of them who trained under Housekeeping for 15-days held at the Barangay Hall in partnership with the Barangay of Kasanyangan. After the training they received starter kits which included a pair of shoes, apron and a shirt. After the training’s culmination they immediately went to Ozamis City for the assessment with 3,000 pesos in their pockets and free accommodation.

Through Felicitas’ effort and hardwork, she passed the assessment and acquired a National Certificate II in Housekeeping.

“Masaya talaga ako kase nakapasa ako. Habol ko talaga tong certificate kase para maka-apply ako ng trabaho.” Felicitas Said happily.

A clever Felicitas applied for work while on training. A week after her assessment in Ozamis she was hired in a known hotel in Zamboanga City, the LM Hotel.

She now earns minimum wage by working 6 days a week cleaning function rooms in a hotel in the city.

Felicitas and her family were able to acquire a house through the help of her sibling. It was a secondhand house sold by the government which they renovated from their own money. They are now able to set aside a little amount since they no longer have to pay for rent. Even now that Felicitas is employed, she still walks 45 minutes to and from work every day, just to be able to save a little bit more.

“Sayang kung ipamasahe ko pa ang pera, sanay naman din ako. Yung 30 pesos na pamasahe pwede pang pandagdag yun sa baon ng mga anak ko. Masakit sa loob ko kapag humihingi ang mga bata sakin tapos wala akong maibigay.” Said Felicitas emotionally.

It really shows how Felicitas values every penny that she earns.

“Dati nung hindi pa ako nakapagtrabaho naglalako at nagbebenta ako ng gulay. Dahil sa SLP na binigay ng DSWD nakapagtrabaho ako. Nakakatulong na din ako sa asawa at mga anak ko. Kung ano yung mga pangangailangan nila naibibigay ko na. Natutulungan ko na ang pamilya ko, at nagkaroon ng kahit konti pero pagbabago ang buhay namin. Maraming salamat!” – Felicitas

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Rose from Pauper

Life is like a wide open sea where everyone has their own battle of wave to compete with. Anna is one of the wanderers who are determined to never embrace inconvenience and difficulties of life.

 

Anna Rose was originally from Negros Occidental, circumstances forced her to put an end to her education in high school when her family became financially incapable of supporting her needs. Since their only livelihood is farming and due to the increasing demands of their family’s daily needs, she needed to get a job. She tried her luck in Manila as a helper in a Filipino-Chinese family. She was lucky to encounter a decent employer whom she served for 11 years, from 1995-2006.

 

While working hard at her job, Anna met Felix who later became her better half. Felix Sonor is a native from Brgy. Balakan, Salug, Zamboanga Del Norte who has the same reason with Ana that they’ve end up in Manila. He worked different kinds of job such as grocery-warehouse errand, noodle maker, assistant baker and eventually end up as a factory worker in Industrialized Metropolitan.

 

In 2006, Anna Rose and Felix decided to settle and build their own family. They lived in the interior elevated barangay Balakan by the mountain of Salug Municipality, Zamboanga Del Norte. Even though they did not have their own house to live in, Felix’s brother offered a temporary simple room for them to stay. It was not really the “conducive” type of space, it didn’t have a decent kitchen, but they made do, as long as they had clean utensils.

The couple were not employed at that time which made Felix decide to drive a “habal-habal” to be able to cover for their primary needs. He earns P400.00-800.00 pesos a day, but it wasn’t healthy because he had to work till dawn and did not get enough of sleep.

 

On the other hand, Anna Rose helped by selling fuel in bottles. She borrowed 1,500.00 from her parents to be able to do this. This was a good idea since there were a lot of habal-habal in the area and it was convenient for the drivers to buy from her rather than travel farther to get their tanks filled up.

 

maningkamot dyud og lihok para mabuhi ug makakaon, bisan ug bag ong panganak mubangon jud para naay income”.

 

At one point, they saw an opportunity to own their own lot, which had a lot of coconut trees they could make money from. But they did not have the amount to be able to pay for their down payment for the lease, which was only 6,000.00. this was a nig blow to the family’s chance for an improved life.

 

In 2011, when Anna Rose became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pilipino Pamilya Program she hoped that it will be their access towards a better tomorrow. She did not disappoint herself; she later on became a part of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). She is now a member of Balakan Farmer SEA-K Association of which she received a financial assistance amounting to Php5,000.00 under Seed Capital Farm modality of SLP. She used this to augment capital for her sari-sari store. She gave her all and managed to survive. She also tried selling different products such as stir fried banana which is salable to students since they are positioned in front of the elementary school. It went well as a supplementary income to their business which is also a venue for them to some more open possibilities, income generation, and investments.

 

Wala mi naghired ug motabang namo sa pagbantay sa tindahan or sa pagluto sa saging kon dili kaugalingong paningkamot ra”.

 

 

Felix and Anna’s two lovely children are now in Grade 5 and Grade 1 living healthy and energetic. They now live in a comfortable house, it has a roof made of galvanized iron, wood and bamboo walls, that according to them is comfortable to live in.

 

Okay na dyud ang among pamuyo og tuluganan kaysa sauna.” Said Anna.

 

They were able to acquire more than 5 properties in the different areas of Salug, Godod and Liloy municipality.

 

Instead of driving habal-habal, Felix now drives a multi-cab as for their delivery services of copras, rubber and even as a transport for passengers. They now own a house and lot which they acquired through installment basis; they also utilize it as warehouse for their firewood business. They already invested in some financial institutions for their savings and micro financial activities. In fact, she also set up small lending for farmers in need as stimulant and other useful item for their farm. She offered P5,000pesos to the farmers and in return after harvest with 40 kilos of rice as interest after harvest. They can procure for a bigger purchase for their sari-sari store, able to buy appliances and capable of buying necessary things that they were not able to acquire before. Truly, Anna and Felix reaped what they have sewn.

 

Sana mapadayon pa dyud ang programa para ang uban pud  nga tawo sama nako sauna matagaan ug higayon nga makatabang pud sa ilaha nga gamiton pud sa maayo ang kwarta para dili mawala ug mulambo. Gusto unta ko nga sa mga tawo nga sama nako sauna ila pod masulayan ang akong naagian karon para pod sila maningkamot sa paglambo. Nagpasalamat ko sa DSWD, sa programa sa 4Ps, og Sustainable Livelihood Program, sa ilahang gihatag kay dako kaayo ug katabang sa among kinabuhi.” Said Anna gratefully.

At the moment, Anna Rose and Felix continue to help other people who are in need. Through their experiences in the past, they want to alleviate other people’s lives through their assistance so they can be able to stand on their own too. Just like them, today.

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“Weaving the Future”

Along the roads of some barangays in Ramon Magsaysay Municipality, you will see rolled weaved bamboo strips displayed that will catch your attention. These are called “Amakan”. Amakan production is known to be the livelihood of people in this area. One of the residents known for making quality Amakan is Jocelyn M. Arias, 47.

 

Jocelyn has eight children, six are living with her while the other two are away from her trying to make a living too. She has been a widow for almost 3 years now.she lived a life that was simple, but difficult. She was originally from the municipality of Dimataling. When an armed conflict occurred in their place, they fled to their relatives in Ramon Magsaysay. There, she met her hardworking husband to be, Robert. He works as a laborer in a coconut and corn farm. He sometimes helps harvest fruits or sometimes cut coconut trunks and he gets paid a small amount of money. He makes up to a thousand pesos for these, but these does not happen in a daily basis. He sometimes brings home 3 sacks of corn which can cover-up their 5-month consumption. However, a lot of times, during the off season, there are days that he does not have a job.

 

With the situation she and her husband are in, Jocelyn took initiative to find a solution. She does home manicure services in their neighborhood or to her good friends. She cearns 300.oo, the most, doing this. Their income goes for their payment for their electricity, water, food and school requirements. They do not have to worry about their rice since Robert provides for it. Doing manicure is just Jocelyn’s sideline, which she learned while watching others do it way back high school. Even if doing manicure services make faster money, weaving Amakan is still a better option, and income is bigger. Therefore she sees to it that she never misses a day doing it.

 

“Nag tan-aw ra ko mag suon-suon ko sa igsoon sa akong bana. Hangtod sa naapil ko sa ilaha, maglala og magloti. Dili nako sayangon ang panahon nga wla koy ginabuhat kay daghan mi sa akong pamilya.” Jocelyn said.

 

Jocelyn taught her children how to do manicure and make and Amakan weaving too.

 

“Magtinabangay dyud mi. Bata palang sila ako na sila gitun-an para makahibalo sila kay magkatigulang biya ko. Para naa sila kahibaw nga mobuhi nila.” Jocelyn stated factly.

 

During summer and semestral breaks, her children spend their time helping her weave Amakan. They can produce up to 20-35 rolls in a week. It costs 50pesos per roll which makes them earn 1,000-1,750pesos per week. However, when classes start, production of their Amakan becomes low. From a maximum of 7 rolls a day, it goes down to just 1-2 rolls.

 

“Dili man pod nako ipa-focus ang mga bata nga maghimo sila kay ga eskwela sila. Akong pangandoy nga makahuman dyud sila kay pobre gud mi. Wala koy ipabalon nila kung mangaminyo sila puhon. Maayo ng grado walay mag ilog kung gusto mo eskwela. Gabii ra mi magbuhat kay moskwela sila tanan sa buntag” Jocelyn said.

 

Even if life is hard, Jocelyn makes sure she provides for their children’s needs in school, as well as their daily basic needs. Just as she thought things could not get any worse, a tragic event happens.   In 2015, her husband died due to colon cancer, an illness that we all know is hard to cure. This event left her struggling to provide for her family, alone. She exhausted all her energy, to produce Amakan rolls, the only way she could help the family survive.

 

“Nangita dyud ko og pamaagi para makabalon akong mga anak, para malipay pod sila og magkogi moeskwela.” She said.

 

Fortunately, she was a member of DSWD’s Pantawid Program and this came in as a big help. It was laso because of this program that she later on she also became a member of the Sustainable Livelihood Program. She has been a member of Bobongan Sustainable Livelihood Program Association since 2016.

The association where Jocelyn belongs to started operating on July of 2017. The association started a store in barangay Bobongan which was strategically built along the road. Jocelyn is confident that she can earn money through this association because they roll their money through their production. Her Amakan production is purchased by the association regularly and sells them at the store. This has become an advantage for her because it was easier for her to dispose her products. Jocelyn is everyday thankful for the creation of their association and be part of it.

 

“Pobre god ko, wala koy asa nga panginuhaan. Maskin unsa kalisod nako, dili dyud nga dili mi makakaon kay ang SLPA namo dili man moundang. Sigurado ko nga maka-income dyud ko.” Jocelyn said.

“Nagpasalamat ko sa SLP kay nakatabang ni sa pagpa-eskwela sa akong mga anak og sa among pang adlaw-adlaw nga panginahanglan. Dako pod og katabang ang asosasyon sa amoa, salamat sa kining proyekto nga gihatag sa amoa nga nakasuporta dyud sa amo.” Jocelyn happily said.

 

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A Blessing to Nurture

They say happiness can be described in many ways. It can be the love and support from your family, a catch-up from your long distance friend, or just a one-scoop ice cream on a cone, but for the Pasil Family, it is the trust, dedication and hard work for the betterment of every member of their family.

Mrs. Salome B. Pasil, 53, a resident of Brgy. La libertad, Gutalac was married to Mr. Edgardo Pasil Sr. of Labason. After being married, she and her husband decided to settle for good in Canuto Enerio, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte. They tried their luck in their humble community living together with their relatives. Through the years of being together, the couple was blessed with nine children.

Having ample knowledge on farming that they have acquired through experience, they were able to start to make a living by raising their neighbors’ pigs and cattle. The couple also planted vegetables and root crops for their daily consumption. In that way, they would also spend less.

At the time when the couple had only (three) 3 children yet, their daily income was only php 130.00 a day which is barely enough to support their daily needs. The increasing needs of their young children made Mr. Edgardo Sr. worked as a Bus Conductor but the income generated from this job could still hardly feed his family.

Luck went in their favor when Salome inherited a portion of land from her grandparents. This made them invest in live stocks, they bought their own pigs, cows, chickens and carabaos. These have slowly improved their lives and they were delighted by the changes it brought them.

Their family became a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary in 2008. They received a cash grant from the program which served as additional aid to support their children’s education and other needs. They took a small portion from the grants to augment their existing livelihood.

Salome was elected as the president of Canuto Enerio Sustainable Livelihood Program Association. An association that was formed with forty three members in (YEAR) under the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

It was challenging for her to handle her members she said, however she bravely accepted the responsibility. The said association went into the business of buy and sell of rice, corn and farm inputs.

Salome shared that the association was a big help in her gardening. They were able to provide help and assists their members who are also in pressing need. Even Salome was able to get support from the association as she was also able to borrow fertilizer for her vegetable farm which resulted to good production.

Salome together with her husband plant various kinds of seedlings like okra, string beans, squash, eggplant, and more. Her vegetables were harvested in different times of the year. There were monthly, every after two months or quarterly harvests.

Just like any other starting businesses, they too had a share of struggles. Salome’s heart was torn when her vegetable harvest came in less than expected, and therefore less profit for the family. However, she used her loss as their inspiration to do better next time. She made sure to check on her vegetables from time to time, making sure they are growing properly with quality. She sacrificed her time by doing this, but this paid off when harvest comes.

During harvest season, Salome admitted that she and her husband cannot reap everything on their own. They needed help and decided to hire neighbors who are interested to help them and get paid in an amount of P200/day.

The vegetables from their farm were picked up by their regular buyers; some were also sold in the market. However, they also sell some in her sari-sari store. Teachers, workers and people nearby became her regular customers because she sold the vegetables cheaper compared to the ones sold in the market.

Salome earns php300-400 a day when harvest time begins, while php200-300 from her sari-sari store wherein she sells basic daily needs. There is no time to waste for Salome because they have children who are going to school.

Salome continuously engages in planting vegetables, she and her husband grab opportunities when there are free trainings and seminar workshops given by different agencies. Through these, it enable them to widen their farming knowledge. As time goes by, their vegetable production became better.

“Musuroy sa amoa ang Barangay official para magpahibalo nga naay ihatag nga seminar. Amo pod adtuon para madongagan among nahibaw an. Basta bahin sa ika angat sa among kinabuhi, moapil dyud mi. Para molambo dyud mi.” Said Salome.

The Pasil Family was also active in various Religious organization, barangay activities and school activities of their children. The family was also a member of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development or CARD, a non-government organization that aims in promoting household food, security and microfinance development.

The family became a role model in their community because of how they treated the people around them. Mr. and Mrs. Pasil received a prodigious award of “Parents of the Year” recognized by the Canuto Enerio National High School. They also placed second in the recently concluded Provincial Search of Huwarang Pamilya 2018 held in Dipolog City last June 20, 2018.

The family now manages their own Sari-Sari store and owns a vast land area for their farm and coconut trees. They also invested in live stocks and are currently earning a minimum of 500.00 pesos per day. Salome and Edgardo’s hard work and effort paid-off which made way for their children to eventually become a Registered Nurse and a Mechanic.

“Kayod ng kayod lang, naa ra dyud maginansya kadugayan”, Salome said.

The Pasil family showed that everything could be done through hard work. This is what the family wants everyone to adopt, because they believe that their hard work is their savings; Savings that can be useful and withdrawn anytime when needed.

“Nagpasalamat ko kay dakong tabang dyud ang DSWD sa amoa. Ang ilang tabang paningkamuton dyud namo og palambo sa maskin unsang pamaagi.” She added.

###Bernely Sheilaine Nemil (SMO)/Ranny Dahili (Monitoring PDO)

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