DSWD capacitates SLP Monitoring PDOs on Knowledge Management

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX recently conducted a training on Knowledge Management Cum Technical Session on Monitoring Tools for Sustainable Livelihood Program Field Monitoring Project Development Officers (PDOs) on July 3-6, 2018.

Thirty Five Monitoring PDOs were capacitated in a 4-day training workshop held in Bamboo Garden, Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte. The said activity aims to demonstrate knowledge and skills in documentation and effective packaging of Knowledge Management products complementing the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Monitoring Project Development Officers are responsible in ensuring proper interventions are provided to its program participants through evaluation of its impact. Part of their role is to identify good practices in every SLP association which can later be developed into a knowledge product.

Aside from the importance of Knowledge Management Framework, the Art of Capturing Tacit Knowledge was also discussed which enabled the participants to understand the principles, approaches and tools used for better appreciation and application. This has anchored their role in the processes leading up to knowledge management. Meanwhile, participants were also trained on Basic Writing, Photo and Video Documentation to strengthen their skills in capturing and developing success stories in their assigned municipalities.

The said activity was filled with interactive and informative brainstorming, lectures, structured learning exercises and other group activities to ensure application of the capacity building inputs to the participants

Knowledge Management refers to the management of organizational knowledge through a systematic and specific process for acquiring, organizing, sustaining, applying, sharing, and reviewing tacit and explicit knowledge in implementation to enhance SLP program and organizational performance.

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SLP Stakeholder’s Forum for Convergence of Livelihood Interventions held

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.

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Meaningful Smiles

Maglisod mi og come up sa among daily nga panginahanglanon. Dili jud mi makahatag sa among mga anak og 3 times ka meal sa usa ka adlaw.

This is how Vilma A. Tandus, 33 years old recounted her early struggles in life before she became a beneficiary of DSWD programs. She lived with her husband and two children together with her parents for 5 years in Sanito, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Mangaon ra mi og alternatibo nga pagkaon mga root crops, kamanting, saging. Dili permanente ang kan.on. Sauna akong bana walay klaro nga trabaho, usahay magpa labor sa copra, kung naa maka apply sa construction didto pod sya magtrabaho. Ako that time wala koy income sa akoang kaugalingon.” She added.

Through her eyes and smiles, she clearly manifest a resilient woman inside who have battled the tests of time. Every day, she needs to gather these strength to overcome her fears and to start stronger for her family.

She narrated how her children had to walk to and from school every day at times even with an empty stomach. Vilma could not take the situation seeing her family suffer this much. After she tried her luck in Manila being a house helper, she made her quit the job after a year of work due to the difficulty of distance and communication. She became saleslady by then and peddled banana cue in the community when she decided to come back. She almost narrated all possible means to earn to augment and suffice the daily needs of their family along with his husbdand who is also trying his best to sustain everything. Giving up for both of them became not an option, they were even optimistic to survive these challenges.

In 2012, Vilma became a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary, She admitted that in the past she never pays attention to the activities conduted in their barangay. But, her neighbour consistently tried to persuade her to come, and that eventually changed her perception along with the guidance and help by her Municipal Link. She became active and was even nominated as parent leader. A change that she always been thankful for. The trust and confidence given by her co-beneficiaries challenged her to be empowered not only for the beneficiaries but also for her family. Though a bit challenged but no can ever replace the fact that change is truly happening even within.

Dili diay dapat ang pobre magpakahilom hilom, kay ang usa ka tawo wala’y ma-gain nga mga knowledge og skills nga gihatag sa barangay og di ka manggilabot. Kinahanglan ikaw mismo sa imong kaogalingon maningkamot ka.” She expressed.

Vilma and her husband slowly managed to acquire their own house, this was because their family was growing, and a better environment for their children was needed. Vilma religiously sets aside the money she receives from the pantawid program for her children’s education, since this is everything that she want for them.

In 2016, she eventually became a member of the Sanito Motherhood Pantawid SKA under the Sustainable Livelihood Program’s Micro-Enterprise Track, where it provides seed capital assistance to beneficiaries to start and engage themselves to economic activities through the CDED process.  The association she is part of produces wide array of food products and catering services depending on the market’s demand. As a member she helps in packing their products on banana chips, peanut butter, and sweet coated peanuts. They also earn through their catering by providing quality food service in the community. The LGU also assisted them by providing referrals to their products and services. Through the said association, an assisted project with SLP, She was able to earn not only extra income and but also worthwhile experience she can always takes pride.

As of the moment, Vilma and her family are now living in their own simple abode,

a dream that has truly came true. They have 6 children who are now confident to socialize with their classmates and friends because of the new hope and opportunities provided by the DSWD.

“Sauna manilingan mi mag tan-aw salida sa TV. Karon sa balay dili na sila mohawa, karon dili na sila mag hike kay naa na mi kaugalingon nga sakyanan maskin hulugan okay ra.” She said.

Sa SLP og DSWD, pasalamat ko og dako nga ang ilahang pagtabang sa amoa na palambo namo. Naan a mi dugang income para sa among panimalay para maabot dyud namo among kinahanglan.” She added.

In behalf of her family, Vilma expressed how truly grateful and blessed she was with the brand new hope and experiences the DSWD have given them. She prayed hard to God to help them uplift their condition and she never ceased to be thankful for the new tomorrow.

###Bernely Sheilaine Nemil

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Meaningful Smiles

Maglisod mi og come up sa among daily nga panginahanglanon. Dili jud mi makahatag sa among mga anak og 3 times ka meal sa usa ka adlaw.

This is how Vilma A. Tandus, 33 years old recounted her early struggles in life before she became a beneficiary of DSWD programs. She lived with her husband and two children together with her parents for 5 years in Sanito, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Mangaon ra mi og alternatibo nga pagkaon mga root crops, kamanting, saging. Dili permanente ang kan.on. Sauna akong bana walay klaro nga trabaho, usahay magpa labor sa copra, kung naa maka apply sa construction didto pod sya magtrabaho. Ako that time wala koy income sa akoang kaugalingon.” She added.

Through her eyes and smiles, she clearly manifest a resilient woman inside who have battled the tests of time. Every day, she needs to gather these strength to overcome her fears and to start stronger for her family.

She narrated how her children had to walk to and from school every day at times even with an empty stomach. Vilma could not take the situation seeing her family suffer this much. After she tried her luck in Manila being a house helper, she made her quit the job after a year of work due to the difficulty of distance and communication. She became saleslady by then and peddled banana cue in the community when she decided to come back. She almost narrated all possible means to earn to augment and suffice the daily needs of their family along with his husbdand who is also trying his best to sustain everything. Giving up for both of them became not an option, they were even optimistic to survive these challenges.

In 2012, Vilma became a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary, She admitted that in the past she never pays attention to the activities conduted in their barangay. But, her neighbour consistently tried to persuade her to come, and that eventually changed her perception along with the guidance and help by her Municipal Link. She became active and was even nominated as parent leader. A change that she always been thankful for. The trust and confidence given by her co-beneficiaries challenged her to be empowered not only for the beneficiaries but also for her family. Though a bit challenged but no can ever replace the fact that change is truly happening even within.

Dili diay dapat ang pobre magpakahilom hilom, kay ang usa ka tawo wala’y ma-gain nga mga knowledge og skills nga gihatag sa barangay og di ka manggilabot. Kinahanglan ikaw mismo sa imong kaogalingon maningkamot ka.” She expressed.

Vilma and her husband slowly managed to acquire their own house, this was because their family was growing, and a better environment for their children was needed. Vilma religiously sets aside the money she receives from the pantawid program for her children’s education, since this is everything that she want for them.

In 2016, she eventually became a member of the Sanito Motherhood Pantawid SKA under the Sustainable Livelihood Program’s Micro-Enterprise Track, where it provides seed capital assistance to beneficiaries to start and engage themselves to economic activities through the CDED process.  The association she is part of produces wide array of food products and catering services depending on the market’s demand. As a member she helps in packing their products on banana chips, peanut butter, and sweet coated peanuts. They also earn through their catering by providing quality food service in the community. The LGU also assisted them by providing referrals to their products and services. Through the said association, an assisted project with SLP, She was able to earn not only extra income and but also worthwhile experience she can always takes pride.

As of the moment, Vilma and her family are now living in their own simple abode, a dream that has truly

came true. They have 6 children who are now confident to socialize with their classmates and friends because of the new hope and opportunities provided by the DSWD.

“Sauna manilingan mi mag tan-aw salida sa TV. Karon sa balay dili na sila mohawa, karon dili na sila mag hike kay naa na mi kaugalingon nga sakyanan maskin hulugan okay ra.” She said.

Sa SLP og DSWD, pasalamat ko og dako nga ang ilahang pagtabang sa amoa na palambo namo. Naan a mi dugang income para sa among panimalay para maabot dyud namo among kinahanglan.” She added.

In behalf of her family, Vilma expressed how truly grateful and blessed she was with the brand new hope and experiences the DSWD have given them. She prayed hard to God to help them uplift their condition and she never ceased to be thankful for the new tomorrow.

###BernelySheilaineNemil

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A Sweet Harvest from Hardwork

“Nakaingon jud ko nga dili nako mobalik sa akong kinabuhi sauna, mura kog nalipay, nahangak, sagol na akong nabati.”

This is how Emelia Javar, 53 recalled her early struggles in life in Barangay Mabini in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Emelia as a hardworking wife takes good care of her husband Dionisio, 56 and their seven (7) children. They live in a small dwelling made of “nipa” and other light materials. Amid difficulties, they remain robust and simple to overcome the battle and win the fight for better life.

In order to provide food on the table, she peddles products root crop like cassava, assorted candies, fried bananas, tamarind and “bibingka. She also cooks viand and sells it in the nearby schools and offices. Her husband, though working as a farmer, barely earns enough to sustain the family needs. With the pressing situation, her two sons decided to search for better opportunities far from their family.

“Naningkamot dyud sila nga moadto sa Cebu, naningpalad para mangita og kinabuhi didto. Para makatabang pod sila sa amoa kay naulaw sila sa among balay kay puerting gamaya.” Emilia sadly expressed.

Eventhough life was difficult for them, Emelia’s resiliency rekindled the losing flame in her. With great responsibilities she has to bear including her attention needed for her son who is a special child, she knew that giving up is not an option.

Ariel Javar, his son, on his younger days was enrolled in a SPED class in Ipil. He is an achiever and a consistent top student of the class. Unfortunately, moments came when Ariel needed to stop attending school because Emelia could no longer afford paying for his everyday expenses. Emelia could not take seeing her son walk and sacrifice in order to reach and go home from school

Ariel now 28 years old, helps her father in farming. He joins during harvest season where they get 10 sacks of rice for their work. He also assists her mother in gardening and house hold chores.

“Morag kapoy na jud sa katanan. Sige lang ko ingon sa Ginoo nga gipakoy na dyud ko sa ing-aning kinabuhi.” Said Emelia.

Emelia’s two daughters, Jonamae, 17 and Hazel, 15 were in their high school years when they also tried to find ways to augment the needs of the family by bringing sacks of raw bananas in school for sale. They use the earnings to sustain their school needs and to unload the burdens from their mother.

Emelia feels fortunate having responsible children like Jonamae and Hazel, even if she wants them to stay at home, she cannot stop them from working. During vacations, her daughters work in a “Batchoyan” in Ipil. Even if they are exhausted from work, and even if these limits their chances for recreation, they still willingly help their parents.

“Ang ilahang sweldo gipangpalit nila og atop para dili na matuluan ang balay kung tig-ulan, para maayo ang pagtulog namo.” Emotionally expressed by Emilia

True enough that Emelia and her family’s situation is clearly a case of poverty. They earn barely enough and the money they earn just slips their hands like flowing water because of the expenses they have to make for living. There are no reasons for them to get tired and be idle because their perseverance to survive for living depends on how much effort everyone is putting in.

December 2015 when Emelia’s neighbor shared to her the text message she received from their Municipal Link, saying that there are few available slots to avail because there were participants who backed out in a program of the DSWD. It was opened to interested Pantawid beneficiaries who are interested to avail of training in Sustainable Livelihood Program. Emelia was elated upon hearing the good news.

“Nagpakyaw dayon ko og motor, giutang nako bahala na wala koy kwarta. Nalipay ko nga nanginahanglan pa sila og tawo, ang Ginoo nahibalo dyud nga nanginahanglan jud ko og semilya, mao tong nakaapil ko.”

Emelia underwent training on Organic Farming in Gardening, which lasted for two days funded by SLP. They were immediately given vegetable seedlings and gardening tools as starter kits to apply the learning they got from the said training. After three months, she finally reap the harvest.

Emelia was not the only one who harvested their products during the time and it did not go easily for her. The other participants also had their harvest at that same time, so there was a saturation of vegetables in the market. To add to the difficulty, the resellers at their market wanted to pay her low. With these challenges, she strategized her products by selling it in the various areas nearby. She hired a tricycle for Php250 a day,and started selling her produce to carenderias in Titay. She went to school canteens and sold them to teachers and staff. These efforts helped her to earn 5,000 pesos at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emelia used the money to continue her vegetable production, slowly renovated their hous and connection of electricity. She was also able to buy hogs and chickens as investment for additional income for the family.

On her second harvest, she was able to earn almost Php30,000 and able to sell it using her strategies. Emelia manages her money properly. She even takes a part of it and share it to the church as gratitude for the blessings received.

“Sauna nangandoy ko nga makatanom, pero ang problema walay kwarta. Nalipay kaayo ko kay naay suporta nga semilya kay kato dyud ang nakatabang sa amoa og dako nga nakabalay mi og tarong karon.” Emelia proudly said.

“Dako kaayo kog pasalamat sa SLP og DSWD kay na usa ko sa mga nakaapil sa benefit nga ilahang gipanghatag. Dako kaayog ikatabang sa among pamilya”

“Kung nay tabang gikan sa Gobyerno atong ampingan. Dili pasagdan, dili usik usikan ang oras kay mao ra gihapon ang kalisod, dili ta moasenso. Dako akong pasalamt sa SLP og DSWD kay usa ko sa naka-avail sa benefit nga gihatag nila. Dako kaayo’g tabang sa among pamilya.”

Today, Emelia need not to worry about her children. She’s now able to provide good clothes and food on the table. All her sacrifices, efforts and pain were paid-of. She now earns an average amount of Php3,000 per week and indeed it’s a sweet harvest from hardwork, she said. ####BERNELY SHEILAINE L NEMIL-SMO / NURSIDA JULWADI-PDO

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Sustainable Livelihood Program’s Paskujuan on its 3rd Celebration

 

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.

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“Overcoming Fears, Reaching Success”

Everyone has their own fear, fear of failure, being left behind, or poverty. For Renelyn H. Toong, 34, she’s afraid of the word “debt”.

 

Renelyn lives with her family in barangay Bacong, in the so-called Magnificent View Capital of Zamboanga del Norte, the municipality of Salug. She and her husband were able to support their living through selling charcoal from the coconut trees in their little property. Their children live with their relatives while they are out working. However, the daily income they earn is just enough for their needs for the day. This situation forced the couple to work even harder, to the point where there are no idle moments every minute of every day.

 

But there was something not everybody knew, even the couple themselves where not very aware of the skills they already knew. This skill, if only they knew howto make the best out of it, could help them uplift their lives. All they needed too was capital, which at the time, they also did not have.

 

The Toong family are pantawid beneficiaries, when the blessing through the face of SEA-K opportunity came, their reaction was unusual. They had second thoughts because in the amount of ten thousand pesos they are afraid that they cannot pay back. Day passed as they were analysing on what to do, the pastor in their place advised them to grab the opportunity.

 

“Kuha na mo ana (SEA-K), kay naa gud moy mga gamit unya kulang nalang mo’g ipuhunan.” The pastor said.

 

Renelyn then decided to go and register for the help. Luckily it was also the day that photos will be taken of beneficiaries who are interested to avail SEA-K. She later became part of a group that consists of 15 members.

 

When Renelyn received the grant worth ten thousand pesos (10,000) she bought the needed materials for their dream bakery. She was also able to buy a motorcycle at an instalment basis, which they used to be able to make things easier when they bought materials for their business, as well as for deliveries.

 

Renelyn passionately did her work as part of the business. At first, they they were only able to buy ingredients by kilos, but eventually, as their income became consistent, and started to grow, they were able to get these by sacks.

 

Nag antos dyud mi hangtod nga medyo makapalit na mi’g sinako. Sauna kinilo ra’g asukal, unya karon by sack na.” Said Renelyn.

 

Slowly they were able to add materials in their business, especially when they were blessed with another capital. Renelyn became a PAMANA grantee. She received worth twenty thousand pesos (20,000) which she was very grateful of.

 

 

Today, Renelyn doesn’t need to worry much about the expenses at home.

In their everyday delivery through his husband’s effort, they earn 3,000-4,000pesos, while they earn 800-1,500 for the products they have on display in the bakery per day.

 

When Renelyn remembers their life in the past, she still cannot believe that she was able to manage the money properly. She was also amazed of herself because before she was afraid to take money from debt.

 

“Sa permero mura dyud ko naguol kay sukad sukad wala man ko nakahulam og ing-ani, makahulam ko 100 pesos lang, pero maguol na gale ko kay di kabayad. Pero sa dihang nakadawat ko og tabang sa SEA-K, ako ning gigamit, ginegosyo og gihandle uban sa akong bana: okay man kay nigawas ang maayong resulta. Kung unsay among kita, okay dyud.” Said Renelyn comicly.

 

“Sa panahon nga nakaapil mi sa SEA-K nakatabng dyud siya, dako kaayog katabang sa panginabuhi.”

“Kaning maong programa dako dyud kaayo ni siya’g ikatabang sa amoa, sa mga pobre, basta ayuhan ra pod ang pagdumala sa tabang nga ihatag sa atoa, mo okay dyud ang negosyo. Mas nindot dyud kung mokuha ta ani unya atong idapat sa maong negosyo, kay kung imong i-negosyo motubo man gyud na siya.”

 

“Sa DSWD og SLP, pasalamaton kaayo ko sa tanan sa nagadumala, nagdala ani, dako kaayo siyag ikatabang sa akong pamilya. Salamat kaayo nga niabot ning program nga nakatabang dyud sa akong pamilya.” – Renelyn

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“Once a Trainee, now a Trainer”

Ayaw ko na mag-aral ulit, matanda na ako. Ibigay mo nalang yan sa iba yung bata ang edad.” Said Marty.

In a simple Barangay Anastacio, Polanco, Zamboanga Del Norte lives a farmer with his wife and four (4) children. Marty A. Celicious, 45, is striving to live and support his family. He plants vegetables for a living, as well as for their own consumption.

Apparently, farming is the main source of income in their place, and Marty narrates that life was very difficult for them since rice is harvested every trimester. They also rely on the income they get from selling his vegetables. He sells it not only in their neighbourhood but he travels to other municipalities just to sell it. Her wife Rose also helps to provide through doing home services like manicure and hairdressing, while their 2 children are in school. Marty also works part-time as a construction worker whenever he is needed; he gets paid 150-200pesos per day.

Rose, on the other hand, is a parent leader; their family are pantawid members since 2009. One day, when Rose was in the municipality to meet her co-beneficiaries, a DSWD worker from Sustainable Livelihood Program approached her. She was asked if she knows someone who is interested to undergo skills training in Electrical Installation and Maintenance. Rose was very eager to share the information to her group and also to her husband Marty. Sadly, Marty was not interested because for him he’s too old to be trained.

“Nakakahiya kung sasali pa ako sa training baka pagtawanan lang ako ng mga kasamahan ko doon.” Said Marty

Rose pushed her husband to register as a participant in the training; Marty granted her wife’s request and went to register. The SLP worker, Ms. Ione Reasonable, who approached Rose told Marty to give his self a chance, and be serious with the opportunity that was given to them, but Marty just smiled.

 Days turned to months and Marty received a call that the seminar for the training will start in an hour. Marty was helping his father that time in their farm harvesting rice. He was carrying a sack of rice while talking over the phone. He was asked to go to the municipal office right away, but Marty declined because he was busy helping his father so he could be able to get his share of rice for his family’s consumption. However, his father allowed him since it was important.

The following day, the training started.

“Huwag kayong a-absent kase sayang. Kapag isang araw kayong um-absent marami kayong maiiwanang lesson na hindi niyo na malalaman sa installation.” Said a TESDA trainor.

Marty never missed a day of opportunity. He became comfortable with his classmates because the participants were mixed; there were teenagers, adults and even people older than him.

After 51 days of training under Electrical Installation and Maintenance capacitated by SLP partner Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Marty and his co-participants were assessed and were able to attain National Certificate II. With their head held high, they marched their way to receive their certificate on their graduation day. They also received their starter kits which are included in their training package.

Maganda talaga ang pograma ng SLP. Sana ito ay magpatuloy dahil marami talaga ang nangangailangan nito.” Marty emotionally said.

The journey just begun for Marty, he further enhanced his capabilities through studying Trainers Methodology. The outcome of his hard work, effort and determination, he passed the course. He is now a competent Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Trainer. However, he cannot apply for a job just yet, since his papers needed to be processed for 6 months for the certification. While waiting, he had a part-time work in installing electricity in neighbouring barangays of Polanco, he works with a group, installing two (2) lights and one (1) outlet. They are paid worth 500pesos per household. Marty with his co-electricians are paid per package in one barangay, depending on  how many household would want installation. Payment ranges from 15,000-20,000pesos.

Masasabi ko talagang mas maganda ang programang ito sa SLP. Nakaka-proud kapag nakakadating ako sa ibang lugar, sa munisipyo, makatulong ako sa ibang tao at makapagshare ako ng kaalaman sa iba.”

“Itong programang ito, hindi lang ako ang nangailanagan, marami pa. Hindi talaga magsisisi ang mag-aaral nito.”

 

Marty cannot contain his happiness on how he achieved his accomplishments in life. With wide smiles and flashy happy laughter as he shared the changes in is life.

“Dati sumasahod lang ako ng 200 pesos, hindi naman yun araw-araw. Pero ngayon kapag binigyan ako ng isang item, malaki-laki talaga ang kita. Forty thousand pesos sa fifty one (51) day na pagtuturo. Kung sa isang taon maka tatlong training ako, malaki na talaga.”

Marty’s sole dream is to be able to make his four children finish their studies and have their own good life in the future.

“Proud nga ako na natulungan ako ng SLP kase nakatulong din ako ngayon sa iba. Mahirap talaga paniwalaan na narrating ko ito ngayon. Nagpapasalamat ako sa SLP, akala ko hindi na aangat ang buhay ko. ” Marty dreamily states.

“Sa DSWD, SLP at 4Ps, maganda po talaga ang mga programang ito. Sana ito ay magpatuloy kase marami pa ang nangangailangan hindi lang po ako. Sa kin lang alaki ang pasalamat ko kase natulungan ang aking pamilya lalo na sa aking hanapbuhay na binigyang diin na umunlad po kame dahil sa programang ito, itatagyod sa inabukasan, ito po ay magpatuloy.”

“Sa mga kapwa benepisyaryo, itong skills trainng ay maganda, maganda kaysa tumanggap ka ng pera, dahil ang skills training sa lahat hindi yan mababawi ng iba ang kaalaman mo. Napakahalaga nito, dahil ung kaalaman mo, pagkatao mo, hindi makukuha ng ibang tao. Magagamit mo talaga hindi lang sa dito pilipinas pero pati s ibang bansa.”

Marty is devotedly teaching in the Dipolog Medical Center-College Foundation. He was also given a  number of offers by different schools to train outside his birthplace, but he respectfully declined because he wants to share first his knowledge to his hometown, in the municipality of Polanco.

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