Bayan’s Fruitful Patience

Every person faces different challenges and situations of difficulty. Some people do not even know how to take themselves out of a bad situation, they only keep on worrying, yet they do not take actions to improve their situation. There are some out there, who do everything, anything, to pull their selves together and be able to surpass their difficulties.

Benson Bayan ( ), lives with his wife Patriya and their four (4) children in barangay Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City. It may be uncomfortable for him to say that in the past, his family was supported by his sister in their daily needs, but it was a reality. Every day he tried to look for a job, even a simple work, but could not find one. He thought that maybe this was because he only finished high school. He had a brief experience in college under the course of Planning Engineering for only a year, because his parents could not afford to pay for his education.

”Para sakin yung buhay ko dati malala, sa isang araw isang beses lang kame kumakain. Dalawa pa yung anak namin noon, nagtitiis lang talaga kame. Paminsan naglulugaw kame, o kanin lang. minsan hindi pa ako nakakakain, humuhingi ako paminsan sa kapatid ko na babae ng bigas para lang mayroon akong makain. Kaya nung dumating sa buhay ko ang Pantawid unti unting umangat ang buhay namin, nakakakain na kame ng tatlong beses sa isang araw.”

But amidst all the struggles in life, things were going to change, a break, that he nd his famiy really needed. Benson was also a 4Ps beneficiary, and in one of their regular meetings, a City Link from the DSWD brought them good news. One of the department’s programs, the SLP ( susjsajs), was offering free skills training to interested beneficiaries. Upon learning about this, Benson became very interested and was overly excited about this opportunity. He and some other beneficiaries formed an association consisting of 25 members, and this was the start of their journey to success.

Their association was given the chance to choose a type of training that is suitable for the type of business they plan on putting up, so they decided to take Bread and Pastry Production.

“Sabi ko sa kagrupo ko, ‘kung gusto niyo bakery nalang kase pangmatagalan’, um-agree naman sila s’akin.”

The training was not conducted as soon as they decided on it, they had to wait for the approval of the proposal. They patiently waited for it, and never doubted it.

“Nag-antay lang kame kase sinabihan na kame na ganyan talaga ang proseso. Kumbaga sa amin “sabr’, magtiis talaga, magpasensya. Gusto sana nila ng pera, pero sinabi ko sakanila na marami ng nag-release pero walang nangyari.” Benson said.

After 6 long months, Benson with his co-participants eagerly underwent skills training under Bread and Pastry Production. They were capacitated through DSWD’s partner TESDA for 15 days. Each member was funded worth 20,000 pesos for the training, and starter kits that they will receive after they finish the course. The venue of training was an easy access for them since it was located at Sta. Barbara barangay hall which was sponsored by the Local Government Unit.

For Benson it was a dream come true to be able to learn to make different pastries. He was very overwhelmed that he can now produce something that he only wish he could do before. After finishing the training and receiving their starter kits, reality of the weight of their new venture, begun to start.

“Pagkatapos ng training namoblema ako kase wala kameng sariling lugar at wala pa akong experience sa pagpapatakbo ng bakery. Tinatanong ko din mga kasama ko dati hindi din nila alam. Pero sige lang, ganun talaga kapag first time mo, tiis tiis lang. ‘Yong doon kame sa dating barangay naming mahirap ang situwasyon doon kasi walang kuryente.”

Eventually he found a place to put up their bakery, but Benson was the only one pursuing the business, the other members did not help him to push through with their business, instead, went to start a business on their own.

“Nung nagsisimula palang ako hindi talaga balance ang income, may 500, 600. ‘Yong mga ingredients na binigay sa amin unti unti ng nauubos, doon na ako namomoblema kaya kumuha na ako ng kasama para gumawa siya ng pan. Kase kung ako pa ang gagawa at mag-dedeliver, pagod na.” Benson expressed.

Facing the struggles of a new business, Benson needed to ask help from his nephew in Pagadian who willingly came here to Zamboanga just to assist him in running his bakery. But even this had to end, his nephew needed to go back to Pagadian because his family and work was there. Each day may be very hard for Benson but he was always happy about what he was doing. He can say that it is now his cup of tea. He also accepts orders of cakes for different occasions such as graduations and birthdays. His cakes cost 250 to 300 pesos, but also gives it at 200 pesos for people who are dear to him.

“Kung nagkaka-income ako ng 2,000, yung 500 ibibili ko ng kagamitan na dagdag sa bakery, tapos yung 1,500 sa baon ng anak ko, kuryente, ilaw, at emergency.” Benson happily said.

Running the business alone, Benson really pursued the bakery, he endures anything because nothing is impossible if you strive really hard.

“Andito na ang bakery, papalaguin nalang natin. Siyempre proud din ang mga tumulong sa atin lalo na kung makita nila ang mga kagamitan na andyan pa na ginagamit. Lalo na yung City Link namin, tuwing dumadalaw sila dito sinasabi nila na okay daw talaga at tumatakbo pa ang bakery. Proud sila pati ang SLP kapag tatawag at mangangamusta.”

“Masarap sa feeling, siyempre yung dating hindi mo makain ngayon kaya mong mabigay sa mga anak mo. ‘Yon talaga ang kinaibahan”

Benson still can’t believe the changes that happened in his life, remembering the day that they were having a hard time looking for food to eat for the day and a work to pay for their needs. He is forever thankful for the opportunity that was given to him.

“Yung knowledge, dati wala akong alam. Kahit mawala man ang bakery ang karunungan hindi mawawala. Ngayon Yung natutunan ko hindi na yan maaalis. Dati nagdadalwang isip ako kung paano niluluto ung mga nkikita ko. Pero ngayon alam ko na ang gagawin.”

“Kailangan kung anong ibinogay sayo pahalagahan mo, ingatan mo para sa sarili mo at pamilya mo. siyempre kabuhayn yan, ingatan. Useless lang kahit tutulungan ka pero di mo tutulungan sarili mo oaano ka makarecover? Wala lang, kung sinong mag bibigay ng tulong ipakita mo na aya mo , panindigan mo ang tulong na ibinigay nila para sayo.”

“Salamat talaga lalo na sa SLP,kugn di dahil sakanila wala itong bakery, maraming salamat talaga malaki talaga ang tulog ng DSWD samin. Sana tuloy tuloy ang pagtulong nila sa taong mahihirap hindi lang gaya sakin.”

Today, aside from running his bakery, he also volunteers as Ustads in their community.

“Nagtuturo ako every Saturday and Sunday. Nagtuturo ako ng Arabic language, mabuting asal sa kapwa: mga dapat na ginagawa sa kapwa, at pagdadasal.” Benson shared.

Because of Benson’s effort, persistence, and belief in having a good life, he saw the beauty of sacrifice and patience where it brought him now. ###

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Sama-Bajaus benefit from Livelihood Farm Input

The Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) 9 in partnership with Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Zamboanga City turned-over inputs for seaweed farming to Sama Bajau beneficiaries in Sitio Bactus, Brgy. Talabaan, Zamboanga City.

 

Out of the forty (40) beneficiaries belonging to the 1st batch, twenty seven (27) were given materials needed for seaweed farming. The thirteen (13) others were given capital assistance for fishnet fishing, mat weaving and Sari-Sari Store.

 

Twenty seven (27) Sama Bajaus have also received their fishing paraphernalia to help them start their individual livelihood in agar-agar farming which was given by BFAR. An operational grant amounting to five thousand (5,000) pesos was also given to them last August 15, 2017 to enable them to start the livelihood project and ssistance from the Comprehensive Project for the Sama Bajau under Social Technology Unit of DSWD.

 

DSWD-STU aims to, increase the income of Sama Bajau through giving them access to the Comprehensive Livelihood Assistance Program; provide opportunities for other livelihood projects and enhance their skills in basic management by providing sustainable training/workshop; promote leadership and organizational skills among the Sama Bajau heads of the family thereby facilitating their reintegration to the program and to build their capacity to become self-reliant and self-sufficient through Comprehensive Program for sustainable livelihood projects.

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“My Almost Dream”

“Bata palang ko, gusto na nako magtrabaho sa hotel. Poreso gusto nako magtake og HRM.” Said Genefer.

The eldest sibling in the family, Genefer G. Parsaban, 19 grew up in Tugbungan, Zamboanga City. Genefer’s mother, Nelsin G. Parsaban, 45 is a bonafide resident of Brgy Limonan, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur who transferred to Zamboanga City when she got married to her husband, Jerry G. Parsaban, 45.

Money to pay for the expenses for their family’s daily needs is hard to produce, since Genefer’s father only earns at least 300 pesos a day as a pedicab driver, while her mother earns only 100 pesos per day as an assistant in a carenderia in their barangay. Gratefully, her parents are able to pay for their food, electricity and water. However, there were also days when they could not afford for their necessities. Genefer grew up used to their situation, but she promised to herself that one day she will be able to help her family.

“Ang lisod kaayo kanang pamasahe, usahay moabsent nalang ko kay walay kwarta. Usahay manghulam lang sa silingan.” Genefer sadly expressed.

This is their everyday scene since she was in elementary, up until she reached high school. She sometimes walks to school just to be able to attend her classes. Having no money was not a hindrance for her; she still manages to maintain good grades. Genefer is very determined to learn and earn her diploma. However, when she graduated in high school, she was not able to proceed to college. She stopped because of the insufficiency of money. She thought that if she will take the course that she is rooting for, which is Hotel and Restaurant Management. Her parents expressed anxiety that they might not be able to afford for her uniform and other requirements. Genefer do not want to be a burden to her parents, therefore, she willingly helped them and worked in her mother’s working place to be able to augment their money for their expenses.

After 2 years of working, her mother asked her to go for a vacation with her cousin in Brgy. Limonan. While she was away for a needed rest, her neighbour from Zamboanga called her.

“Gitawagan ko sa akong silingan nga naay libre nga training sa usa ka technical vocational school tungod sa DSWD. Wala ko nag duha duha, niuli dayon ko diri sa Zamboanga.”

Genefer didn’t let this opportunity pass. She submitted the necessary requirements as soon as she could. She did not wait for too long for the training, after her validation as a pantawid beneficiary, orientation was given right away the next day. There were 40 participants who underwent the training for Housekeeping National Certificate II in Global Technical School of Zamboanga.

“Daghan ko natun.an, kanang mag arrange sa bed, mag limpyo og CR. Dayon mag vacuum og washing. Ganahan jud ko.” Said Genefer happily.

After 25 days of capacitating Genefer with the skills, she was assisted by the Technical Vocational Institute (TVI) partner in applying at KCC-Zamboanga right after their graduation. Genefer is fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be trained for it is a guaranteed employment. It was incorporated in the Memorandum of Agreement between the DSWD and TVI partner institution as an understanding that they will ensure right after the training; the graduates of SLP skills training will land a job.

Genefer submitted the requirements needed and was instantly contacted for an interview. Thankfully, she was immediately absorbed by the company. It was a 6-month contract with the employer, and if they had a good performance, they may be subject for extension.

Genefer is now earning 296 pesos per day. You can now see her in the school supplies department as a saleslady in KCC, serving the clients with a happy heart. On her first salary, she proudly shared that she bought school shoes for her brother and sisters. Seeing them smile gives her the motivation to do more.

“Masaya ako kase matutulungan ko yung pamilya ko lalo na kung may kailangan sila.”

She is now able to help with the expenses of the family. Genefer is aiming to earn so she can continue her studies and attain her dream in life.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako ng lubos sa SLP at DSWD dahil hindi lahat makakaranas ng ganitong pagkakataon, swerte po talaga. Nagpapasalamat din ako sa pasensya ng trainor naming si Sir James. Salamat rin sa panginoon kase kung wala siya, wala tayo.” – Genefer

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Struggle for Success

Hamida Ordonez, 43 started her life in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province. When she was younger, her family moved to Isabela City since her father worked as a logging driver.

Hamida married Sanny, 46 and recounted the days when their life was too difficult to bear. Their humble dwelling is made of make shift hut, in the upper regions of Isabela, Kapayawan. Their life was hard and challenging where it came to the point that the only meal served in their table was boiled banana with garlic and onions. Amid the struggles of having a family at a very young age, Hamida still managed to attend school. She walked for several kilometers from Kapayawan, the farthest and most critical area, to the city proper where she tried to finish high school.

Unfortunately, she had to leave her family in search of better opportunities. In the early 2000s, she decided to work overseas and leave her children with her husband. Things became better, whatever she earned overseas, she sent back to her husband, and they used it for their children. Sanny managed their finances very well and set aside some amount to be used for business. In 2004, Hamida came back to Isabela and continued her studies. Whatever was left of the money they set aside, they used for their needs, and also invested in a small “sari-sari” store business. After years juggling between being a mother, a wife, a student, and a vendor, in 2009, she finally graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education at Claret College of Isabela.

In 2013, she started a business selling fishballs and tempura near a local school. This was also the year when PAMANA was introduced to them. One day, a Project Development Officer (PDO) and their Barangay Chairman went to her and asked her to select 30 beneficiaries. Fifteen for the Pantawid Program, and another Fifteen women.

Hamida was hesitant and told their chairman about it. She was afraid because it involved money and she never wanted to have to do anything with money. She was afraid of having the responsibility of having to handle a huge amount of money. But still the chairman chose her to be the leader of the group. She still insisted not to take responsibility, but the chairman told her, if she would not be the leader, then they would not push through with this project. This was when she decided to take the risk because she also wanted to help the other people in the group, to uplift the status of their lives.

Hamida and the group then started their own meetings and decided on which business they wanted to push through, they had to consider many things and one of the most difficult aspects was their distance from the city proper where they had to get their stocks from. To add to the difficulty, more than the distance, they also had trouble since there were no decent roads from their area to the city. The group had regular meetings and some of the members were starting to become reluctant, they were arguing that the project was not legitimate and was only done because elections were fast approaching. The members thought that this was propaganda and that this was a form of campaign. Hamida explained to them that they needed to wait, that they needed to undergo the process and that members needed to go through seminars. But the members grew even more reluctant as days passed.

February of 2014, long after the elections, the cheque was finally released to the group, but even then, the members were still unconvinced and things got a little out of hand. The members accused Hamida of stealing their money since she could not show the money to them yet. She was accused of having spent the money for “shopping” and even their new barangay chairman believed on this. Again, she had to call a meeting to explain to the members that the money was not to be distributed to them just yet. She explained to them that they needed to open a bank account named after the association. They then tried to open their own account and deposit their capital fund. They needed a lot of requirements and payments to be able to do this, but since the group did not have actual money yet, Hamida used her own money to pay for the fees and all the expenses to be able to process their application. The group also needed to ask for certification from DOLE to be able to start their business; this was given to them after several weeks from application.

After all the necessary processes were fulfilled and approved, they started the construction of their business. They began construction of their business beside the Ordonez’s residence; they had the help from an engineer from the City Hall. During the construction of the building, the members had “bayanihan”, they helped each other build their business which lessened their expenses to 75,000pesos. The construction did not take a month to finish, and they started to follow up on other needs for the business. They had bidding for the suppliers of the business and they followed the required processes. They also decided and assigned procurement officer, a bookkeeper; business manager, inventory officer and all of the officers fit their job description.

June 21, 2014, when all requirements and all papers were accomplished, they finally opened their business. They spent 209,000pesos for both the building and supplies. The store opens at 7AM and closes at 6PM. They took turns in managing the store and they were given 50pesos each, they needed 2 staff during operations apart from the secretary who needed to be there every day. On the first month of business, they earned 80,000pesos. They had regular meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, and agreed that their income will be equally divided after 6months.
They also practice the act of giving, when a family member belonging to the barangay dies, they offer snacks and other commodities to the family as well as for the people who come to visit and vigil.

Hamida’s association is doing good and have been a reliable source of help for the members of the association, as well as their community. It has given the members extra income which they badly need, at the same time the community is having the benefit of convenience especially for their needs, from textiles to school supplies and other basic needs. The association has an average of 50,000pesos per month and still expanding. They are now venturing into the cassava business. They already purchased the basics for cassava production and also a carabao.

Up to this day, Hamida invites other people to join them in their association in her quest to help others uplift their life the same way the association has done for her.

“malaki po talaga ang pasasalamat namin sa DSWD in behalf of Kapayawan kase lahat po kame natulungan. Laking pasasalamat na may programa silang ganyan, pantawid at PAMANA.”

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“Un Nana, un Mujer, un Lider” (Mother, Woman, Leader)

Commitment was one thing she was afraid of, but commitment is also the main reason why she is a public servant.

At a very young age, Kirsten Gabriel experienced the hardships of life. She struggled keeping herself sane, her parents were not in a very good relationship; they fought every day. One day, they decided to get separated. This had a very bad impact on Kirsten. For a while, she stayed with her mother.

Kirsten, being a “rebellious” daughter, decided to try her luck living alone. She had to leave her mother and faced life on her own. Being a “jack-of-all-trades”, she applied for every job she could possibly encounter. She landed as a Dance Instructor (DI), and she did this for a long time. She was able to support herself even if this kind of job was not enough. Kirsten also joined dancing competitions to be able to earn more; she joined every contest she can in all barangays to be able to provide for her needs. Along the way, in her journey in life, she crossed paths with the man she fell in love with.

In their town in Pagadian, she met Junie, an employee at the local mining firm. They fell inlove with each other and later on had their own kids. They had 3 children, namely Dimple, 16; Glyce, 12; and Eloise, 5 years old. It was almost perfect, however; it was like what the saying goes, history repeats itself. Like what happened o her parents, Kirsten and Junie got separated, they came to a point where they cannot stand each other. Kirsten was busy to serve the multitude, while Junie became busy at work. He had bad vices such as drinking and gambling. Kirsten admits that she lacks time for Junie, but she was also determined to give her time serving the poor people who also need her help.

Kirsten needed to raise her children alone. To be able to support them, she did buy and sell.

“Kung ano yung puhunan ko kailangan ko ma buy and sell. Halimbawa yung palay, tapos kailangan mapagaling ko yun. Dayun ibenta ko yung mga bigas na sako sako sa mga bahay na umoorder. Isa yun sa negosyo ko. Dumaan din ako sa buy and sell ng alahas, ganun.”

In 2010, Kirsten qualified for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and became an active parent leader.

After several years, in 2014, one of the core programs of DSWD was introduced to Kirsten and the other members of 4Ps, the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). SLP Project Development Officers, met with them to relay the good news about the additional assistance that will be given to them.

The program was thorough explained to them which lead in deciding whether they will be given aid individually or as a group. Each member had different choices. Some wanted individual funding, while others want to start an association.

As individuals, beneficiaries were given 5,000 pesos from the Seed Capital Fund grant. Kirsten used this money as a capital for her buy and sell business, involving jewelry and rice sales. She earns 5 to 10 thousand a month from her rice sales, depending on the market demand. She has a physical store in the market of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. Also, she earns not less than 10 thousand pesos from her jewelry sales.

“Ako ang magpapagaling kase mas profitable. 65% bigas, 35% tahup.” Kirsten said. As wise as she is, the “tahup” gathered from the rice that she brought to be milled, was what she used as payment for milling the rice. Therefore, this was a form of saving, because no money from her pocket was used.

Aside from receiving individual fund, she also joined a group which later became an association, which engaged on general merchandising. She became president of the association which she leads up to this day.

In the municipal level, she was also voted as president among all other presidents of the different associations under their municipality. The group agreed to collect 500 pesos from each of the members to make this as savings. The money was from the Cash Building Livelihood Asset grant. They also did general merchandise where they cater the farmers. They sell fertilizers, abono, and such.

At one time, PDOs from the provincial cluster invited the presidents from the different municipalities. PDOs presented their project proposal to the members that they believe will further improve their lifestyle. The proposal presented was the idea of the provincial coordinator.

The project proposal of a 3-storey microenterprise federation incorporated came to a reality. The soft opening was on September of 2015. This was BIR and SEC registered before it officially opened. Kirsten who was very transparent and having good intentions for the project was elected for the third time, and this time, as president of this project. She promised to herself that she will not let all the beneficiaries down who made this project possible.

Although other members supervised the operation of this building, Kirsten also looks after this herself. The association offers catering services, they have a sari-sari store, an area for skills training, as well as a dormitory for in-house beneficiaries. The members believe that this building is their hope especially more trainings were coming their way.

Eventually, the Technical Vocational Institutes became their partners. Skills training were held in SLPPMFI building. This meant this was a good opportunity for them, because the venue was paid for, as well as the food they served.

Being a public servant, especially a leader definitely eats up your time. Kirsten, being a mother, is always thankful that her children understands her passion for work,

“Sinasabi ko lang sakanila na lahat ng pagsisikap ko hindi lang naman yun para sa atin, para makakain tayo, kundi para din sa future nila. Kase alam ko naman na mangyayari sa darating na panahon, alam ko na pinaagi ba sa akoang leadership nako, paningkamutan nako na ang hinahawakan kong mga posisyon ay mapalambo ang mga federation building. Sinabi ko sa mga anak ko na intindihin niyo ako kung wala man ako dito palagi kase para sa future niyo ‘to.”

Kirsten was also very proud of her 2 elder chidren,

“Yung mga anak ko walang year na hindi mag 1st. Yung dalawa, naapektuhan man sila kase lumipat kame sa poblacion dahil nagpatayo ako ng bahay dun. Pero kahit na ganun ang nangyari lagi naman silang nasa top 10. Hindi parin ako nabigo kahit na hindi ko sila masyadong naaasikaso dahil nasa top 10 naman sila. Nag aaral talaga at nakikita din nila yung pagsisikap ko para kung ano yung pangangailangan nila maibigay ko talaga.”

 As in any situation, struggles are always present, just like in Kirsten’s group. Collecting dues from the members of the association wasn’t easy. As some of the members were hopeful, others were doubtful.

“Pinapaintindi ko sakanila na “Nag sasave tayo para sa future dahil time is gold, time is money. Maghintay lang tayo ng tamang panahon magkakapera tayo.”

 If Kirsten was a hero, she would be like “The Flash”. Whenever the barangay, municipality, or the provincial cluster needs her, she always rushes to their aid, wherever she is, and whatever she’s doing.

There were also times when she cannot sleep in her own bed. Due to the time required by her job, she often rents a room whenever it’s too late for her to travel home. She also uses the extra time to prepare for the next agenda rather than travelling home.

Being hired by the SLPPMFI, salary is based on how many clients they’ll have. She can truly say that there was a huge change in her life.

“Dati kase yung involvement ko sa public barangay level lang, ngayon kase malaki na ang pinasok naming negosyo. Malaki na talaga ang naitulong sakin ng DSWD, physically, emotionally, pagka empower ko, lahat lahat yun.”

She will never be afraid to commit herself to give her services to the poor people, especially in the grassroots level. She believes that her strong will to help improve their lives will surely help pull them out of the situation they are in right now.

“Nagpapasalamat ako na may ahensya na DSWD kase lahat ng Pilipino na mahihirap na tao tinutulunagn talaga nila, nakikita ko yun actual talaga dahil isa akong member for 8 years.”

“Sa lahat ng president na dumaan na hindi nila niwala ang pantawid, ang 4Ps isa din yun sa mga pinapasalamatan ko.”

“Kay sir Donato Savella kase concepto niya yun. Siya talaga ang nag initiate, siya ang nag encourage. At siya din ang nag advise na ganito ang mangyayari sa future. Maramiakong natutunan sakanya.

Kirsten also thanks the Almighty God, the PDOs, MLs, her children, and Association Presidents. Also, she is thankful to the people she serves, “Pasalamat pod ko sa katawhan kay kung wala sila hindi ako magiging ganito.”

Kirsten continues to inspire people who were deprived of having a good life, those who are fighting the struggles of life.

“Sa mga beneficiary gaano man tayo kahirap ngayon, kung nahihirapan sa ngayon wag sumuko. Hindi man ngayon ang time na aasenso tayo kailangan magsikap, magsikap talaga. Dagdagan at habaan pa yung pasensya tungkol sa pagsisikap kase hindi tayo  magsikap para sa sarili natin walang mangayayri. Hindi natin maibibigay kung ano yug dapat obligasyon natin para sa anak natin at pamilya. Aya kailangan talaga ng pasisikap isa yun ata saka wag na wag silang mawalan ng pagasa. Dahil habang buhay ang tao may pagasa. At wag kalimutang magdasal sa Diyos. Bago ang lahat ng gawain sa lahat ng oras sa lahat ng araw bago matulog at paggising sa umaga magdasal talaga dahil wala ng ibang mas powerful pa kundi ang diyos. Lahat ng dasal ibibigay niya yan pero may mga rason na hindi man niya ibigay sa ngayon, sa darating na panahon ibibigay niya sa tamang panahon. Kaya huwag mawalan ng pag asa sa mga mahihirap na bene dahil isa yun, andito din ako para sakanila.”

 

Kirsten is now living with her kids and her soon to be husband whom she met after 4 years of being single mom. They are now together for three years, hoping for a love to last.

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PAMANA-SLP implementers gathered for Women Economic Empowerment, Peace Development Forum

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.

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Sunog’s Dream

“Gusto ko talaga tong Electrical Installation and Maintenance course, kaning opportunity duol pod sa among barangay. Dili ingon nga mag transportation pa ka. Nindot kaayo.” Said Hipolito F. Caballero, Jr during an interview after he confidently marched on his graduation ceremony last April 6, 2017 in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Hipolito is one of the 880 graduates who took the skills training course under Electrical Installation and Maintenance. He underwent community-based training in Electrical Installation and Maintenance National Certificate II (NC II).

Hipolito, 24 years old is the fifth child among the nine children of his parents, Andresa and Hipolito, Sr. The family has been a member of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program since 2014.

His parents and siblings fondly call him “Sunog”. But behind the nickname was a tragic experience. He was 6 months old then when their house got burned. The fire easily spread and razed their dwelling that is made in bamboo and cogon roof. The sudden incident unfortunately caused his disability.

Today, being a person with disability (PWD), he wholeheartedly pushed himself to be a significant inspiration to many. His disability won’t stop his dream, he said.

“Lisod man sa akong kaugalingon ako lang gikaya. Akong huna2 man good dili kay ingon nga disable ko. Akoang I kompleto jud kay kaya man nako ang buhaton sa uban.”

Hipolito is not only a NC II holder, but also a graduate of Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at Western Mindanao State University- Pagadian City campus last 2015. He was able to finish his studies through the combined efforts of his family, and other siblings. A lot of effort, hard work and sacrifice were his ticket to finish school.

Life was not easy for his family back when he was younger. He used to accompany his father in farming. “magtanom mi og mais, maghakot og lubi, mamasa ug baboy nga pambukid nga trabaho.”

 

The reason to double up their effort was a challenge to sustain their daily expenses. Their neighbours used to pay for the services to transport coconuts. He earns 250-300 pesos for 1,000 pieces of transported coconut. Though this has not been a regular work, but true enough, this helped their family.

If not transporting coconuts or farming, he proudly shared that he also accepts document encoding. Being a computer literate, he gets paid for 20 pesos per page. The highest earning he got so far was 150.00 pesos. He works in a nearby internet café since he does not own a personal computer. He dreamed someday to have his own so he can use it for future income generating activities.

Having two certificates, he is more confident to face life’s challenges. He sets his mind to do everything in his power, and perseverance to achieve his dreams in giving his family a good life and stable income.

Being a disable will never stop Hipolito from doing his best, in fact this enabled him to realize that his situation will not define his capabilities.

“kanang parehas nako nga PWD, dili nato hindrance kung unsa ta, dili nato itago kung unsa ta. Dapat ipakita nato nga kabalo ta nga kaya nato. Mag pursigi gyud ug eskwela para naay learnings kay kana jud ang importante sa atong kinabuhi.”

Hipolito expressed his grateful thanks to the Technical and Vocational Institute and Department of Social Welfare and Development who assisted and helped him avail the said training.

“Akong dakong pasalamat sa 1ANDALL Technical School, dako nakong pasalamat kay kining opportunity nga nahatag sa atong Zamboanga del Sur, dako jud katabang isip di lang ako nga PWD, sa tanan, mahibal.an pod nila nga magamit sa ilang pangkinabuhi.”

“Sa DSWD, Department of Social Welfare and Development, dako pod jud kaayo akong pasalamat nila nga ni appoint pod sila nga niani nga vocational nga gihatag diri sa among lungsod, Dako kaayo akong pasalamat.”

Now that Hipolito is an NC II holder he has more opportunities to earn extra income through electrical repair. He earns around five hundred (500) pesos per repair made.###

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94 Newly Hired PDOs of DSWD-SLP all set for Deployment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX recently hired ninety four (94) Project Development Officers (PDOs) as additional workforce under Sustainable Livelihood Program and now all set for deployment on field after attending the 2-day Basic Orientation Seminar at La Viña Hotel, Zamboanga City on April 25-26, 2017.

 

The additional workers shall be deployed in the different municipalities/cities of Zamboanga Peninsula to expand the reach of the program implementation.

 

During the orientation, SLP staff further deliberated the overview of the program to provide the PDOs general knowledge on the different processes of SLP and how it operates as a program.

 

The newly hired PDOs are expected to do the following major tasks on field: to identify the right projects at the right place for the right participants, to understand the key aspects of Feasibility Assessment in the identification and implementation of SLP projects in the community, and to be able to implement the different SLP modalities following the required procedures, parameters and disbursement processes.

 

Under the 94 newly hired PDOs, 17 staff shall be under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) which will be assigned in the Municipalities of Sibuco, Sirawai, Siocon and Baliguiaan.

 

While 22 are SLP Implementing PDOs for the municipalities who do not have PDOs yet and 55 are SLP Monitoring PDOs who will handle 2-3 nearby municipalities in the region.

 

Moreover, Implementing Project Development Officers has 230 beneficiaries target to give assistance within the year, while 1,000 beneficiaries for Monitoring PDOs yearly.

 

Sustainable Livelihood Program provides identified poor and vulnerable families and individuals the appropriate income-generating opportunities to help improve their level of economic sufficiency. Through the different modalities that it offers such as skills training, seed capital fund, employment assistance fund, and the cash for building livelihood assets it increases the economic opportunities of the families.###

 

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