10 Oro villages get P1.3-M DSWD livelihood fund-A A +A
Sunday, March 16, 2014
THE Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) regional office together with the City Social Service office here distributed a total of 1.325 million worth of livelihood assistance to 10 barangay associations.
“These beneficiaries or barangay associations are all part of the Self Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran Association or SKA. Each association has 25 members in which each will receive a minimum of 5,000 to 10,000 pesos per individual, varying on the type livelihood project in which they applied,” said Rhandy Ladoruz, sustainable livelihood program focal person DSWD Northern Mindanao.
Ladoruz explained that the project was in coordination with different local government offices.
“The office of Congressman Rodriguez initiated the request for support in terms of a livelihood project to our Social Welfare secretary Soliman, and this was referred to our regional office and then to the city social welfare office. We assessed and then validated all the identified beneficiary groups in the barangays and then organized them into 10 associations,” said Ladoruz.
Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd district representative of Cagayan de Oro City, is optimistic the project will help the beneficiaries to start their small businesses.
“This is not actually free give away; the livelihood assistance is in a way borrowing funds to help kick start small businesses within the different barangay associations. If this association would be able to return the money then they would be qualified for a much bigger grant and assistance,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said that through this kind of livelihood support the people would learn to work hard and stand out for themselves and hopefully several more barangays would benefit from the project in the future.
Alta Gracia Arroyo, president of the Tabang sa Kalambuan SKA of barangay 12, one of the 10 barangay beneficiaries is happy from the livelihood assistance she would receive.
“I’m so thankful for the chance to kick start our own livelihood project that would help our families. The help has a very big impact to all the members; it has given us hope to work hard and gain more in the future. With this support we all understood that we won’t just sit down and wait but work for it in order to earn,” said Gracia.
Gracia who has three children and 6 months pregnant explained the livelihood project their association has planned.
“We all agreed to put up a longganiza and baked goods such as cupcakes type of a livelihood business. We’ve already trained ourselves and scouted some prospective clients such as bank employees since our barangay is situated near business establishments,” said Gracia.
Gracia is confident that their plan would work since most of the association’s member work as vendors and food deliverers.
The DSWD enumerated the ten barangays that will receive the assistance as Balubal, Tablon, Gusa, Camaman-an, FS Catanico, Indahaag, Consolacion, Barangays 34, 35 and 12.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 17, 2014.