Capital seed fund worth Php4.3 million from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was distributed among fifteen livelihood groups in Tacurong during the closing program of the 2015 Bottom-Up Budgeting for Sustainable Livelihood Program (BUB-SLP) on July 28, 2015 at the Tacurong Cultural and Sports Center.

“We hope that you make use of these funds, not only to start your livelihood, but also to keep it going in order to improve the quality of your lives,” said DSWD Regional Director Bai Zorahayda Taha.

Each group is composed of 30 members coming from different sectors of the city, in particular the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. All groups underwent mandatory workshop and basic business management training in preparation for the said capital assistance. The livelihood groups were organized by LGU-Tacurong City, following the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran or SEA-K mechanism.

During the event, the City Social Welfare and Development Office also presented 218 graduates skills training under the BUB-SLP. Skills training included: consumer electronics, massage therapy, hair science and beauty culture, home care products making, and t-shirt printing. The top trainees of hair science and beauty culture received free start-up kits while all of consumer electronics trainees received their own free tool kits worth Php2,000.00 each. The massage therapy trainees were also provided with NC II certification from TESDA, after having passed the assessment.

A total of 653 recipients benefited from the BUB-SLP 2015 cycle.

Moreover, DSWD – XII and LGU – Tacurong City pledged assistance in finding employment for the skills training graduates.
The BUB-SLP 2015 cycle was implemented by LGU-Tacurong, in partnership with the DSWD and the Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG).

Present during the event were City Mayor Lina Montilla, Regional Director Bai Zorahayda of DSWD- Region XII, Eufemia Robles of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), Alberto Sero of DILG – Tacurong, provincial coordinator Jonathan Mandi, and Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon.

The Bottom-Up Budgeting program, also known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting, is an initiative of the DILG in partnership with other agencies such as DBM, DSWD, and NAPC among others. With BUB, citizen participation in governance is encouraged in order to directly identify and address the inequity, poverty and marginalization of the poor. Envisioned by the late DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo, the BUB program stems from the right of citizens to participate in local governance as provided for by the 1987 Constitution with the Local Government Code of 1991 paving the means for the LGU to put such right into action. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)