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DSWD 12 grants livelihood aid to Tacurong entreps

Driven by the goal to revert entrepreneurs to their Corona virus-disrupted businesses, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XII (DSWD 12), through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of Tacurong, released monetary livelihood assistance to small-time business owners, vendors, and service workers from twenty barangays of the city through a simultaneous payout activity on six clustered venues, October 1-2, 2020.

With a total amount of 6,615,000 pesos, the Sustainable Livelihood Program-Livelihood Assistance Grant (SLP-LAG) of DSWD 12 aims the rehabilitation of livelihood and restoration of resources to 1,107 Tacurongnon entrepreneurs with bread and butter stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic and service workers whose line of work, like massage services, defy the social-distancing norm.

According to Josephine M. Ubaldo, CSWDO-Livelihood and Skills Development Training Head, the identification of vendors and service workers as primary and secondary recipients of SLP-LAG is a joint decision from the Technical Working Group of the Local Govenment Unit of Tacurong composed by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior and Local Govenment, Department of Trade and Industry, and the city’s Planning Office and Public Employment Service Office.

Present on specified venues hosted by the gymnasiums of Brgy. Griño, Brgy. New Isabela, Brgy. Rajah Mudah, Brgy. Upper Katungal, Brgy. San Emmanuel and the City Grand Stand were mostly Balut vendors, merchants of various goods, and carenderia and sari-sari store owners with readily filled out Social Amelioration Card (SAC) Form and valid ID to present to the personnel of DSWD 12 and Tacurong LGU stationed on each site.

Also in attendance, Eufemia L. Robles, DSD, City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Jonathan B. Mandi, Social Marketing Officer, DSWD 12, and Merdibon Mangana, EO70-SLP-Focal Person, DSWD 12 supervised the undertaking and resolved some little bumps on the road posed by non-disclosure of business by some grantees.

As mandated by DSWD 12, a grantee must have been a recipient of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and must have declared an existing small-scale business prior to the distribution of SAP earlier this year to qualify for SLP-LAG.

Moreover, the lowest amount a qualified individual can claim is 5,000 pesos and depending on the Grant Utilization Plan (GUP) required by DSWD 12 that bares the itemization of one’s business capital and expenses, a beneficiary may receive figures exceeding the minimum.

Brgy. New Isabela, the biggest beneficiary of SLP-LAG, collected and disbursed a sum of 975,500 pesos to 178 residents identified with businesses. Hon. Jose Javier, Brgy. Captain, expressed his warmth of heart in seeing his constituents receive cash aid and he hoped for a second or third batch follow-up activity so more barangay dwellers, not just in New Isabela but also around Tacurong, can avail.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a national project allocated under Bayanihan 2 (Bayanihan to Recover as One Act) replacing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of Bayanihan 1 (Bayanihan to Heal as One Act). (Daniel Espadon)

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12 asosasyon sa lungsod ng Tacurong, tumanggap ng P4.9M grant mula DSWD

Umabot sa 281 na mga kasapi ng labindalawang asosasyon sa lungsod ng Tacurong ang nabiyayaan ng P4.,925,461.00 na livelihood grant mula sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Ang grant o libreng tulong-pinansiyal ay nasa ilalim ng Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) ng DSWD na naglalayon na tulungan ang mga mahihirap na mamamayan para maiangat ang kanilang kabuhayan.

Ginanap ang isang simpleng seremonya sa paggawad ng tseke sa command post ng Incident Management Team on COVID-19 sa Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center kaninang umaga, Hunyo 9.

Pinangunahan ni Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla ang awarding ceremony kasama sina City Social Welfare and Development Officer Eufemia Robles at CSWDO-Livelihood Section Head Josephine Ubaldo.

Dumating din ang mga kawani ng DSWD 12 sa pangunguna ni Project Development Officer III Mohammad Baunto.

Kasama sa mga benepisyaryo ang mga kasapi ng Pantawid Pamilya ganundin ang iba pang bahagi ng informal sector.

Isa ang Balegkas SLP Association ng Barangay San Emmanuel sa may pinakamalaking natanggap na assistance sa halagang P839,130.00. Ang “balegkas” ay hango sa salitang kasuotan o clothing.

Ayon kay Lumanda Mangco, presidente ng asosasyon, umaabot sa 30 ang kanilang myembro. Plano nila umanong magpatayo ng tailoring shop bilang negosyo.

“Masaya kami at matutupad na rin ang pangarap namin na magkaroon ng negosyo”, ani Mangco.

Sinabi ni PDO Baunto na pangunahing layunin ng SLP na malinang ang ‘entrepreneurial and labor skills’ ng mahihirap na pamilya para mas mapalawak ang access nila sa pangunahing serbisyo at maiangat ang estado ng kanilang kabuhayan.

“Mas matututukan ninyo ang pagpapalago ng inyong negosyo dahil wala kayong babayarang utang sa gobyerno,” sabi ni Baunto.

Hinimok naman ni Mayor Montilla ang mga kasapi ng asosasyon na patatagin ang kanilang grupo para magtagumpay ang papasukang negosyo.

“Tiwala, katapatan, at respeto… ito ang ilan sa pangunahing ingredients sa matatag na asosasyon. Nawa’y magsilbi kayong modelo at inspirasyon para sa ibang mga asosasyon,” ani Mayor Montilla. (LGU Information)

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P300K financial assistance, natanggap ng Gardeners’ Association mula sa LGU Tacurong

Iginawad ni Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla ang P300,000 na tulong-pinansiyal sa mga kasapi ng Goodwill Gardeners’ Association ng Lungsod ng Tacurong sa isang simpleng seremonya sa command post ng Incident Management Team nitong umaga.

Ang tulong ay bahagi ng Sustainable Livelihood Project (SLP) Fund ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Tacurong na pinangangasiwaan ng City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

Naiiyak naman na nagpasalamat ang association president na si Ginang Susan Sarmiento sa tinanggap nilang tulong mula sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Lungsod ng Tacurong.

“Hindi po namin inaasahan na ang katulad naming mga maliliit na manggagawa ay mabibigyan ng ganitong kalaking tulong mula sa pamahalaan”, ayon kay Ginang Sarmiento.

“Lubos po ang aming pasasalamat kina Mayor Roncal Montilla at Councilor Geronimo Arzagon dahil nabigyan ng katuparan ang aming hiling”.

Pinasalamatan din niya ang mga naiambag na tulong nina Executive Assistant to the mayor Rogelio Garcia, CSWD Officer Eufemia Robles, at CSWDO-Livelihood Section Head Josephine Ubaldo.

Ang asosasyon ng mga hardinero at hardinera ay binubuo ng 25 mga kasapi mula sa iba’t-ibang barangay ng lungsod.

May mga puwesto sila ng kani-kanilang paninda malapit sa Tacurong City Integrated Public Terminal sa Barangay New Isabela.

Sinabi ni Ginang Ubaldo na may susunding panuntunan sa naibigay na tulong-pinansyal. Isa umano itong loan o pautang na babayaran sa loob ng apat na taon nang walang interes.

Sinusunod umano nito ang loan scheme na ipinapatupad sa ilalim ng dating Self-Employment Association-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) na ngayon ay kilala na sa tawag na SLP.

Naitatag ang Goodwill Garderners’ Association noong 2019 at maliban sa pagiging kasapi ng LGU-accredited Civil Society Organization, rehistrado na rin ito sa Department of Labor and Employment. (LGU-Information)

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