DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program aims to cover 378,822 families this year

February 6, 2015 12:34 am 

MANILA, Feb. 5 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), aims to extend assistance to some 378,822 marginalized families this year as part of the government's continuing efforts to uplift the lives of underprivileged individuals.

President Benigno Aquino III said the SLP expansion program is part of his administration's intensified drive to reduce poverty in the country.

"No one, especially the poor and the vulnerable should be left behind," the Chief Executive said.

The SLP, a community-based capacity-building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of its participants, is implemented using the Community-Driven Enterprise Development approach, which enables participants to contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.

The SLP consists of micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation. Its key interventions include agribusiness and tourism, commodity clusters, tourism, partnerships, employment assistance and cash for building livelihood assets.

Last year, the SLP covered 61,737 families, or 55 percent of the 111,314 families targeted for the program.

From the time it began in January 2011 until July last year, the SLP served 401,161 families, 85 percent of whom, or 342,164 families, were beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Aside from Pantawid families, the SLP also served 58,997 non-Pantawid beneficiaries over the same period.

Meanwhile, the number of families who received assistance through the Self-Employment Assistance — Kaunlaran Revolving Settlement Fund totaled 40,045 families in 2011, 68,396 in 2012, and 171,986 in 2013.

With the continuous expansion of the program in three to six Pantawid Pamilya municipalities, a total budget of P4.9 billion has been proposed this year to cover the targeted families. (PNA)

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