Gov't spends Php 4B to empower the poor through Sustainable Livelihood Program

August 4, 2015 5:23 am 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 3 –- The government has spent Php 4.46 billion to empower the poor through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) from 2011 to this year, a welfare official said Monday.

Charmaine Tadlas, the regional DSWD spokesperson, said that the SLP is a community-based capacity building effort that seeks to improve the program participants’ socioeconomic status.

The program intends to equip the participants to contribute to production and labor market through the DSWD’s SLP tracks, she said.

She said that from January 2011 to March 2015, the SLP program has already served 773,796 families in Northern Mindanao.

The SLP has two tracks: The Micro-enterprise Development and the Employment Facilitation, Tadlas said.

She said that the Micro-enterprise Development track supports micro-enterprises in becoming organizationally and economically viable, while the Employment Facilitation track assists participants to access appropriate employment opportunities.

She said that of the 773,796 families-beneficiaries, 648,328 families availed of the Microenterprise Development track while 125,468 families gained under the Employment Facilitation track. (PNA)

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