Pantawid Pamilya mothers become entrepreneurs

QUEZON CITY, Oct. 10 -- Assisted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), 60 Pantawid Pamilya mothers in Negros Oriental have been provided skills training and seed capital of P600,000 to start their chosen enterprise.

Calling their group Sustainable Livelihood (SL) Vallehermoso, the newbie entrepreneurs are now the supplier of the meat requirements for the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) of day care centers in the town of Vallehermoso.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that providing livelihood assistance to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries through the SLP would enable them to establish a source of income to complement their cash grants from the program.

These mothers are among the 681,030 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries nationwide who have been provided by DSWD with skills training and capital assistance from January 2011 to July 2015.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program which invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides monthly cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers for checkups, and attending the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Last month, the World Bank said the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program is one of the best-targeted social safety net programs in the world. (DSWD)

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