Monday, August 24, 2015

First batch of 120 4Ps beneficiaries finishes soap making training

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 22 (PNA) -- Some 120 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) on Friday completed a four-day training on making powder soap and fabric conditioner at the Concourse Convention Center here.

The trainees were divided into four groups or one group for each training day.

Another batch of 120 will train on the preparation of dimsum food products (siomai and puto pao) and polvoron.

The training also includes values formation and simple bookkeeping and basic cash management.

Each successful trainee was given a starter kit with necessary utensils and equipment and ingredients that are good for 20 kilograms.

Entitled ANTI-POVERTY (Addressing Basic Needs through Initiatives that Provide Opportunities and Viable Economic Resources that Yield Income), the project is envisioned to provide livelihood to the trainees-beneficiaries to give them a source of income.

The training was very relevant, timely and productive, the participants, who came from the various villages of Legazpi City and who like to venture into entrepreneurship, said in their evaluation sheets.

The project was approved during one of the meetings in 2014 of the Legazpi City Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) under the Bottom-Up Budgeting scheme of the national government for implementation in 2015.

It is being carried out with a Php2-million funding from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) based on a joint project proposal of six civil society organizations that are all members of the LPRAT.

These are the Entrepinay Legazpi City Chapter as lead organization, Legazpi City Senior Citizens Organization Inc., Legazpi City Slumdwellers Federation Inc., Legazpi City Finest Retirees Association Inc., Legazpi City Women’s Federation Inc., and Bicol Consortium for Community Development Inc.

This project is a partnership among the DSWD, Department of Interior and Local Government and City Government of Legazpi.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal congratulated the trainees who he called the new entrepreneurs of the city.

The Php2-million DSWD funding is another intervention of the agency to improve the well-being of 4Ps beneficiaries by empowering them through skills training assistance towards gainful enterprise.

Besides, this assistance to 4Ps beneficiaries in the city is also viewed from a broader perspective as the Aquino administration’s own strategic investment in the country’s human capital, so that the poorest of Filipinos are empowered to take control of their socio-economic conditions and become active contributors to the country’s growth, DSWD Bicol Regional Director Arnel Garcia said.

The 4Ps is a poverty-reduction and social development strategy of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education, particularly of children aged 0-14.

These financial grants under the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of the program is a work in progress and do not attempt to solve poverty immediately, but instead aim to alleviate it by providing social protection tools through interventions such as empowerment, participation and economic opportunities to the poor.

It is under this broader role that the DSWD, the program’s lead implementing agency, has been doing means to break intergenerational poverty cycle in the long run where long-term poverty alleviation comes into play.

“The 4Ps will eventually end and when such time comes, the DSWD is ensuring that its beneficiaries will have already been nurtured into the culture of self-help leading to a productive life on their own feet,” Garcia said.

So far, he said, DSWD-Bicol is currently in partnership with at least 24 private organizations and 12 licensed and registered Social Welfare and Development Agencies in line with the implementation of the 4Ps across the Bicol region. (PNA) RMA/FGS/IAS/CBD/pjn