The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) awarded livelihood grants to 12 SLP-organized associations at the Provincial Capitol of Catanduanes last May 6, 2024.

The activity organized by DSWD SLP in coordination with the Provincial Local Government Unit of Catanduanes was attended by the Provincial Administrator Ms. Eulalia T. Talaran, DSWD SWAD Team Leader Ms. Aileen B. Lim, and the representatives of the SLP Associations.

SLP personnel host a short program as part of the Awarding of Livelihood Grant.

SLP awarded a total of Php 2,275,000.00 to the 12 SLP Associations comprised of 153 members in total for their livelihood projects. 5 of the 12 SLP Associations are associations organized for the implementation of Zero Hunger Program, and will pursue food-related livelihood projects such as poultry production and food vending using the livelihood grants they have received.

The representative of Bagong Pag-Asa SLP Association of San Roque, Viga, joined by SLP personnel and the Provincial Administrator Ms. Eulalia Talaran, receive their livelihood grant worth 180,000.00. Bagong Pag-Asa SLP Association is one of 12 associations who received their livelihood grants. Photo courtesy of PLGU Catanduanes’ Office of the Governor Information Unit.

Through the awarding of livelihood grants, SLP Associations move on to implementing the livelihood projects they proposed to the program guided by the knowledge and skills they received as part of the program’s Social Preparation phase. With the 5-Year Livelihood Sustainability Plan where the new Sustainable Livelihood Program is anchored, SLP Associations will stay with the program for the whole 5 years.

SLP’s 5-Year Livelihood Sustainability Plan is the program’s response to the need to improve the implementation process and timeline while strengthening the sequence of capability building activities and interventions to ensure capacitation of program participants occur throughout the stages of program implementation.

This Livelihood Sustainability Plan features improved cost parameters for SLP interventions, and new capability building interventions and livelihood incentives to support livelihood development and association development and management throughout the 5-year long program cycle.