(Left to Right): Caroline C. Manguiat-Ubalde, LIKAS Inc. Executive Director, Regional Director, Arnel B. Garcia, CESO II and Asst. Regional Director for Operations Arwin O. Razo.

Legazpi City-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Lingap para sa Kalusugan ng Sambayanan (LIKAS), Inc., signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Monday, 10 February 2020 at DSWD Field Office V, PBN Buraguis, Legazpi City.

DSWD Regional Director, Arnel B. Garcia, CESO II, Asst. Regional Director for Operations, Arwin O. Razo, and LIKAS Executive Director Caroline C. Manguiat-Ubalde signed the MOA detailing the partnership coverage. Division Chief Marissa M. Paeste and Regional Program Coordinator Earl Maximillan A. Cecilio witnessed the MOA signing.

DSWD-SLP and LIKAS Inc., will work together to capacitate and empower SLP Participants for a long-term livelihood opportunity using a sustainable livelihood framework.

RD Garcia expressed his gratitude to LIKAS Inc. for the partnership that will surely bring more opportunities and changes in the lives of the program participants.

Caroline C. Manguiat-Ubalde, LIKAS Inc. Executive Director likewise thanked DSWD-SLP for trusting them to provide the technical assistance needed in the implementation of sustainable projects to its participants.

Further, both parties will ensure that programs and services are easily accessible to participants in order to augment the income of SLP Associations’ Enterprises and to promote their products’ marketability and market value through DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which will engage and coordinate with concerned stakeholders at the field level in the implementation of this partnership, provide continuous technical assistance and capacity building to the participants.

True to its mandate, SLP is a community-based capacity building program that aims to improve the socio-economic condition of the participants. It facilitates interventions that expand the livelihood assets (human, social, physical, natural, and financial capital) so they may either have gainful employment or successfully managed microenterprise. #PRNPOJ02102020