TUBA, BENGUET: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed P889,400 worth of livelihood assistance to families here pursuant to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Aquino administration.
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, assisted by Mayor Florencio Bentrez and DSWD-Cordillera Regional Director Janet Armas, led the awarding of checks to 93 household beneficiaries.
The livelihood assistance was also given pursuant to the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), which aims to fund the livelihood or entrepreneurial undertakings of the beneficiaries. These include rice and vegetable production, hog raising, backyard poultry, sari-sari store, buy and sell, food vending, knitting, dress shop and ornamental plants gardening, among others.
Soliman urged beneficiaries to spend the money given to them wisely and properly manage their respective livelihood projects so they could improve their living standards.
Soliman said livelihood assistance is part of the grassroots participatory budgeting of the national government, wherein the beneficiaries themselves identify the livelihood or business that they want to put up.
“With grassroots participatory budgeting, you are included in the decision-making. You are the one who will tell what livelihood projects you want, as the government headed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd believes that with the Filipino people as the real bosses, aside from hearing your voices, your needs will also be acted upon”, she said.
Soliman, moreover, cited that there are 960 household beneficiaries of the 4Ps in Tuba. She said that these families are living testimonies that the program is succeeding in bringing sustainable progress.
“They are the witness, the living testimony that every Filipino and the whole country can change or move towards progress, as gradually their life is now changing, their children are now in school, their children are now healthy and with this livelihood assistance, beneficiaries can also further improve their economic status through the money that they will earn from it,” she said.
Soliman also said that 15 to 18-year old children of 4Ps household beneficiaries are now included in the program to ensure that they will at least graduate high school and will have an opportunity for gainful employment.