Friday, February 8, 2013

Sustainable source of income for poor families

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ties up with Rags2Riches, (R2R) Inc., to train selected beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Caloocan, Tondo and Quezon City on rug weaving as part of its effort to provide sustainable source of income for poor families and uplift their conditions in the society.

The DSWD and Rags2Riches has signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dubbed as "Paghahabi Para sa Pantawid Pamilya Project" which coincides with DSWD's celebration of its 62nd Anniversary.

The agreement was set to run for one year focusing on enhancing the skills of some 25 4Ps beneficiaries in weaving and sewing.

It aims to eventually lead them to be suppliers of Rags2Riches merchandise to make them self-sufficient, productive, and with sustainable growth in income.

"The DSWD is committed to help 4Ps beneficiaries become self-reliant by enhancing their skills in livelihood enterprises," DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

Under the project, participants will undergo four-day training on weaving. Then, they will start receiving job orders from R2R and eventually, they will be tapped as regular suppliers of the company.

On the other hand, Secretary Soliman said that beneficiaries who have skills in sewing may be employed by R2R while the products that they created can be purchased by the sewing company and become part of their merchandise.

Secretary Soliman emphasized that the project is part of the DSWD's Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) which ensures the sustainability of the beneficiaries' income even after they graduate from the 4P's"

The SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the program participants' socio-economic status. It equips program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets. It relies on multi-stakeholder partnerships and participatory community planning, implementation and monitoring.

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