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Roy Serdena (in green polo shirt), SLP coordinator, joins the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Acquacuevah Water Refilling Station

Surigao del Sur – Some 40 partner-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program decided to merge their Php10,000 capital seed fund from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) to put up a project named “Acquacuevah Water Refilling Station” in Brgy.Manyayay, municipality of Lianga, this province.

Inaugurated last October 6, 2015, the SLP program participants desired not only to alleviate their living conditions, but also to provide their community with affordable potable water.

Acquacuevah is derived from the words “aqua” which means water and “cuevas” which means cave. It denotes that the water source of the project is a cave that is 2-kilometer away from Davisol.

Davisol or Divine Arc Victory Instituted in Sion Omnipotent in this Latter Days of Christ is a small community headed by a master (APO) and seven housewives, resulting to a more than 5 dozens children and grandchildren.

To suffice other needs for the project implementation, the group decided to come up with Capital Build-up Plan worth Php1,500. The community also underwent “bayanihan” or voluntary service during construction.

Knowing that the project is of great help, the community of Davisol agreed to extend help in the efficient implementation of the project. Through the community, an area and a delivery vehicle for the Water Refilling Station were provided.

During the inauguration, Renato M. Lastra, President of Lianga SKA Federation, expressed his thanks to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“We are so blessed and fortunate to become the recipients of DSWD programs, like the Pantawid Pamilya, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), SLP, and PAyapa at MAsaganang PaMAyanan(PAMANA),” he added.

Ipadayon namu na maghiusa ug magtinabangay alang sa kalambuan ani na proyekto (We will continue to unite and help each other for the progress of this project),” added Carmelita Alinsug, SLP program participant.

Roy Serdena, SLP regional coordinator, who also graced the inauguration, congratulated the partner-beneficiaries for their achievement.

The SLP is a community-based capacity-building program of DSWD that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of the program participants through micro-enterprise development and employment. It has two (2) tracks namely: Micro-Enterprise Development Track and Employment Facilitation Track. ###(MARY CARMELLE C. JUMAWAN/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)