CABADBARAN CITY – Presenting to local government units of Agusan del Norte the thrust and priorities of the Sustainable Livelihood Program for 2019, the Department of Social Welfare and Development held here an orientation and training of local project development officers, September 17-18, 2019.

The said activity, in partnership with the provincial LGU of ADN, primarily aimed to elucidate the aims and objectives of the SLP to the newly-elected local chief executives of the province.

“Here’s to a continued and improved partnership,” Promotive Services Division Chief Jean Paul Parajes tells the local chief executives of Agusan del Norte.

Field Office Caraga’s Promotive Services Division Chief Jean Paul Parajes said that the conduct of the orientation is due to DSWD’s intention to fortify the partnership it has established with the LGUs.

“As much as our vision and objective under SLP have been clearly stated and directed, it will be impossible to implement this on our own. This is why we consider the local government units our trusted partners in carrying out the objectives of the program,” Parajes said.

Parajes explained that SLP, seen as a method of capability building for the poor and marginalized households and communities, aims to help improve their socio-economic conditions through access and acquisition of necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods.

“The program underscores its endeavor to increase the level of participation among our beneficiaries whom we call our program participants. Therefore, harnessing a deeper sense of ownership of their development,” Parajes added.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member Rudy Pitogo also responded that the province will always be supportive of the implementation of SLP.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member Rudy Pintogo assures DSWD that the province will continue on supporting its programs and services to uplift living conditions of poor Agusanons.

“It is all our aim to provide the people with livelihood opportunities and through DSWD’s SLP, we will open a door for a better, improved and sustained human development,” Pitogo said.

He also added that the province will continue to show its support by providing logistics to DSWD program implementations and employ local PDOs as counterpart of the Department’s implementing PDOs.

Accomplishments and updates of SLP implementation in the province were also presented.

Local PDOs from different municipalities were trained on the five implementation stages of the program, community procurement, civil society organizations’ accreditation and community organizing. – DSWD CARAGA/MIKE ARIEL PLAZA