On December 9, 2021, the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development handed over an agrivet and farm supply project to the members of the United Ladgaron Farmers Association in Barangay Ladgaron, Claver, Surigao del Norte.

Twelve associations from conflict-vulnerable areas in the province of Surigao del Norte received livelihood projects from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), recently.

The said intervention of the DSWD-SLP is part of the Philippine government’s implementation of Executive Order No. 70, series of 2018 that aims to adapt a whole-of-nation approach in achieving inclusive peace, ending armed conflict, and providing opportunities to individuals and families in conflict-afflicted areas to help them attain a peaceful and sustainable life.

These associations came from various municipalities in the province namely Mainit, Bacuag, Gigaquit, and Claver. Each association received livelihood projects amounting to Php 300,000 per project. Most of these associations opted to propose projects that were related to agriculture considering the availability of resources in their respective areas or barangays.

SLP Provincial Coordinator of Surigao del Norte Jhunrey Betonio (1st person from L) and a partner from the Local Government Unit of Mainit leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the project turnover of the rice trading and agrivet supply to the Siana Silver Ladies Association in Barangay Siana, Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

Below are the associations that received projects from the DSWD-SLP with their corresponding projects:

  • Cantugas Empowered women Association (Mainit) – Rice Trading and Agrivet Supply
  • Siana Silver Ladies Association (Mainit) – Rice Trading and Agrivet Supply
  • Rosario Women’s Association (Bacuag) – Copra Buy and Sell
  • Cambuayon Bacuag SLP Association (Bacuag) – Establishment of Agrivet Supply
  • Dugsangon Women’s Association (Bacuag) – Establishment of Meat Shop
  • Sico-Sico Gwafa Women’s Association (Gigaquit) – Establishment of Agrivet and Farm Supply
  • San Antonio Farmers Association (Gigaquit) – Establishment of Agrivet and Farm Supply
  • Camboayon Marginal Farmers Association (Gigaquit) – One Unit Multicab with Accessories
  • Self-Help Rice and Coconut Farmers Association (Gigaquit) – Establishment of Agrivet and Farm Supply
  • Pangi Empowered People Association (Claver) – Copra Buy and Sell
  • United Ladgaron Farmers Association (Claver) – Farm and Agrivet Supply
  • Magallanes Integrated Farmers Association (Claver) – Goat Production

In one of the project turnovers, a beneficiary expressed their gratitude to the program for giving them hope and a chance to improve their lives through the projects granted to them.

Dako gyud kaayo among kalipay sa oportunidad nga gihatag sa DSWD-SLP sa amo. Dako kaayo og ikatabang ning proyekto sa amo labi na nga ania mi diri sa layo nga dapit sa among munisipyo. Ang kini nga tabang, dili lang kami makabenepisyo apil na sab among mga pamilya (We’re very happy with the opportunity given to us by DSWD-SLP. This project will help us a lot especially that our location is far from the municipal proper. This assistance will not only benefit us, but as well as our families),” she said.

The Camboayon Marginal Farmers Association in Barangay Camboayon, Gigaquit received a one-unit multicab with accessories as a livelihood project on December 6, 2021.

By 2022, DSWD-SLP aims to disburse an amount of Php 11,100,000 to serve about 37 SLP associations in conflict-vulnerable areas or a total of 1,110 individuals in the region.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a capacity-building program of the DSWD which aims to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of individuals and families in poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged areas by providing various livelihood economic opportunities. ### (Social Marketing Section/DSWD Field Office Caraga)

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