SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Sept 8 (PIA) — Ninety Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Bagulin town, this province, received P714,000 worth of Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1).
Allan Lulu, DSWD-FO1 information officer, said the amount will be their capital for soft-broom making, root crop buy-and-sell and ‘sari-sari’ stores in their area.
Before they were given livelihood capital assistance, they were first oriented on SEA-K and underwent assessment profiling process, conducted by the Municipal Links if they are ready to avail the program.
DSWD-FO1 also conducted environmental scanning and social preparation to identified priority beneficiaries with feasible business proposals.
Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, regional director, reminded beneficiaries the importance of unity and the right mindset to attain success.
He also reminded them their responsibility to return what was handed to them so others could also avail of the assistance.
Dagup SEA Kaunlaran Association President Ben Galate, one of the beneficiaries, said the capital assistance is a big help for their families’ additional income and eventually aid them in sending their children to school.
According to DSWD-FO1, there are already more than 1,200 beneficiaries with P12-million worth of capital assistance given since the start of the program.
SEA-K is DSWD’s livelihood program providing capital assistance of P5,000 per individual or not more than P150,000 per qualified associations. SKGs are composed of 5-10 members per group while SEA-K association have 25 to 30 members, Lulu said.
This program aims to build capacities of poor households in starting small enterprises to become economically active and self-sufficient, he added. (ANL/MBR-PIA 1 La Union with reports from DSWD-FO1/Allan Lulu)