PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012
DSWD-7 distributes P8.4-M SEAK funds to NegOr 1st district graduating 'Pantawid' beneficiariesNEGROS ORIENTAL, Jan 23 (PIA) -– Some P8.4 million budget allocation from the DSWD’s Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEAK) Program was distributed recently to the1,224 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of the first district in Negros Oriental that are to graduate from the program in 2013.
DSWD-7 regional director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre explained that the SEAK funds are interest-free loans that give each beneficiary a chance to engage in small business venture such as hog and livestock’s raising, additional capital for existing sari-sari stores, a barbecue stand, and the like.
According to DSWD-7 Pantawid Pamilya program coordinator and information officer Aileen Lariba, these 1,224 Pantawid beneficiaries were enrolled in 2008 and are to bow out of the program in 2013.
Lariba said, these families have been consistent in complying with the conditions of the program that included pre-natal and post natal care, immunization, weighing and attendance to family development sessions for them to continually receive the P500/month cash grant for health and P300/month/child allocation for education for a maximum of three children only.
Lariba noted that while they are still enrolled in the program, these beneficiaries were given various training and capability building workshops.
“Seminars include making business proposals, basic bookkeeping, financial management and most of all saving strategies were given to them as a pre-requisite of their loans,” Lariba said.
To mark this challenging phase, DSWD-7 conducted a ceremonial turn-over of checks at the Municipality of La Libertad where the recipient municipalities led by their respective Mayors and Municipal Social Welfare Officers attended the event.
At the program, Macapobre pointed out the importance of transparency as she acknowledged the presence of the mayors from the recipient municipalities.
“Ang presensya sa kadagkoan sa inyong lugar nagpamatuod sa ilang suporta sa mga nagkalain-laing proyekto nga gihatag diha sa inyo aron mutabok mo sa kalisod sa dihang mahuman na mo sa programa sa Pantawid Pamilya,” Macapobre noted. (The presence of your leaders shows their support to the various programs given to all of you so you would be able to cross poverty threshold by the time you graduate from the Pantawid Pamilya program).
“Gamita ang kwarta sa insakto para sa inyong umaabot na pag gradwar sa programa na Pantawid Pamilya, nakatawid na gyud mo sa kaboprehon,” the DSWD-7 director added. (Use the money properly so by the time you graduate from the Pantawid Pamilya program you have crossed over poverty).
Speaking in behalf of the district’s legislative representative, Board Member Lilan Estacion emphasized the huge responsibility the beneficiaries voluntarily undertook from the time they submitted their proposal until they would finish paying up their loans while making their business work.
“Suhira ang inyong mga lideres sama ni Congresswoman Josie nga usa ka negosyante apan wala niya hikalimti ang iyang obligasyon sa iyang mga konstituente,” said Estacion. (Follow your leaders like Congresswoman Josie who is a businesswoman yet she never forgets her obligation to her constituents).
The SEAK allocation was distributed to the following towns: Municipality of Ayungo received approximately P1.6M for 240 beneficiaries; Bindoy with P1.5M for its 230 beneficiaries.
Some P588T was also given for Jimalalud for its 85 beneficiaries; P1.7M for La Libertad that had the biggest number of recipients at 269.
Tayasan also received P954T for its140 beneficiaries and Vallehermoso that received the biggest number of loan at P2M for its 260 beneficiaries.
By 2013 these families may not be millionaires but they are definitely the start of a better generation, Macapobre concluded. (PIA-7/Minerva BC Newman)