SEA-K helps uplift economic condition of Ifugao women
by Vency D. Bulayungan
KIANGAN, Ifugao (4 April) -- A group of young mothers here claims that the livelihood program of the government has helped make a difference in the lives of the people here.
Dulnuan, Chairperson of the Mungayang History Makers Association said that their association which is organized under the Self Employment Assistance (SEA) Kaunlaran program of the government enabled them to come up with livelihood projects that are income generating.
“The trainings conducted by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) were very helpful to us on how to sustain our organization,” Dulnuan said.
It also taught them about discipline, unity, hardworking and courage, the four values of SEAK which are very useful in sustaining their association.
Organized in August 2006, the association followed strictly these policies and was able to put up its own funds in the amount of P8,910.00 as of presstime. “We contribute P10.00 each weekly thus we were able to save that amount for our projects,” Dulnuan said.
Gertrudes Nahhoy, treasurer of the association, said the SEAK taught them how to be thrifty thus they were able to save money for their weekly contributions which funded their projects like corsage making, whose products were sold s during the graduation rites, as well as selling roasted peanuts.
She said also was impressed on the impact of the SEAK program in their area because they learned to get rid of vices such as gambling and drinking. “We are now busy selling our products and we enjoy our weekly meetings which is held every Sunday after our prayer service,” she said.
Mylene Medalya, a member of the said association, said that they are grateful to the said program of the government because it brought employment to the unemployed in their community.
Meanwhile, Judith Alindayo of the PSWDO said that an amount of P4,000.00 will be given to each member to help fund their projects.
SEA Kaunlaran Program is a community-based credit assistance program utilizing people’s organizations to be uniformly called SEA Kaunlaran Associations (SKAs) as credit conduits. Being a viable and tested model of the solidarity groups, the program is highlighted by the same identifying features such as peer pressure and savings mobilizations.
It aims to improve the capability of the economically active poor to transform their labor resources into income through the creation of micro--enterprises thereby resulting in their socio-economic upliftment above the marginal status. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]