Brgy. 76-A: Advocate of progress through handicraft and 4Ps
by Sheryll Jane Sanico
Davao City (5 February) -- Marilou Morgadez, 46, is a 4Ps LGU Link of Barangay 76-A. Marilou has been working in the barangay since 2003. "Sa tanang programa nga niagi, ang 4Ps lang gyud ang ako nakit-an nga dako og natabang ilabi na sa mga kabus diri sa barangay 76-A (Of all the programs that reached our barangay, only 4Ps has greatly helped the poor families of our barangay)," Marilou observed.
Marilou admitted that the people from their barangays are too lenient when it comes to disciplining their children. The parents are too inadvertent in taking care of their children's health and education needs. Some even spend their days gambling, others drink to their hearts' content.
Around 10 percent of the barangay's population lives along coastal areas. Because of the lack of awareness and care for the environment, these households throw their wastes directly to the sea. This practice is not only harmful to the environment but can also affect the health of the people living in the area.
4Ps came to Barangay 76-A in 2008. Since then things have gradually turned over a new leaf. Barangay Captain Robert Olan Olan put up the Livelihood Program for Women's Group. This livelihood program helps augment the income of the indigents in their barangay. The 4Ps beneficiaries have become members in November 2009. "Adunay tulo ka semana nga training sa pagbuhat og mga handicraft usa gyud magsugod sa actual nga pagbuhat sa mga produkto (There will be a three-week training on handicraft making before they start making the actual products)," explained Marilou.
The livelihood program promotes accessories and jewelry making, cosmetology, sewing and food processing. The raw materials are donated by the barangay. "Wala mi nangolekta sa mga miyembro, ang ilaha lang ang hago ug skill sa pagbuhat (We did not collect money from the members for this project, their only counterpart is the labor and skill to make the products)," Marilou added. The products are then sold and peddled by the members themselves.
Eva Parba of Purok 23 has six children to feed. Her husband is a balot vendor. Eva is a plain housewife. The income that her husband earns is barely enough to cover for their children's immediate needs. Eva was chosen as a parent leader in their purok. This designation did not only empower her as a beneficiary but also allowed her to share with other 4Ps parents. She is also an active member of the Livelihood Program for Women's Group. She peddles the handicrafts and receives an additional income to supplement his husband's earnings.
"Mapasalamaton gyud ko sa 4Ps. Nahimo kung parent leader tungod ani nga programa ug nakatabang pud ko sa akong bana sa among mga galastuon (I am very thankful to 4Ps. I was selected as a parent leader because of this program. Also, I was able to help my husband on the family expenses)," Eva said with excitement.
Presently, there are 116 4Ps beneficiaries in Brgy. 76-A. They conduct Family Development Sessions (FDS) twice a month as stipulated in the conditionalities of the program. The bi-monthly FDS discusses the importance of health, nutrition and education to the parents and their children. They also discuss topics on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) and important tips on parenting.
The creation of the community livelihood programs has not only added an extra income to the beneficiaries but, coupled with the Family Development Sessions, will also augment the awareness and understanding of the beneficiaries on the value of health, nutrition and education.
"Kini pa lamang ang sinugdanan sa uban pang mas maanindot nga butang nga moabot sa mga benepisyaryo tungod sa 4Ps (This is only the beginning of more beautiful things to come to the beneficiaries all because of 4Ps)," Marilou reaffirmed. (DSWD) [top]