Kalinga graduates 1,547 in sewing craft
by L. Lopez
Tabuk, Kalinga (14 February) -- There are 1,547 graduates in basic sewing craft under the Productivity Skills Capability Building of the Provincial Social Welfare & Development Office (PSWDO) since the project started in 1997.
Program Coordinator Annie Chalippo said trainees come from Tabuk with 715; Pinukpuk, 183; Rizal, 146; Balbalan, 127; Tanudan, 124; Pasil, 81; Tinglayan, 42 and Lubuagan, 31.
Because the program is offered also to nearby provinces, there were trainees that came from Apayao with 70, Ifugao, 3; Cagayan, 8; Isabela, 11; Mt. Province, 5 and Bulacan, 1.
This month, 13 of the 20 who enrolled last December for the six-week training will finish their sewing course, Chalippo said.
To start a small business, the PSWDO works out for a sponsor-agency for livelihood assistance to the graduates in the form of seed capital.
For the 50 graduates last year, the provincial office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) committed to provide the assistance from its livelihood program.
In the previous years, the PSWDO and provincial government contributed financial aid to graduates for the purpose.
Chalippo said many small families now enjoy the benefits of the program with the additional income especially at this time of crisis.
Most of the enrollees are mothers who are given opportunities to earn income, without leaving their home, which makes the program advantageous to Filipino families.
The PSWDO started to organize the graduates of the program for them to avail of larger projects provided by government agencies to organized groups.
Government includes alternative job generation among its top agenda to address the global economic crunch that is hitting many families. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]