by Rene V. Carbayas
ISABELA CITY, Basilan May 15 (PIA) – Some 150 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Isabela City, received their Certificates of Completion during the graduation ceremony held on May 11 at Isabela Pilot School Multi-Purpose Hall.
The beneficiaries underwent skills training through the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, a community-based capacity building program which aims to facilitate employment opportunities among its beneficiaries and help them develop micro-enterprises.
The Hardam Furigay Colleges Foundation provided the training, which offers Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - accredited courses to include carpentry, bread and pastry production.
Daily cash allowances of P100 for fares and P100 for food for a total of P200 per day were also provided to the beneficiaries. Under the carpentry group, beneficiaries will receive a total of P4,200.00 for 21 days training and P3,600.00 for those who are in bread and pastry production for the 18 days training.
Melanie Ladjamalik, DSWD External Relations Officer for SLP said that this training completion day is a day of success. Success to both the beneficiaries and the DSWD as they envision for the 4Ps beneficiaries to someday be able to stand on their own, providing the needs of their families using their own skills and abilities. She also said that the DSWD hopes that this training will give confidence to the beneficiaries to apply for jobs.
Meanwhile, Mayor Al-qaid Akbar, in his message delivered by City Administrator Dayang Mirhama Jaljalis, emphasized that life’s journey is not easy, but as long as they will apply what has imbued to them during the training, they will not get lost. They will be what the government hopes for them.
Starter kits for carpentry and for bread and pastry production were also distributed to the beneficiaries. The goal of which is to help the beneficiaries apply their acquired skills and to have other sources of living.
Moreover, social welfare officer Aisyl Sagoso congratulated the beneficiaries and advised them to develop their skills and use their tools to ensure that soon they can find jobs and eventually overcome the hardships.
Under DSWD, Hardam Furigay Colleges Foundation and TESDA convergence strategies, beneficiaries are prioritized for gainful employment and livelihood opportunities depending on the result of assessment to be administered by TESDA. (ALT/RVC/PIA9-Basilan with reports from Nilda Delos Reyes)