A Glimpse of the Sustainable Livelihood Projects of Urdaneta City
It was a September to remember for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries as they underwent various capacity-building trainings to equip them with skills necessary for gainful employment.
Through the partnership of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Region I and the City Government of Urdaneta, funding and techinical assistance were given to some 200 Pantawid beneficiaries as part of government efforts to empower the poor and to enhance their living conditions.
Pre-Licensing Training Course for Security Guards. A capacity-building grant to Pantawid beneficiaries, 23 participants formed the 2nd batch of trainees who were trained for 10 days and who graduated last September 22. The training equipped the participants with the necessary skills and knowledge for security guard employment. They will also be provided a complete set of uniform and security guard paraphernalia for their deployment. The 1st batch of 33 trainees graduated last June 24 and are now gainfully employed.
Basic Training on Wellness/Massage/Reflexology. Twenty-six Pantawid trainees successfully completed the basic course held at the Balikbayan Hall on September 5-16. A mini-wellness spa will be temporarily set up at the City Social Welfare and Development Office for the completers until such time a better venue will be opened for them. Each trainee will take turn in manning the spa to earn a living.
Basic Bead/Fashion Jewelry Making. Some 45 participants from the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI-Urdaneta), Association of Persons with Disability of Urdaneta City (APDUC), Bayaoas Pag-asa Youth Association, and Bahay Pag-asa underwent a 3-day training on September 14-16 conducted by Life Solution in Abundance trainers on how to make bracelets, earrings, and necklaces which can be sold to interested buyers. The training and materials were provided for free to the beneficiaries.
Training on Garment Production. This ongoing program, which started September 28, is a 10-day training session for 70 participants from Pantawid families aimed at providing them the skills to make quality garments for commercial production.
Last June, a total of P1.4 million in cash assistance were given to 140 members of the Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities Training (ERPAT) – fathers from Pantawid families – as capital in their chosen small business endeavors. Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” E. Perez IV led city officials in distributing the cash assistance.