Friday, July 19, 2013

DSWD, SM Foundation tie up project ensures added income for CCT beneficiaries

From the Website of DSWD

DSWD, SM Foundation tie up project ensures added income for CCT beneficiaries

Posted on 18 July 2013.
Secretary Soliman and Ms. Angeles sign the MOU.Secretary Soliman and Ms. Angeles sign the MOU.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the SM Foundation forged a partnership that will provide livelihood opportunities through entrepreneurial and training sessions on farming high-value vegetables to selected Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

The partnership was formalized on July 15 through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and SM Foundation Assistant Vice-President Cristie Angeles.

Under the partnership, some 381 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the selected provinces of Negros Occidental, Batangas, Cebu, Bulacan, Isabela, Cavite, Benguet, Tarlac, Rizal and Compostela Valley  will directly benefit from the project dubbed as  Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan  (KSK) Farmer’s Training.

A modular training program will be given to the beneficiaries  for values formation, skills training, and entrepreneurial workshops. The DSWD’s workbook, Gabay sa Pagnenegosyo will be incorporated into the training program. The training session in each target area culminates with a harvest festival.

Furthermore, the farmers will also be linked to supermarkets as suppliers after a harvest season.

Secretary Soliman emphasized that the partnership will provide farmers with the opportunity to eat nutritious food and earn income at the same time. She believes that this is the “most powerful” aspect of the project.

“To achieve sustainability, we need the help of the private sector,” Secretary Soliman said. She recognizes the efficiency and skills that the SM Foundation can contribute.
For her part, Angeles shared that the partnership is a “God-given gift” because this will encourage food sufficiency and economic activity for the farmers.

Angeles added that although the SM Foundation has implemented the program prior to the partnership with the DSWD, the farming program did not have entrepreneurial and values formation components, which the DSWD will be providing through the Sustainable Livelihood Program. “DSWD was able to fill the gap,” Angeles added.

Angeles also pointed out that the participants will be empowered because they will become trainers themselves to other farmers.

Since 2007, the KSK Program has graduated more than 5,200 small farmers, agribusiness entrepreneurs, and agriculturists from different provinces. The program has covered 47 sites all over the country where SM stores are located. ###
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