Ms. Elenita G. Reyes, Chairwoman of Brgy. 105 Tondo, Manila welcomes the team from DSWD-NCR SLP during the release of Seed Capital Fund to the fire victims from her barangay. Photo by Simon Dela Cruz

Tondo, Manila – A total of 169 families received a Seed Capital Fund amounting to P3,335,750 from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Each family received a maximum amount of P20,000 which will be used to recover their respective microenterprises that were affected by the fire incident last 2020.

The team from SLP facilitated the release of Livelihood Assistance per batches on April 15-16, 2021 at the covered court of Brgy. 105, Tondo, Manila. This is to ensure that proper distancing will be strictly observed as well the existing safety and health protocols to avoid the spread of COVID19 virus during the activity. Prior to release of Seed Capital Fund, the beneficiaries underwent a series of orientations, assessments, and capacity-building activities conducted by the SLP Project Development Officer.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DSWD na tumulong sa aking mga kabarangay na nasunugan upang muling makabangon sa naging epekto sa kanilang mga kabuhayan.” said Barangay 105 Chairwoman Elenita G. Reyes during the livelihood assistance release.

“Para naman sa aking mga kabarangay, sana ay pagsikapan nating lalo na hindi masayang ang oportunidad na ito na binigay ni Lord sa inyo sa pamamagitan ng DSWD SLP.” she added.

According to Memorandum Circular No. 11 series of 2018, the impact of disasters in the Philippines, be it human-induced or natural disasters, is of paramount concerns on the National Government Agencies (NGAs) such as DSWD particularly in addressing the concerns of the IDPs or Persons Displaced by Disasters from response to recovery.

Aside from the need to provide food, temporary or permanent shelter, health and among others, the need to revive economic activities of the IDPs or Persons Displaced by Disasters is also a priority in the rehabilitation to recovery phases. As a means to start-up their economic activities, the SLP, in collaboration with other NGAs and other public and private sectors, is tasked by the DSWD to provide necessary means such as provision of Seed Capital Fund. ###

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