DSWD funds livelihood projects of poor housewives

DAGUPAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PNA) — For the second time in a row, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) turned over PhP1.805 million to the Dagupan City government under its Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program to be given to housewives belonging to marginal families to be used by them as seed capital for their income generating projects.

City Social Welfare and Development officer-in-charge Leah Aquino, who received the check in behalf of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez on Nov. 10, said that at least 361 housewives will benefit from the fund, each one of whom will receive PhP5,000 as seed capital for their respective projects.

DSWD also turned over amounts in March last year to fund the livelihood projects of some 200 women which they used to put up small-scale livelihood projects like food processing, sewing, cosmetology, among others, to earn a living and boost their families’ income.

Aquino said the fund will allow women belonging to poor families in the city to become entrepreneurs so they can help provide some of the financial needs of their families and become productive.

The program intends to enhance the socio-economic skills of poor families through the organization of community-based associations for entrepreneurial development and enhance women empowerment.

The members of these associations are given group session modules on self-enhancement, volunteerism and leadership to build their capabilities and confidence for them to become self-reliant. (PNA)