The Glassy Waves of San Juan SLPA, Convergence at Its Best


Bob Hunt, Australian business partner of Glassy Waves of San Juan SLPA in white shirt (middle) with the SLPA President and DSWD staff  and the SLPA merchandise on display.

Because of its booming tourism industry, t-shirt printing and souvenir making in San Juan town in La Union has seen high potential. Thus, the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 conducted a Skills Training on T-shirt Printing from 30 January to 15 February 2017 catering 18 Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries in town. As a way to start their business, DSWD FO1 awarded the beneficiaries with starter kits inclusive of heat press, printers, t-shirts, caps, fans, mugs among others plus allowances. The Local Government Unit of San Juan, on the other hand, provided a cargo truck that served as the beneficiaries’ workplace/showroom apart from the Php75,000.00 cash loan that served as an additional capital.

The program participants who later organized themselves into The Glassy Waves San Juan Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) began their 24/7 business in March and have gained good market. Their highest daily sale went up as high as Php16,000.00 to Php20,000.00 last 15 April 2017 during the celebration of Black Saturday where tourist visit in San Juan was at its peak.

Convergence at its best, The Glassy Waves SLPA partnered with Bamboo Growers Association to provide them bamboo craft souvenirs, and Dait ni Ayat (Weave of Love) Association to provide them with bags to be printed. The two associations were also products of DSWD-SLP skills training modality.

Not long after, all hopes and support seemed to turn into ashes when the cargo truck was totally burned up due to faulty electrical wiring on a rainy night of 20 May 2017. Only Php40,000.00 cash was saved leaving Php239,000 worth of printing materials and products totally damaged.

Early morning after the tragedy, San Juan Mayor Arturo Valdriz and all the department heads in town were able to raise P130,000.00 from their department’s budget to help the three associations gain their lost hope and restart their normal business operation two days after. From the said amount, Php75,000.00 went to purchasing new set of printing machines. Also, LGU San Juan provided another workplace for the Glassy Wave SLPA while DSWD provided additional Seed Capital Fund amounting to Php160,00.00 on 10 July 2017.

Hindi na kami yung 4Ps na hindi nagbabago ang buhay. Nakaka-proud kasi may sarili na kaming opisina. Feeling namin e businessmen na talaga kami (We are no longer the so-called Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who have stagnant life conditions. We are proud of having our own office. We feel like real businessmen)”, said Gladys Cabading, SLPA President, as she reminisced how t-shirt printing has changed her life and the lives of her co-beneficiaries.

At present, The Glassy Waves of San Juan SLPA as a duly accredited Civil Society Organization (CSO) beneficiary of DSWD, is the leading souvenir and t-shirt print provider in town, who also caters the souvenir and printing needs of neighboring towns particularly those with souvenir shops in La Union.

Beneficiary CSOs are those that are composed of individuals bound by common interest and or are confronted by a calamity, social condition, problem, issue or crisis and who organized themselves mainly to benefit from government projects or programs that they themselves will undertake. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Community store opens new income to SLP participants

DSWD FO1 staff with the San Fermin Pangkabuhayan SLPA during the opening and blessing of the community store.

Forty-four (44) Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Brgy. Fermin in Caba, La Union, who organized themselves into San Fermin Pangkabuhayan SLPA, recently opened a community store in their barangay through Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) fund of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office I. San Fermin is a far-flung barangay in Caba town, thus the community store is a great help to barangay folks needing immediate grocery supplies.

The community store worth Php84,000.00 is funded through Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA. The CBLA modality is implemented through labor-intensive projects that build, re-build and/or protect natural and physical assets necessary for more profitable, self-sustaining and resilient micro-enterprises.

The Association started with a Php332,970.00 capital used in purchasing grocery items, rice, and fertilizers ready for sale, and a refrigerator. According to the Association’s agreement, two of their members will serve as store vendors earning Php1,500.00 monthly salary each. To keep their capital revolving, a no credit policy was also agreed upon. In the meantime, store’s net profit will be deposited in the Association’s bank account.

Saankami nga agprobleman to ti balonen dagiti annakmi nga agbasan (Our children’s school allowance will no longer be a problem),” said SLPA President Jocelyn Valdez, 43, as she optimistically sees their community store gaining profit. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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SLP participants in San Juan, LU receive food carts

Siomai bright future. San Juan Mayor Arturo Valdriz together with DSWD staff and food cart recipients.

Fifty (50) PantawidPamilya program beneficiaries from the 41 barangays of San Juan town in La Union received food carts from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 during their graduation on Skills Training on Business Management leading to Food Cart Business on 11 August 2017. This is in partnership with Leyum Enterprise which served as training providers.

Each participant was given a budget allocation of Php20,000.00 from Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) fund which covered the provision of food carts, starter kits, Php1,000.00 worth of siomai and siopao products, and Php2,000 for the processing of required business permits. The Local Government Unit of San Juan, through Mayor Arturo Valdriz, provided the training venue, meal and transportation allowances of the beneficiaries, and gave additional Php50,000.00 capital to the new businessmen.

Real, 42, said that the grant given to her family would be of great help in sending her three children to school. “Ti maganansyak to ket pangalaan iti allowance da nga agbasa ken igatang iti school projects da (The income I’ll be getting will be utilized for my children’s school allowance and projects),” she said. Evelyn is a part-time laundry woman while her husband is a part-time carpenter. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Tagudin Dressmakers are DSWD-SLP Products

RPC Agnes Tambalo, CDEDO Maynard Cezar, PC Efren Rafanan (in yellow polos) together with the municipal officials of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur and the 100 program beneficiaries as they proudly wear the black and white t-shirts they personally sew.

Manipod nangrugi daytoy a training agingga itatta, nakitak iti panagbaliw iti kasasaad ko. Day care nak man idi ta awan ti ammok maipanggep iti panagdait, itatta ket kasla grade 6 nakon. (From the start of this training up until now, I have seen change in my status. Before, I consider myself a day care child because I knew nothing about dressmaking, but now it seems like I’m already at Grade 6),” said Flordelina Jimeno, 42, during the Skills Training on Dressmaking graduation at Brgy. Dardarat of Sinait town, Ilocos Sur on 01 August 2017. Flordelina was among the 100 beneficiaries from the four batches who underwent skills training under DSWD through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), in partnership with Amethyst Career Advancement Institute, Inc. The Local Government of Tagudin provided the training venue for the participants.

Gapo pay daytoy a training, no kasano kaado dagiti gagayyem ko idi, ad-ado man tattan. Dayta iti maysa nakitak a pagsayaatan na daytoy a training ta na-socialize nak. (Because of this training, I became sociable and gained more friends),” Flordelina added as she thanks her co-beneficiaries for always extending their hands to any help she needed.

The beneficiaries who organized themselves into Raniag Tagudin Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) were able to learn the basics of t-shirt making during the 20-session skills training. In fact, the shirts they wear during the graduation are evident product of their successful training. They also make pot holders, placemats, and rugs which they sell at a very reasonable price. The association received 16 edging machines,16 high-speed sewing machines, 4 piping machines, plus complete set of sewing materials and garments from SLP fund of DSWD, that served as their starter kit for their new source of livelihood income. “Adda aminen a suporta a makitak. Adda laengen kadakayo iti panagballaygi na daytoy. Alwadanyo dagiti makina a naited kadakayo. Agiinnawat kayo no adda problema along the way. Pangaasiyo ta daytoy a biyaya ket pangalagaanyo, ayatenyo, ken iranod tayo dagiti padatayo a tattao. (All the support needed are here. The success of this livelihood program lies within you. Understand each other when problems arise along the way. Please take good care and love this blessing, and may this benefit other people),” said Mayor Roque Verzosa Jr. As a way to support the dressmakers, he added, “Aminen a t-shirt ket ditoyen iti pakaaramidanna. Dagidiay t-shirt ti eskuelaan iti interamente nga ili ti Tagudin ket makisaritan to ni Vice Mayor kadagitoy nga eskuelaan nga agpaaramid. (From now on, all t-shirts will be made here; Tagudin Vice Mayor Bernardo Tovera, Jr. will talk to all school administrators in the town requesting them to have their shirts made by Raniag Tagudin SLPA).”

Driven by optimism and trust for the dressmakers, Mayor Roque even foresee that with their determination, and the support of DSWD and other government and non-government agencies, the first t-shirt factory in town will soon rise. Agnes Tambalo, Regional Program Coordinator, on the other hand, challenged the dressmakers, “Napintas daytoy a programa ta ado iti tumulong kanyayo (beneficiaries), ngem no saantayo a tulungan dagiti bagbagitayo baka awan iti pagmaayan na daydiay a tulong. (This is a good program because many are helping you, but if we do not help ourselves, all these support will be in vain.”

Fernando Lobendino, 45, was among the 3 males in the association who completed and graduated in the said training. He said that gender should never be an issue in any workplace. “Awan pilpliyenna, lalaki man nga agdadait wenno babbai. Basta adda pagtrabahuan a nasiaat. (There is no discrimination, regardless whether a dressmaker is a man or a woman. What matters is we have a decent job),” he said.

One of the Sustainable Livelihood Program’s guiding principles is anchored on gender-sensitivity and gender-responsiveness. The unequal power relations among classes, genders, and across ages prevents equitable development and women’s full participation in social endeavors. The goal is to make equitable, sustainable and participatory development of women and men as decision-makers and planners, which emphasizes the balance and fairness of opportunities for both males and females. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Overcoming Differences, Enhancing Potentials

Yes, we can! Persons with disabilities in Region 1 showcasing their talents in waste re-use contest, photography, and cultural dance.


I do not have a disability; I have a gift! Others may see it as a disability, but I see it as a challenge. This challenge is a gift because I have to become stronger to get around it, and smarter to figure out how to use it; others should be so lucky.” ― Shane E. Bryan

Gone are the days when persons with disabilities (PWDs) are imprisoned in their own shells because of their unseen potentials, unheard voices, and unfelt ­contributions to the society. With the theme, “Karapatan at Pribilehiyo ng May Kapansanan Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban”, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1, and the Department of Health Region 1 joined the whole nation in the celebration of the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week on 21 July 2017 at the City of San Fernando, La Union. The said event was participated in by more than 200 empowered PWDs all over the region.

As this year’s theme implies, the celebration aimed to promote and advocate for the realization of the PWDs’ inherent rights and privileges in order to empower them and improve their plight. “There are two purposes that we are doing right now in our celebration. One is to stimulate public awareness on the issues and problems of disability. This is our role as citizens of this Republic. Another is we encourage every citizen in the country to take active responsibility in the upliftment of the economic-social condition of all persons with disability in our society,” said Mr. Benjamin Baldo, SWO V-OPD Chief of DSWD FO1 during his opening message. Various activities were conducted such as lecture/discussion on the detection and prevention of prostate, breast and cervical cancer, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) orientation on the health programs and services the agency is offering to PWDs.

As a way to hone their talents, contests on cultural dances, waste reuse, and photography also took place. Impossible as it may seem, the deaf were able to dance gracefully in the rhythm of the music played. Also, the beautiful and useful crafts that were made and exhibited out of waste materials, and artistically taken photographs manifested that physical disability is never a hindrance to bringing out the artists in them. “We don’t regard ourselves as persons with disabilities, we are differently abled individuals who can do things in our own convenient ways,” said Flora Rafanan, Ilocos Sur Association of Persons with Disabilities (ISAPWD) President, while doing photography job as a way to document the event.

Frank Arviesta from Pangasinan, 27, expressed his joy as a first timer in the regional NDRP Week celebration as this was a great avenue for him to meet and exchange positive ideas with his fellow PWDs. At age 16, Frank loss his eyesight when a husk of palay accidentally speck his eyes. “Ti programa ti DSWD ket dakkel iti pasalamat ko ta first time ko ti dumalo iti kastoy. No man pay adda kapansananmi, saankami a naidumduma kadagiti tao nga awan ti kapansananna. Addakayo (DSWD) latta met a mangsupsuporta kadakami iso nga dakkel iti pasalamat namin sa mga programa niyo tulad nito tapno agballaygikami met ti biag, para iti masakbayanmi nga adda kapansananna (My big thanks to DSWD for conducting activities like this, it’s actually my first time. Regardless of our disabilities, we are not considered different from normal people. DSWD is always supporting us so we can live successfully, with bright future),” he said.

The Department of Health also distributed wheelchairs and canes. PWD Focal Person of DOH Helen Posilero assured DOH’s commitment to continuously support every endeavor of DSWD in ensuring the welfare and protecting the rights of every PWD, and provision of privilege and incentives such as at least 20% discount on medical and dental services including diagnostic and laboratory fees, subject to DOH guideline, in coordination with PhilHealth.

National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week is celebrated on 17-23 July 2017 under the auspices of the National Council on Disability Affairs, pursuant to Proclamation No. 1870 (1979), amended by Proclamation No. 361 (2000) and Administrative Order No. 35 (2002). (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Smiles of success. Security Guard trainees with PMEO Fevie Allen dela Cruz (in blue), CDEDO Maynard Cezar (in pink polo shirt) and personnel from PNP and TVC Security Training Academy, Inc. (left photo) Christopher Valdez, class valedictorian (right photo)

Nineteen security guard trainees stood proud as they hold their certificates of completion during the Pre-Licensing Training Course on Security Guard (PLTC) graduation ceremony on 10 July 2017 at the City of San Fernando, La Union. The said trainees, who are from Sinait, Santa Lucia, and San Esteban towns of Ilocos Sur, are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who underwent skills training under DSWD through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), in partnership with TVC Security Training Academy, Inc. A total of Php258,280.00 from the employment facilitation fund of SLP (Php66,100.00 for five participants from San Esteban, Php54,980.00 for four participants from Santa Lucia, and Php137,200.00 for 10 participants from Sinait) were utilized to cater the training requirements of the beneficiaries.

In an interview, Glenn Mirabel, 36, from Sinait town, gratefully expressed his optimism and joy as one of the Security Guard trainees, “Napalalo ti yamanko ta nairamanak nga nabenepisioan. Barbareng no makabirokak ti napintas a pagtrabahoan tapno saan kamin (pamilyak) ton a maibilang a 4Ps. (I am very grateful to be included in the program. I am looking forward to getting a good job so we, my family, will no longer be listed as Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries).” Glenn, who is a farmer before enrolling in the program, admitted that the compensation he gets out of farming is not enough to sustain the needs of his growing family.

Also, the class valedictorian, Christopher Valdez, 23, from Santa Lucia town, expressed his excitement in starting his career as a Security Guard, “Barbareng no makatrabahoak insigida ta matulongak dagiti nagannakko. Kayatko pay ngamin ti agbalin a security guard tapno makatulongak ti safety dagiti tattao. (I look forward to getting a job the soonest so I can help my family earn a living. I really wanted to become a security guard so I can help safeguard the lives of people).”

SLP is a community-based capacity building program of DSWD that aims to improve the socio-economic status of its participants. This includes technical-vocational training, financial assistance to secure pre-employment requirements, short-term employment to help them earn money for livelihood projects, and capital fund in putting up an enterprise. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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