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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT Sustainable Livelihood Program NARRATIVE REPORT ‘AS OF DECEMBER 25, 2015 A. STATUS OF PHYSICAL IMPLEMENTATION AND FUND UTILIZATION (CY 2013- 2015) As of 25 December 2015, of the 470 target projects for CY 2013, 469 (99.79%) were completed and 1 (0.219) under procurement stage. This was the project previously cancelled due to armed conflict in 2013, The funds were taken from the 2014 savings since the allocation for 2013 has lapsed. An estimated 14,199 direct beneficiaries have been served, exceeding the 14,100 targeted direct beneficiaries, of which 8,622 or 60.72% are women and 5,577 (39.28%) are men, For the second tranche CY 2014, out of the 470 target projects, 434 (93,3496) were completed, 16 (3.40%) are ongoing and 20 (4.26%) are currently in the procurement stage. An estimated 14,17 direct beneficiaries have been served, still above the 14,100 targeted direct beneficiaries, of which 8,634 (60.90%) are women and 5,543 (39.10%) are men. For the third tranche CY 2015, out of the 722 target projects, 356 (49.3196) were completed, 81 (11.22%) are ongoing, 277 (38.3796) are in the procurement stage and 8 (1.11%) are in the preparatory stage, Table 1 below shows the Physical Accomplishments for the three Calendar Years as of December 2015 ‘Table 1 Breakdown of the status of projects per Region per Tranche Procurement Proparator cx | teston | target completed Ongoing POC ee Total Variance vir ca 7 7 7 ° 2 7 i oa oa 0 ° 0 oo o zors | x waza o o 0 12 o x 26 26 0 o ° 216 ° canaga | 6 36 0 o 0 36 ° Total 469 0 1 o 470 1 vir ze 35 3 v 7 28 3 x oe o 1 o o on 1 2ors | x m2 ae 0 ° ° at ° xt 2626 o ° © 216 ° caraca | 36 4 2 20 o 36 32 Total a 16 20, o 470 36 vn oo 12 5 7 7 28 16 In terms of financial accomplishment, the program has allocated a total of P684.3 million for the three tranches of which P589.1 million are for project grants. ‘The grants were used for investments in physical assets of the recipient SLPAs for Production and/or Consolidation Units. For some SLPAs engaged in trading and marketing, part of the grants were allotted for working/revolving capital Table 2 below shows the Financial Accomplishment for the three Calendar Years as of December 2015. It should be noted that “Total Grants Utilized” include all those completed, ongoing and under procurement stage, and that the “Balance” pertain to projects under the preparatory stage. Table 2 Breakdown ofthe Project grants allocated and uilize per Region per Tranche |e nie sere Ee tat ear tien | ets Allocation Funded —“Srgainge—_@FEDaratONy ae a 122 36,600,000.00 122 36,600,000.00 0 100 aE 122. 36,600,000.00 122 36,600,000.00 0 100 2013 grant has apse thie year B. STATUS OF BILLBOARDS INSTALLATION (2013-2015) As of December 2015, there are a total of 1,227 billboards installed for completed projects. ‘These billboards have been installed through counterpart contribution of the LGUs where PAMANA projects are present, Table 3 shows the status of billboard implementation, ‘Table 3 Status of billboard implementation (2013-2015) No, of Billboards | No. of Billboards | No. of Billboards | Total No. OF Tnstalled for | Installed for | Installed for Billboards REGION Completed Ongoing Projects in Installed Projects Projects Preparatory Stage VIII 0 0 0 0 Ix 137 7 0 204 x 366 0 0 36600 XI 648, o 0 648 Caraga 76 315, 1 302 | Total 1,227 382 1 1,610 B. ISSUES/CONCERNS B.1 Procurement. As reported in the previous periods, the required accreditation of the SLP Associations hampered the direct release of grants, thereby causing delays in the program implementation, particularly in ARAGA. B.2 Feasibility. Monitoring activities conducted during the quarter also revealed that some SLP Association projects lacked feasibility assessment in terms of economic viability, causing, a slow or limited functionality of the Associations. B.3 Sustainability. As the program ends this quarter, the challenge of ensuring the sustainability of the SLP Association projects beyond PAMANA became a pressing concern, especially that the services of PAMANA-dedicated field staff have to end in December 2015. C. ACTIONS TAKEN G.I In CARAGA, the Field Office enhanced its procurement systems to fast track project implementation, Ar the same time the FO conducted a series of capability building activities on local procurement mechanisms involving community volunteers and LGU partners. At the national level, the policy on accreditation of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) has been modified to categorize SLP Associations as “Beneficiary CSOs", which lessens the requirements for accreditation. C.2.On the feasibility of PAMANA projects, SLP issued enhanced guidelines in the conduct of feasibility assessment for all livelihood projects. C33 Field Offices conducted series of capability activities to elevate the management skills of the SLP Associations toward sustaining their economic activities. These included training on financial management, asset protection, and learning and exchange visits, among others. D. CHANGE STORIES ‘The last quarter of 2015 marks the conclusion of the 3-year SLP-PAMANA program for the 470 original barangays in 20 municipalities, 9 provinces and 5 regions. At the onset of the rogram, the objective of SLP-PAMANA is to strengthen resilience to conflict by improving the socio-economic capacity of communities and families in the covered areas through capacity-building and livelihood program that will develop the personal, social, entrepreneurial and technical skills of the program participants. SLP-PAMANA has established 470 SLP Associations within the last three years who manage the group enterprises identified by the members following the principles set forth by the program. The livelihood projects have gone beyond improving the economic capacities of the program participants. The same has become the medium to progress the life-long confli situations in areas where SLP-PAMANA is present. Moreover, the inclusivity of the program has served more marginalized sectors reaching the “ultra-poor” segments of the society. Carrying on the legacy of the program through change stories from different program participants included in the previous narrative reports, this report describes how SLP- PAMANA has helped the communities in Magpet, North Cotabato, Glan, Sarangani and Lebak, Sultan Kudarat ‘Magpet, North Cotabato Barangay Alibayon Alibayon is one of the 32 barangays in the municipality of Magpet who received the SLP- PAMANA Peace and Development Fund. SLP- PAMANA as a program was introduced in 2013 to capacitate the community through engagement in different livelihood projects. The Alibayon SLP Association was formed and is composed mostly of small-scale farmers who raise native chickens Native chicken raising asthe frst tranche project and other farm animals. The program participants went through different stages of training following the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) strategy in preparation for the implementation of their chosen enterprises. Prior to SLP-PAMANA, the farmers have no direct market for their livestock leaving them with no option but to sell on a much lesser price to earn a profit. ‘The Alibayon $ steady increase in the number of households P Association has observed a within the barangay and the surrounding areas. Taking advantage of most members being experienced farmers, the Association decided to utilize their first tranche grant into raising native chickens as their first project. The formation of Delivery truck as the second tranche project the Association helped link small-scale raisers to assured end-buyers prompting the former to increase production given the increase in demand. ‘The Association purchased a delivery truck using their second tranche grant to ensure timely delivery of orders from the growing customers. The third tranche grant was used to purchase additional native chickens and farm products to be retailed among other farmers within the community. ‘The establishment of livelihood projects by the Alibayon SLP Association helped its members in different aspects. For instance, small-scale farmers now earn more than they use to. As a result, these farmers have provided better for their families especially with their basic needs. ‘The projects have also taught the members the value of saving money through the savings mobilization scheme adopted by the SLP Association. Through this, the members now have a different perspective on the money they earn and on their spending habits. The livelihood projects have also employed several residents of the community, particularly of 4Ps, to guard the chicken cages and manage the retail store. SLP-PAMANA is gradually gaining back the trust of Barangay Alibayon residents who had reservations with the program in the early stages due to negative experiences with government projects in the past. People from remote areas of the community start to appreciate the government's plan of inclusive growth that includes the marginalized sectors of the population. The projects have likewise brought out the potentials in each member through the social preparation and capability-building trainings provided. Furthermore, the established enterprises taught the SLP Association members of the responsibility that they have to keep for the sustainability and further development of their livelihood projects. Glan, Sarangani Barangay Cablalan SLP-PAMANA was first introduced in Cablalan through a barangay assembly conducted by the Project Development Officer in September 2013. ‘The program objectives and the implementation process were discussed with the community residents. The discussion lead to the formation of Cablalan PAMANA-SLP Association composed of 30 members, 5 acting as Community Core Group $1PA members during the validation forthe and 25 other volunteer members. Before the entry ange mabuhay words of SLP-PAMANA, Barangay Cablalan had difficulty accessing basic goods to the community. In addition, unproductive citizens are widespread due to high unemployment rate and lack of skills training to capacitate the residents in becoming formative workforce. [The Cablalan PAMANA-SLP Association established a Community ig farm products for both members and non-members in the barangay. The Community Store Store for their first tranche project retai was expanded using the second tranche grant to acquire more farm products and add farming equipment and tools to cater the growing needs of the community. The SLP Association members decided to purchase a hauler truck as the third tranche project to transport goods Ss from the nearby towns up to the barangay. The same is being used for Bianca 7 CablalansPACommunity transporting crops produced within the barangay to be sold to outside markets, The projects were all been funded by the Peace and Development Fund awarded to the beneficiary barangay identified by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). ‘The enterprises established by the Cablalan PAMANA-SLP Association support the residents by making basic commodities accessible. People saved on transportation costs which they can use for other necessities in their families. SLPA members who were previously unemployed are now engaged in the management of livelihood projects and are using their time productively for skills and personal advancement. The projects have also imparted among 'SLPA member on-duty as store clerk members transparency and accountability with regard to utilization of government funds as well as simple canvassing and procurement process. ‘The Lupong Tagapamayapa of Cablalan expressed its gratitude following the improvement of peace and order situation in the barangay three years since the implementation of SLP- PAMANA projects. ‘The involvement of the community residents in the planning until decision-making stages of the project implementation instilled confidence among beneficiaries empowering them in the process. The formation of the SLP Association also proved that peace and development can be achieved regardless of differences in culture and Lebak, Sultan Kudarat Barangay Kalamongog gs Kalamongog is agriculturally abundant with rice, com and copra. Prior to SLP-PAMANA, farmers have to cross a river to transport their produce to the Poblacion for trading SLP-PAMANA was introduced to the community through @ barangay assembly lead by the barangay officials and facilitated by the DSWD staff. In the orientation, ‘Barangay Assembly introducing SLP-PAMANA residents expressed their aspiration for projects that Progra can support their existing livelihood. The farmers prefer to sell their crops within the barangay instead of transporting it to the Poblacion which is costly. However, the absence of a public market leaves them with no option. The people of Kalamongog, likewise, have to acquire all their basic needs from the Poblacion market. To address the concerns raised by the participants present in the assembly, an SLP Association was formed who will manage the enterprises that will be established by the group for the next three years. In the first tranche, the SLPA members identified the necessity of a solar dryer to address the urgent needs of the farmers. The second tranche project agreed by the members is the construction of a public market where their produce and other basic necessities can be consolidated. The third tranche grant was used to expand the original plan of construction to accommodate other small businesses interested stalls in the newly constructed public market to exhibit their products for sale, ‘The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries together with the members of the SLP Association volunteered for the construction of the public market. Furthermore, the Barangay LGU created an ordinance for the provision of Barangay Tanod to ensure the safety of the market and the security of the goods. The newly constructed SLP-PAMANA public market ntawid Pamilya and SLPA volunteers forthe construction of the publie market ‘The existing public market made basic commodities accessible to the community. Farmers are earning more than they used to because of the savings they get from transportation costs. The presence of the public market brought up entrepreneurial interest among the community residents who would also want to venture into small enterprises. The SLP Association is, looking forward to helping more residents by tapping government agencies for Capital/Monetary Assistance as start-up investment. Prepared by: m2 Se ANDREW A. SERRANO SLP-PAMANA NPMO focal person Sustainable Livelihood Program Noted by: = I Program Manager ble Livelihood Program Reviewed by: ALICIA B. OC Cluster Coordinator Sustainable Livelihood Program

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