Iloilo City solon centers on social services agenda

Five hundred twenty-two “economically-active poor” from this city shall initially benefit from the social services initiative under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K), in collaboration with the Office of Congressman Jerry Treñas .

SEA-K is one of the three poverty alleviation programs of the agency, declared DSWD Region VI Project Development Officer Clarence Daryl Alfuente. He noted that this is the first time that this city’s solon is focusing on social services programs rather than infrastructure projects.

Alfuente said Trenas’ allotted P2.9M from his priority development assistance fund to provide livelihood programs for this city’s low-income businessmen. DSWD shall provide technical assistance and capability building to beneficiaries, he said.

The beneficiaries include ambulant vendors, sari-sari store owners, and peddlers, among others.

The beneficiaries, most of them are women, have very little or no capital to sustain their businesses. The agency shall assess their qualifications prior to training them and enhance their capabilities, particularly on the readily available or feasible business on their communities.

“We want to enhance the productivity of women, to empower them to augment the needs of their families instead of just being a plain housewife,” explained Treñas’ wife, Rosalie. She also spearheads various social services programs as member of the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc.

She added: “It will give an opportunity for the wives to help their husbands look for a living, develop values and responsibility at home.” SEA-K is one of the pet projects of her husband for social services initiatives in this city.

Alfuente noted Treñas’ various undertakings on livelihood programs and social services as city mayor then.

“When (Cong. Treñas) was still the city mayor, he had also ventured on Tinapay ng Bayan,” Alfuente explained. Treñas served as this city’s chief executive for three terms in office, which is equivalent to nine years.

The 522 beneficiaries are distributed among the seven city districts here – La Paz, 102; Mandurriao, 91; Molo, 60; City Proper, 79; Arevalo, 49; Jaro, 90; and Lapuz, 51. DSWD started the assessment of these beneficiaries on Tuesday.

DSWD’s poverty alleviation programs also include 4P’s (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) and the KALAHI-CIDSS (Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services), Alfuente added./dis (30)