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Through the highways: Convergence of DSWD’s anti–poverty programs

NATONIN, Mountain Province – “When my wife left us, our children were left under my care, including our last child who was then an infant. It was very difficult for me because there was no one to watch over my children when I went out for work.”

This is the story of Jimmy Alinchawang, 50 years old and a father to three sons and one daughter. His family is a beneficiary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

As a Pantawid beneficiary, Jimmy’s children are required to go to school as a condition for the family to continue receiving the grant. However, since no one is left to look after his children, Jimmy’s eldest child had to stop going to school.

“One day while I was at work my sister called me informing that my last child’s hand was burnt. Worried, I immediately went home.” Because of the incident, one of his children had to stop going to school to take care of his sibling.

When his child stopped going to school, the household was about to be removed from the Pantawid but with the assistance and guidance of members of the municipal action team, his situation was remedied. Jimmy availed himself of a financial assistance and was referred to the Department of Public Works and Highways’ Trabahong Lansangan, a joint project of the DSWD and the Department of Public Works and Highways implemented under the Employment Facilitation Track of SLP.

Employment facilitation is SLP’s track that provides assistance to qualified participants seeking employment. Activities in the track include pre-employment guidance and orientation, as well as job referrals or job placements.

Under the Trabahong Lansangan, beneficiaries were employed to declog drainage canals, conduct road maintenance, and sweep the streets.

Jimmy earned P412 per day and was able to support his family’s daily needs.

Although the work was contractual, Jimmy is grateful for the opportunity. Motivated, he excelled in his work and won second place in the search for the cleanest road section of DPWH Mountain Province in 2013.

Jimmy’s exemplary performance paved way for a better employment opportunity.

“I was hired as a lead man of DPWH in 2014. I continued to perform my job properly,” Jimmy said.

From 2014 to 2017, Jimmy won the first place in the search for cleanest road section in Mountain Province.

To date, Jimmy is working as a lead man and is now earning P13,500 a month. He believes that his dedication in his work will help him attain his dreams for his family.

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