100 Pantawid households from Tanauan Leyte Underwent Pugay-Tagumpay; Received various aftercare programs and services from partner stakeholders

After attaining a Self-Sufficiency Level of Well-being, the 100 Pantawid households from Tanauan Leyte underwent Pugay-Tagumpay, a Ceremonial Graduation wherein the graduates are officially turned over to the local government units for aftercare programs and services. The remarkable activity was conducted on Tuesday, April 2 at the Civic Center, Tanauan Leyte.

The Pugay-Tagumpay was graced by DSWD Undersecretary for NHTS and 4Ps Vilma Cabrera; 4Ps National Program Manager Gemma Gabuya; Municipal Mayor Ma.Gina Merilo; DSWD Regional Director Grace Subong; and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) of Leyte Vivian Claros.

It was also attended by Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members; Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) members; and key officials and representatives of the different partner national government units, civil society organizations and academe.

The 100 graduates received aftercare programs and services from the partner stakeholders such as the following: 100 kits of oral health family package from the Department of Health (DOH); provision of seedlings and other agricultural training from the Department of Agriculture (DA); Entrepreneurial Training and Livelihood for additional capital for existing Sari Sari stores from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Employable skills training, scholarship program, entrepreneurial program and free assessment for employed beneficiaries from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); and continuous support to the program implementation from the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The graduates also received employment opportunities from Mardel International Management & Services, Inc, LGH International Services, Inc, Metro Retail Store Group, Inc, PH Global Jet Express Inc. (J&T Express), L and G Security & Investigation Agency, Tanauan Leyte- Hardware & Construction Supply and Haiyan Hotel & Resort; food assistance from the Play Alegre Resort and Restaurant; insurance and employment opportunities from Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Brokers, Inc ; gift certificates from NSE life home Variety Store and Mercury Drug Corporation-Tanauan Branch; financial literacy orientation from the CARD Bank, Inc.-Tanauan Branch; Skills, Livelihood, and Literacy training Integration to the Community for Economic Empowerment and Development (SLICED) program from the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) Tanauan Campus; and grocery items from the Local Government Unit of Tanauan.

These aftercare programs and services are necessary for the graduate households not to slide back into poverty.

Further, the Ceremonial Awarding of P2-M of livelihood grants from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to 200 graduates in 2021 and the awarding of P300-TH livelihood assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to 200 graduates in 2023 were also conducted.

The 100 graduated households are part of the town’s 404 households belonging to non-poor and attained the Self-Sufficiency Level of Well-being target to graduate this first semester of 2024.

Self-sufficiency refers to the ability of the household to support their daily basic needs; and develop and use the necessary skills and awareness to cope with crises and challenges.