Cebu City, Philippines. Farmers and fishermen in Alegria, Cebu, recently, received free livelihood project proposal write shop from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7).
The 2-day activity was attended by fifty (50) participants, who were mostly composed of women. According to the DOLE-Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO) Chief, Maria Grace V. Diaz, the write shop covered basic financial and marketing plan; operational strategies; and budget requirements preparation for enterprise development.
"The conduct of project proposal write shops is necessary as part of the social preparation of would-be livelihood beneficiaries. In fact, during the pre-implementation phase of the DOLE’s Kabuhayan program, the Department has to ensure that beneficiaries shall be provided with training on how to plan, set-up, start and operate their livelihood undertakings, which can be provided by partner-agencies,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga.
Under the revised guidelines of the implementation of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), it is said that if a particular pre-implementation phase training cannot be provided by the DOLE’s partner agencies or by the project’s Accredited Co-Partner (ACP), it may be financed by the program funds so long as it is included in the project proposal or business plan.
“We’ve seen the wisdom of conducting write shops on livelihood project proposals and we believe that it can be benefited by those who wish to avail the Department’s livelihood program. For a start, we have to see sound, feasible, and viable project proposals before we get to approve and release financial assistance,” he added.
The common grumble of would-be beneficiaries, the Regional Director added, is that it is not easy to write project proposals. He added that farmers and fisher folks who are the usual beneficiaries of the livelihood program of the DOLE definitely find it extremely challenging to come up with good project proposals, which will describe what they hope to accomplish, why chosen objectives are important, and how they will be able to achieve them.
“We thank the CPFO through the leadership of Chief Diaz for conducting project proposal write shops on a regular basis. Advocacies like these are very important and we hope that the constituents of Alegria, Cebu, who participated in the activity, would put their knowledge to good use by crafting commendable project proposals for their future livelihood undertakings,” Sarcauga said further.
Chief Diaz commended the active participation of women in most DOLE initiated-activities as demonstrated by the women-participants in the municipality of Alegria. She said that there is a need to empower and include them in the DOLE’s development and capacity-building efforts as they are one of the most disadvantaged and marginalized sectors in the community.
“As proposals are vetted on their viability, the DOLE religiously conducts write shops to guide project proponents come up with informed decisions in order to make their chosen livelihood programs sustainable in the long run,” she added.
Livelihood projects identified across the regions have already been enrolled to be transformed to an enterprise level through the Sustainable Livelihood Framework (SLF). The implementation of SLF enhances the entrepreneurial capacity and productivity; improves competitiveness of products or services; and improves income level and quality of life of the beneficiaries.
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