The empowerment of one leads to the empowerment of the entire community.

This is the story of the 80 members of Talacogon-Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association Federation who are also Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program partner-beneficiaries. Determined and eager to generate income, the group put up a catering service and carinderia business called the Talacogon-SLP Eatery located at the Talacogon Bus Terminal.

In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), a skills training on good manufacturing practices was conducted. Members of the association also participated in the SLP-initiated trainings on frontline customer care service and simple bookkeeping. With these inputs, the federation efficiently operated their business. The municipal local government unit (LGU) showed support through provision of venue for the said activity.

“Because of the trainings that we’ve attended, we learned how to run our carinderia business and to better serve our customers,” shared federation president Neda Madiano.

The federation accepts catering services for all occasions for private and government clients. Madiano said that the income they get from the catering service provides them funds to buy their domestic needs.

The federation also plans to expand their business by putting up a general merchandise store and buying a suitable location that will serve as their preparation area for their catering services and a function hall for rent.

Madiano furthered that the SLP has challenged the federation members to strive harder. The group has become empowered to initiate their own plans with the supervision of their project development officer. She believed that the federation should not always depend on the help of the government, but the members must exert full effort to be able to stand on their own. (Mary Carmelle Jumawan and Janelle Murillo, DSWD-Caraga)