In pursuit of sustained improved health and nutrition of the children catered by HAPAG-ASA, livelihood opportunities from various agencies and institutions are consistently being sought and offered to implementing partners. These livelihood opportunities could help the parents of these children earn extra income to provide for the needs of their children.
For existing partner agencies which could provide assistance on Skills Training and/or Livelihood opportunities for our HAPAG-ASA Parents, please see list below.
I. ANG-HORTALEZA (SPLASH) FOUNDATION, INC.
Splash Foundation provides free training on Basic Cosmetology entitled “GANDA MO, HANAPBUHAY KO - I" (GMHK I) to parents and/or volunteers of the program. The Basic Cosmetology course is a five (5) day comprehensive course where the participants are taught the basic techniques on hair cutting styles, hair coloring, hot oil application, manicure/pedicure, permanent hair winding and foot spa.
HAPAG-ASA Program through the Secretariat under Assisi Development Foundation has forged a partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). This partnership aims to assist HAPAG-ASA community groups in developing sustainable enterprise or undertakings right in their respective communities thereby providing opportunities for generating incomes by means of wage employment and self-employment through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) towards Community Enterprise Development (CED).
Through the research of livelihood opportunities, HAPAG-ASA was able to encounter a blogspot on how to make a stuffed toy. It is owned by Mr. Ronaldo M. Barangan, who has been personally inclined in soft toy making since his childhood and made himself known in this craft. Continuously, he shares his knowledge and eventually became a partner of HAPAG-ASA in providing 3-day trainings on stuffed toy making to its implementing partners. Such skill can be a source of income which we intend to share and offer to the parents of the HAPAG-ASA children. Interested partners may visit his blog site, http://www.adventuresinsofttoymaking.blogspot.com for further details, information and samples of his works.
In May 2012, we were again blessed to have forged partnership with TESDA under the Memorandum signed and released by the Office of the Director General, Secretary Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva. The TESDA Regional, Provincial and District Offices nationwide have been mandated to coordinate with our local HAPAG-ASA implementing partners for the delivery of training assistance to the HAPAG-ASA beneficiaries. As such, we strongly encourage all of our implementing partners to avail of this opportunity to have as many of the HAPAG-ASA parents trained for employable skills or entrepreneurial endeavor.
Please contact the Regional/Provincial Director of TESDA where your implementation site is covered and set an appointment to discuss the details and requirements of the trainings or assistance which could be availed from them. For the list of Regional/Provincial Offices and Directors, please go to http://www.tesda.gov.ph/inc/directory.aspx?direct=2.
SEA-K Program is a capability building program of the DSWD and local government units which aims to enhance the socio-economic skills of poor families through the organization of community-based associations for entrepreneurial development.
Since 2008, HAPAG-ASA has already been a partner of DSWD in helping families thru the latter's SEA-K Program, providing capital assistance to its qualified and deserving parents. At a maximum seed fund of P5,000 each parent, they are given the chance to improve their lives through the livelihood projects that they themselves will engage in their communities.
This seed fund provided by DSWD is a loan to be paid by the beneficiaries after a year without interest. We highly encourage to pay the borrowed money within the given period so as it can be used and rolled-over for other groups’ use too.
Among the business ventures that the past SEA-K beneficiaries engaged in some of our partner dioceses were projects on livelihood, such as, tinapa making, ice cream production, managing vulcanizing shop and salon, producing church missal linens and food-vending.
National Dairy Authority is attached to the Department of Agriculture, an agency mandated to ensure the accelerated development of the Philippine dairy industry through policy direction and program implementation. The HAPAG-ASA initiated a partnership with them eyeing the possibility on animal loan financing and herd build-up for the rural communities that are into ground works, involving them on acceleration of the local dairy stocks and milk production. As NDA campaigns, increasing the milking animals will significantly affect overall local milk production in the country.
For the meat processing fanatics, HAPAG-ASA has tapped the Spices and Foodmix House, responding to the needs of meat entrepreneurs and those who wish to engage in meat processing as a livelihood opportunity. They conduct livelihood seminars, usually done at their center located at 107 Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines Bldg., E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Quezon City for very minimal fees. You may directly inquire and learn more about from them by visiting their website at http://www.spicesandfoodmix.com.
For interested implementing partners, please contact the Hapag-Asa Secretariat first for proper coordination and endorsement to the concerned agency except for TESDA, which you could already directly link with since their Regional offices are already informed about the partnership