The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI extended financial assistance to 40 solo parents in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, by way of seed capital to jumpstart their chosen micro-enterprise, a DSWD press release said.
DSWD6 Regional Director Minda Brigoli led the turning over of the check for P186,000 to the Tanging Ina SEA-K and the Quindecillion SEA-K.
These associations were organized under the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran Project of the department.
Brigoli said they are fulfilling their promise to help solo parents in La Carlota. With the financial assistance under the SEA-K for their chosen business, they hope their economic difficulty would be alleviated.
She said the Tanging Ina SEA-K received P86,000 as additional capital for its 20 members from Barangay San Miguel.
The group is into making tocino and chorizo. The Quindecillion SEA-K, on the other hand, received P100,000 for its 20 members from Brgy. Haguimit.
Brigoli said 10 other solo parents from Sitio Guintubdan, Brgy. Ara-al are still being assessed for possible availment of the SEA-K.
The SEA-K is the national government’s micro-finance strategy for job generation and investment in human capital.
The program provides seed capital at no interest and it is payable in two years, and helps establish community-based, self-managed credit facilities in the towns, the press release said.
La Carlota Association of Barangay Captains President Francisco Oplas, meanwhile, encouraged the beneficiaries to take care of the seed capital extended to them so that more people could also benefit and avail of SEA-K.
Focal Person for Solo Parents Melende Eseller said La Carlota City has around 80 registered solo parents, with 78 females and two males.
City Social Welfare and Development Officer Julia Uy said the solo parents were also issued identification cards, the press release added.*