At least 24 mothers who are members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) from different barangays of the city of San Carlos are presently undergoing one month training in dressmaking at Senior Citizens Building, Reclamation Area.

4Ps beneficiaries during the Dressmaking Training
at Senior Citizen Building.

Said training is under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Reg. VI which started Feb. 11 until March 25, 2015 facilitated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

DSWD Field Office Project Development Officer Stephen Arnold Valiao said the dressmaking training budgeted at P480,000 is just part of the many livelihood projects of DSWD for 4Ps beneficiaries as source of income for their family.

He cited that their office already distinguished the various livelihood programs suited for 4Ps beneficiaries with which dressmaking emerged as one of the best sources of income.

Valiao added that they have also allocated a budget of P317,000 for Household Services training which will start in March 2016 alongside other subsistence such as welding, natural and organic farming, and abaca processing for those beneficiaries in the upland barangays.

Trainer for dressmaking Magdalena Ulgasan said most of the mothers have no background/experience in sewing but she was certain they will learn easily as they started with basic sewing and progressed to making curtains, pajama and later on designing, cutting and sewing of dresses.

Tools used including sewing kits, threads, fabric and sewing machine will be given to participants for free after said training while a daily stipend of P100 is also provided for each participant for the whole duration of said training.