HomeIAMURE International Journal of Social Sciencesvol. 11 no. 1 (2014)

Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainable Livelihood Program Participants on Establishing and Sustaining Community Driven Enterprises

Donards Kim Abracia Tañedo

Discipline: Economics, Governance



The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a community-based program which provides capacity building to improve the program participants’ socioeconomic status. As a component of the Convergence Strategy, the program aims to serve the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya, hoping to sustain and expand beyond the five-year intervention the socioeconomic benefits gained. This study aimed to identify the perceived challenges and opportunities of DSWD-SLP region IV-A SEA-K Organizations such as formulating, enhancing, and sustaining livelihood activities and community-based microenterprises. This study used triangulation method, a combination of Qualitative (Phenomenological) and Quantitative (Descriptive) approaches. The research findings revealed that the most prevalent types or nature of livelihood activities in CALABARZON compose of Trade and Commerce, Food Processing, and Cottage Industries as evidenced by the individual surveys conducted per province. On the other hand, the least prevalent livelihood activities include Fishing/Marine Life, Crops, Manufacturing, and Businesses otherwise specified as manifested in the individual surveys conducted per region. Based on the personal interviews conducted, an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was done to come up with common themes. These themes regard to the SEAK members’ perception on challenges and opportunities in sustaining a community-based business enterprise.