SILAW PROGRAM: TOWARDS A SELF-SUFFICIENT CONSTITUENCY
The Social Integration of the Low and Weak (SILAW) program, initiated way back in June of 1999, is a multi-faceted outreach project extended to the town’s poorest of the poor, that they may become economically self sufficient in terms of their basic needs, like food, shelter, clothing, medicine, and education. It initially started way back in June of 1999 with 72 families from six pilot barangays, (namely, Catolohan, Coro, Sacsac, Jolomaynon, Ablayan and Lumbang), and has eventually covered the entire 33 barangays of Dalaguete, extending assistance and alleviating the economic condition of least 735 families. Recently, some 166 family-beneficiaries that showed marked improvement in terms of their present livelihood were given their respective “Diploma sa Kalambuan” (Diploma of Improvement) during the recognition and gift-giving ceremonies held on December 16, 2010 at the San Isidro Labrador Parish in Mantalongon, and on December 17 and December 20, 2010 at the San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish in Poblacion. Earlier this year, the Office of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) which is the main implementer of the SILAW Program, has identified a new batch of qualified family-recipients.