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Since its implementation in 2013, the Gawad Kabuhayan Program has complemented LANDBANK’s social mandate of promoting the well-being of marginalized sectors of society by equipping communities with skills vital to accessing and developing opportunities for livelihood. The livelihood program has since assisted more than 1,000 households nationwide throughout its 3 program phases.
Phase 1 (2013-2014)
The 1st phase was a pioneer program employing a “recovery through livelihood” concept that aided the recovery of affected families displaced by Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City.
It was in collaboration with the Habitat For Humanity Philippines (HFHP) which benefited an estimated 3,355 families affected in six (6) relocation sites in the city, namely Calaanan II, Calaanan III, Indahag I, Indahag II, Xavier Ecoville, and Taguanao.
It was the first Habitat site that integrates skills training program in Habitat’s disaster recovery efforts.
Apart from fostering a social cohesion that helped in the emotional healing of the communities that were traumatized by the typhoon/floods, the impact of the program resulted in the following:
Phase 2 (2015-2016)
The program continued to expand in its 2nd Phase, adding another beneficiary site in Cagayan de Oro City.
Phase 3 (2017-present)
In its 3rd Phase, the Gawad Kabuhayan evolved into a farming program in partnership with the Landbank Countryside Foundation, Inc. (LCDFI) which will benefit people’s organizations (POs) in line with the Bank’s Gawad Sibol Program (hyperlink to GSP) through the following activities:
The Program is now providing capacity building and technology transfer training on integrated organic farming for consumption and possible distribution to local markets.
The initial three (3) pilot sites in Antipolo, Cebu, and Lake Sebu all involve POs under the Community-Based Forest Management Program (CBFM) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The LANDBANK Gawad Kabuhayan Program is one of the Bank’s programs cited as “Outstanding Development Projects” by the Association of Development Financing Institution in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) under the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the ADFIAP Awards 2014.