“The number of unemployed Filipinos in the last quarter of 2013 rose to 27.5 percent, or an estimated 12.1 million individuals, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found.” Jobless Filipinos Hit 12.1 M, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Feb. 11, 2014
Poverty is still pervasive in many places in the Philippines. Operation Blessing believes that with the right financial and skills support, impoverished individuals and communities have a chance to improve their lives. Operation Blessing helps them attain economic self-sufficiency through its Mobile Skills Training (MOST) Program, Small-Scale Business (SSB), and Bayanihan Banking.
The MOST program equips the unemployed and out-of-school youth with vocational skills to help them earn a living. The SSB program, on the other hand, provides assistance in setting up small-scale businesses. OB also helps communities establish a savings mobilization system called the Bayanihan Banking System to encourage livelihood beneficiaries to properly manage their finances.
Teach people a work skill and they will be able to feed themselves for life—such is the true nature of empowerment. Operation Blessing created its Livelihood Program because it knows the value of empowering people so that they themselves have a stake in rebuilding their lives and becoming productive members of society. Like Robert, all it takes is hope, that things will get better, when things are done together.