The Philippines Sustainable Livelihood Program: Providing and expanding access to employment and livelihood opportunities

The Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development has taken the lead in providing opportunities for income generating activities/livelihood development through the implementation of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) since 2011, with the objective to reduce poverty and inequality by generating employment among poor households and by moving highly vulnerable households into sustainable livelihoods and toward economic stability. This note describes the design and core processes of the SLP and reflects on the opportunities that the program has to improve and complement other Social Protection programs to make an impact on households’ welfare, and provides recommendations to maximize its impact.