DSWD Sibol Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) introduces the Sibol Program, an evolved version of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), tailored to meet the intricate needs of its beneficiaries more effectively. Launched with the vision of fostering sustainable growth and development, Sibol aims to guide participants through a comprehensive journey of self-improvement and economic empowerment. Secretary Rex Gatchalian highlights the program’s commitment to nurturing participants’ progress, symbolized through the growth of a plant, from seeding to flourishing. This is set to provide participants with the necessary tools, resources, and knowledge to establish and expand their livelihoods, ensuring they have a robust foundation to thrive in today’s competitive environment.

Targeted primarily at the economically disadvantaged, Sibol seeks to empower individuals eager to start or enhance their micro-enterprises or find employment. With benefits including an initial livelihood grant of up to PHP 250,000 per association, tailored capability-building activities, and opportunities for market exposure, Sibol is poised to make a significant impact on poverty reduction and sustainable development. Applicants are required to provide proof of residency, a business plan or employment training interest, and membership in a community association for group projects. The program unfolds in stages—application, training, implementation, growth, and graduation—each designed to systematically build participants’ abilities and confidence to succeed in their entrepreneurial or employment endeavors. Through this, the DSWD aims not only to provide financial support but to forge a partnership for growth, sustainability, and success, paving the way for a more prosperous future for Filipino communities.

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Sibol Program: An Introduction 

Imagine a seed, planted with care, growing into a thriving plant. This is the essence of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) “Sibol: the New SLP (Sustainable Livelihood Program).” Launched to innovate and respond effectively to the diverse needs of its participants, the program represents a nurturing journey towards improved well-being and equitable access to livelihood assets and resources. Secretary Rex Gatchalian emphasizes a growth-oriented approach, ensuring participants receive the support and guidance they need to flourish.

Significance of the Program

Launched in May 2023, the DSWD Sibol Program represents a significant shift in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) approach to poverty reduction.  While details on its specific impact are still emerging, it aims to move beyond simple financial aid by providing Filipinos with resources and training for sustainable livelihood development. This approach has the potential to empower Filipinos to break the cycle of poverty and achieve financial security.

The DSWD’s shift from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) to the Sibol program might be due to a combination of factors, including a desire to move beyond short-term aid and offer long-term support for building sustainable livelihoods, improve efficiency in program delivery, and adapt to changing needs of beneficiaries and the economic landscape.

Legal Foundation

Rooted in the government’s commitment to uplift its citizens, this program stands on the solid ground of legislative support and public-private collaboration. It’s part of a broader effort to empower the economically disadvantaged and drive the nation towards sustainable development.


  • Initial Livelihood Grant: Up to PHP 250,000 per association, fostering the growth of micro-enterprises and employment opportunities.
  • Capability-Building Activities: Tailored training to equip participants with essential skills for success.
  • Market Exposure: Opportunities to showcase products to a broader audience, enhancing business prospects.


The Sibol Program is designed for individuals keen on starting or improving their micro-enterprises or those seeking employment. Priority is given to the economically disadvantaged, ensuring they have a fighting chance at success.


  • Proof of residency
  • Business plan or employment training interest
  • Membership in a community association (for group projects)

Step-by-Step Procedure

  1. Application: Submit your application and required documents to the nearest DSWD office.
  2. Training: Participate in capability-building activities tailored to your chosen livelihood path.
  3. Implementation: Start your micro-enterprise or secure employment, utilizing the skills and knowledge acquired.
  4. Growth: Engage in ongoing training and support activities to ensure the sustainability of your livelihood.
  5. Graduation: Successfully expand your business or career, receiving additional support and recognition.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

SIBOL Program Empowers MSMEs with Financial Support and Partnership with Gcash

Over 2,000 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines have received P5,000 each through the Start-up, Investment, Business Opportunity, and Livelihood (SIBOL). Aimed at empowering individuals through small business opportunities, it goes beyond financial support by partnering with Gcash, an online wallet service, to facilitate business growth and efficient management. With the leadership of Speaker Martin Romualdez, the House of Representatives recognizes the vital role of MSMEs in driving the economy and prioritizes empowering and fostering their growth. (PIA)

DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program Focuses on Long-Term Impact for Beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is now prioritizing long-term impact for its beneficiaries. With the introduction of the ‘Sibol’ five-year livelihood sustainability plan, this aims to enhance and improve its implementation, ensuring sustainable livelihood opportunities for individuals and communities in need.


Watch: The Inspiring Story of Trinidad Sustainable Livelihood Program Association’s Journey Towards a Better Life

In this captivating video, join the residents of Barangay Trinidad, Surigao City as they share their success story through the SLP. Discover how the program has empowered them to improve their quality of life and achieve sustainable livelihoods. Experience their inspiring journey towards prosperity and growth.

Kwentong Sibol: Anunang Fisherfolks SLP Association

In this inspiring tale, follow the journey of the Anunang Fisherfolks SLP Association, led by their Association President, Helen Gabayan from Barangay Gamut, Barobo, Surigao del Sur. Discover how they nurtured the Bangus Production project granted to them by the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program, as they strive for progress and prosperity.



The DSWD’s Sibol Program is more than just a livelihood project; it’s a partnership for growth, sustainability, and success. By providing the seeds of opportunity and the support to nurture them, the program empowers Filipinos to build a prosperous future for themselves and their communities. Let’s join hands and support each other in this journey of growth and success. Together, we can make a difference, one life at a time.

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