Rowena Boston of DTI-Kalinga said the livelihood kit consists of P10,000-worth of commodities to help beneficiaries propel their economic activities.
The livelihood kits were given to 59 beneficiaries in barangays covered under the government’s End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) program. But this time of the pandemic, the aid is not limited to former rebels but also to low-income individuals affected by the lockdown due to the COVID-19, she explained.
Of the 59, 23 are from Balbalan, 21 from Pinukpuk, 12 in Lubuagan and three in Tinglayan.
Before the distribution, profiling of beneficiaries was done to determine what livelihood projects they needed.
Approved projects include sari-sari store, hog production/trading, rice production/trading, soft-broom making, carpentry, barber shop, food processing and furniture.
The activity is in partnership with the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, local government units and other government agencies. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Larry T. Lopez