DTI-Abra Provincial Director Samuel Gallardo led the awarding of the livelihood kits worth P10,000 each to the beneficiaries from the municipalities of Bangued, Peñarrubia, Luba, San Isidro, Dolores, San Juan, Lagangilang, Danglas, Manabo, Tubo and Malibcong, Licuaan-Baay and Lacub.
The listed beneficiaries were identified with the help of DTI’s partner agencies and the local government units. Each received a livelihood kit according to his or her existing business venture. Impulse sealer, weighing scale, drums, plastic containers, proofing sheets, knives, frying pan, stove, blender and mixing bowls were given to those who have processing business.
Under agri-business vegetable production, they received garden tools, drum, hose, plastic crates and knapsack sprayer. For hog raisers, items included poultry feeds, anti-biotics, vitamins and other supplements and grocery items for the sari-sari storeowners.
Gallardo explained that the program aims to support businesses which are struggling to survive due to crisis such as the COVID-19 or are in conflict zones.“This is one of the primary focus of the current administration which targets less fortunate families and individuals especially those who under conflict-affected areas,” he said.
The livelihood kits are not “ayuda” but an investment to sustain their businesses, he said as he enjoined the beneficiaries to work hardw to make their business grow and inspire their neighbors and family members to progress through business.
Before the awarding of the livelihood kits, DTI personnel conducted livelihood and entrepreneurial seminars among the beneficiaries.
Gabino Cawing, one of the beneficiaries from Malibcong, expressed his gratitude to the government for the PGB support. He and his wife have been struggling lately to keep their sales in their sari-sari store going in Brgy. Mataragan, one of the identified conflict-affected areas of Malibcong.
“We are grateful for this opportunity given to us. We will make sure that this support from the government will be managed well for the growth of our businesses,” Gabino expressed.
Sari-sari store owner Rosemarie C. Manilag from Taripan, Malibcong, also committed to use the livelihood assistance to her business so that one day she could also help and share her blessings to others.
This is now the third quarter implementation of the PBG program in the province by DTI with the Provincial Government of Abra, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Dept. of the Interior and Local Government, local government units and 24th and 69th Infantry Battalions of the Philippine Army as partners. (JDP/XADC/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)
By Christian Allister Tubadeza & Xandro Alexander Carino