CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Mar. 9 (PIA) - - Government front liners tasked to provide livelihood and trainings to cooperatives and other organized groups have strengthened convergence and will conduct visitations to see the impact of assistance extended.
In a recent meeting, members of the Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council reported their respective contributions on the development of groups and individuals who availed of financial assistance, machines and equipment capital including loans provided by the lending center of Land Bank.
Arlene Oyando of the Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office reported that they have conducted last year educational training to cooperatives and toured members to Bataan.
Juliana Aclam of the Office of the Provincial Agricultural Services also bared they awarded machineries and equipment to seven farmers group through the P2.6 million fund provided by DA regional office, conducted two trainings to two Rural Improvement Clubs and awarded a total of P14 million to five coops under the Kalinga Integrated Coffee Processing and Marketing funded by the Philippine Rural Development Program.
Alfonso Berto of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said 14 individuals engaged in manufacturing were assisted in the amount of P12 million while five associations were extended P1.6 million, all in the form of machine capital. DOST also conducted 29 trainings.
Eduardo Tamayao of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also reported that they trained individuals planning to establish their own micro business and getting a job for their livelihood.
Imelda Polig of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Jocelyn Dumatog of the Department of Agrarian Reform shared they assisted numerous groups through trainings.
Janet Cession of the provincial social welfare office also informed that they assisted former rebels from OPAPP funds and the Department of the Interior and Local Government through Bottoms-Up-Budgeting community projects.
On the part of the Department of Trade and Industry, Grace Baluyan reported they conducted 71 trainings and assisted 283 small medium enterprises and 98 exhibitors that generated P206 million in sales.
The members in their meeting on February 22 agreed to continue converging their services for the good of the beneficiaries. BY PETER A. BALOCNIT (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)