Department of Agrarian Reform officials led by Secretary John Castriciones with La Trinidad officials led by Mayor Romeo Salda sprearhead the ribbon cutting and turn over ceremony of the solar power irrigation system in Barangay Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The P800, 000.00 irrigation system was turned over to the Alno Rural Community Development Cooperative which is expected to provide water to more than 15 hectares of cut flower and vegetable farms in Alno. RMC PIA-CAR

POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellera(3rd from left) and partner panelists in the forum push for a whole of society approach in addressing women's concerns including repruductive health in this time of health pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

NCCA Chairperson Arsenio Lizaso (with mic) during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forumabout the first Montañosa Film Festival. Joining him (from left to right) are Film Academy of the Philippines chairperson Vivian Velez, Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, NCIP Chairperson Secretary Allen Capuyan (4th from left), NCIP Commissioner for Central Visayas Jennifer Pia Sibug-las and NCIP Commisioner for Region 1 and CAR Gaspar Cayat. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas presides over the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting on COVID-19 on March 29, 2021 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol attended by task force member agencies. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR)



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DSWD releases livelihood grant to 300 families in Kalinga

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, March 13 (PIA) - - More than three hundred beneficiaries from four municipalities affected by the pandemic received capital assistance of Php15,000.00 each under the Livelihood Assistance Grant (LAG) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development this first quarter of 2021.

Ninety micro-enterprisers from Pasil and 83 from Pinukpuk received the asistance druring the March 11 distribution. Another batch including 52 beneficiaries from Balbalan and 109 from Lubuagan received assistance on  March 12.  

The P5-million total funding under Bayanihan 2  is for   334 beneficiaries from Kalinga including recipients from 12 conflict-affected barangays in the province.
The LAG is a form of financial assistance granted to eligible families whose livelihoods were affected by the implementation of the community quarantine.

Dr. Carol Agyao Mangaoang who represented  the Congressman Jessie Allen Mangaoang   during the distribution ceremony on   March 11, encouraged beneficiaries to sustain their respective livelihood in order to earn a living this pandemic and through the years.
"This maybe a little help from government but if you put sweat and dedication on it, am sure those small enterprises will prosper," she said as she   asked   the Social Welfare and Development team to closely monitor the progress of these projects to ensure that every centavo rolls to earn profit.
Raymunda Inciong, a weaver from Poblacion Lubuagan  is grateful she was given capital assistance to buy more thread to increase her production from her native weaving livelihood and to enhance the design of her woven products.
A single parent, Inciong has “ipitan”, “balliga”, “paoy” (rono stick) among other weaving props as her self-provided capital resource. “Narigat agbiruk ti capital, sunga pirmi ragsak ko iti daytoy nga tulong ti gobyerno ta adda igatang ko sinulid ken mapapintas ko met ti disenyo ti laga’k,” quipped Inciong.
“Made to order amin nga gumatang ti lakuk, wholesale buyer da. Tatta ta adda paggapuwan nayun biruk ko, sapay kuma ta maka-graduate jay naudi nga anak ko,” said Inciong who has five children.
Theodoro Magellan of Uma, a conflict-affected barangay also in Lubuagan,  will use his Php15,000.00 capital to buy grocery goods for his sari-sari store. “Istay chiyoy, dakkel nga tulong kenyami nga marigrigat, ta nu adda maganansiyami ket igatang mi met ti makan,”(This is a big help for us who are poor; if we have profit  we use it to food)  he said. 

 Ollasag Aben Bayangan, senior citizen beneficiary from Pasil,  said he will use the money to raise ducks.

“Adda 20 nga upa ken dua nga barako, paaduwek dagitoy. Inyaramidak isudan ti balay da, ken gumatangak ti feeds da. Nu adda malakuk, usaren tun jy anak ko ti panag eskwela na”, (I have 20 female and 2 male ducks and  I made them a  duckhouse. I can now buy feeds. If I sell them, the money will be used for the schooling of my child) he said.  
Marilou Batoon, a 68 years old  grandmother from Dangtalan,  also of Pasil,  will use the assistance for her donut making enterprise. “Napigsa-ak pay met sunga aglutowak ti do-nut ta ilakuk tanu adda igatang mausar ti balay ken usaren jy apuk ti eskwela na,” (I am still strong so I still cook donut which I sell so  hat we have money  to buy our needs at home  and  for the education of my   grandchild)  she said.
In December of last year, 171 eligible proponents in conflict vulnerable/affected barangays of Tabuk City (65 beneficiaries), Rizal (45), Lubuagan (31), and Tinglayan (30) received the same LAG assistance. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

By Peter A. Balocnit


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