DTI Abra led by Engr. Francis D. Pacio, Officer-In-Charge and Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Marvin Arcangel awarded livelihood kits worth P8,000 each to 30 qualified micro, small and medium entrepreneurs from barangays Buanao, Bayabas, Dulao, Duldulao, Gacab, and Lat-ey. This is under the Livelihood Seeding Program – Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay which allows a wider reach of business development assistance by bringing government services closer to the people.
DTI also brought its Diskwento Caravan to Barangay Poblacion to provide goods to the public at discounted prices during the pandemic. This is in partnership with Abra Diocesan Teachers and Employees Cooperative.
TESDA Abra led by Provincial Director Braulio Dela Peña offered various training courses to the four Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) barangays namely Buanao, Bayabas, Dulao and Duldulao. The training courses include Masonry NC I, Carpentry NC II, Animal Production NC I, Entrepreneurial Training, and Competency Assessment.
Meanwhile, BFAR Abra headed by Provincial Fisheries Officer Janet Daguio distributed cash and food subsidy to 25 marginalized fisherfolk and farmers in the municipality.
Dolores Martinez, a sari-sari store owner and one of the beneficiaries from Brgy. Duldulao, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the different line agencies.
“Livelihood projects and other government programs here in our municipality are now overflowing. We can feel that the government is really working closer to us especially in our farthest barangays. We are so happy, blessed and thankful for all of these,” Martinez said.
The Serbisyo Caravan in line with Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte institutionalizing a ”Whole-of-Nation” approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) towards the attainment of sustainable and inclusive peace.
The activity was supported by the Malibcong LGU led by Mayor Romando Bacuyag, DILG, DSWD and through the Community Support Program of the 24th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Division Philippine Army that paved the way for more government programs and projects to be served in the municipality especially at the ELCAC barangays.(JDP/XADC/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)
By Xandro Alexander D. Carino