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  • Writer's pictureAnnabelle Mamattong

5 inmates in Tabuk City, Kalinga granted ‘negosyo kit’

Tabuk City, Kalinga – 5 Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) in Tabuk City District Jail were granted livelihood starter kits on October 21, 2022, as means to help them earn income and be productive while confined in jail.

Said effort is under the Department of Trade and Industry-Kalinga through the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay- Livelihood Seeding Program (NSB-LSP). Its goal is to give qualified micro-entrepreneurs livelihood assistance to engage in economic activities.

Beneficiaries of said program include sole proprietors, cooperatives, or sectoral associations that are located in identified barangays, including those in areas affected by communist armed conflict and vulnerable communities such as the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), refugees or stateless persons also known as persons of concern.

According to DTI-Kalinga, the recipients are engaged in food processing, street food, handicraft manufacturing, and barber services which are operating inside the prison.

The kits provided are the items that could enhance their businesses. Said items amount to P8,000.

According to Officer-In-Charge of SME Development Division Josephine Daliyong, this was the first time the department has given livelihood kits to PDL grantees.

Warden John Wayland Lapon, Chief Inspector of the jail, expressed his appreciation to the DTI for including them in the program. The Warden reminded the beneficiaries to make use of the livelihood kits productively to support their families while at the detention facility.

The PDL recipients likewise expressed their gratitude to DTI-Kalinga for the livelihood kits.

Meantime, the agency is set to conduct Bamboo and Hand Craft Trainings in the prison facility these coming days to encourage other PDLs to level up their skills and knowledge and produce better products.


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