Aguinaldo, Ifugao – To assist them in restarting a new life, 26 individuals from Aguinaldo who decided to leave Metro Manila and other congested areas to go back to their hometown were awarded over P1.5 million worth of agri-based livelihood aid by the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera on Thursday, October 27.
The assistance given was made possible through the DA’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2).
DA-Cordillera said the livelihood assistance is part of the farm diversification and livelihood development component of the BP2 Program.
Received by the recipients are gilt crossbreeds, feeds, farm tools, and vegetable seeds.
With them receiving the livelihood assistance, DA-CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey encouraged the recipients to take advantage of them and told them to use the grant for its intended purpose.
In case of deaths of pigs given, the beneficiaries were advised by the regional director to report them to the Municipal Agriculture Office.
What is the BP2 program?
According to Lito Mocati, the BP2 DA-Cordillera Focal Person, the program by virtue of Executive Order No. 114, was designed to assist individuals who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
The program also aims to decongest urban areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In choosing qualified recipients, assessment is done by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Office of the National Housing Authority.
Personnel of the Local Government Unit of Aguinaldo relayed in an interview that most of the recipients used to work in Metro Manila while others had jobs in Cebu.
She added that due to the pandemic, they lost their jobs, forcing them to go back to the municipality.
Mocati, meantime, informed the recipients that monitoring of the grants will be made.
Statement of Mayor Chilagan
In a statement, Mayor Gaspar Chilagan, Jr. expressed gratitude to DA-Cordillera for the grant.
He mentioned the assistance was made possible through the collaboration of LGU Aguinaldo and DA-Cordillera.
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