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Cong Mangaoang assures support for livelihood, agricultural, and social services programs in Kalinga

Tabuk City, Kalinga – With the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases in the province paving the way for a gradual revival of the local economy, Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang expressed full support for livelihood, agricultural, social services, and employment programs.

Mangaoang stressed this in his message delivered by his representative Placido Alsiyang during the awarding of livelihood assistance to the 67 beneficiaries of Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay: Livelihood Seeding Program held on Tuesday, December 21 at Davidson Hotel, Bulanao, Tabuk City.

The congressman said before the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kalinga province was identified as one of the Cordillera region’s most promising agricultural and business frontiers, given its bountiful resources and hardworking entrepreneurs. However, when COVID-19 started spreading in the province in March 2020, a lot of the business owners were forced to shut their enterprises down, causing the workers to lose their jobs.

“Dakkel nga epekto na dagitoy nga community quarantines ken lockdowns nga inpatungpal iti gobyerno iti ekonomiya tayo ta isu lang met ngamin iti pamuspusan tapnu malapeddan iti panangwara ti COVID-19,” explained Mangaoang.

Grants provided by the Office of the Congressman for the year 2021

Despite the challenging situation, the programs of the Office of the Congressman continued.

For the year 2021, a total of 481 individuals benefited from the Government Internship Program (GIP) through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Support to the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) was also given accordingly.

In addition, 335 recipients received P15,000 each under the Social Welfare and Development-Livelihood Assistance Grant (SWAD-LAG) of DSWD.

Further, more than 400 beneficiaries got assistance for the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Support for Local Economic Revival

Now that COVID-19 cases in the province are declining with the continuous arrival of vaccines along with the efforts done to protect the community, the local economy is taking a faster pace.

With this development, the congressman assured that most of the government funds are allocated for economic revival programs such as livelihood and agricultural programs to provide enough capital to business and agricultural workers.

“Namnamaen yo iti agtul-tuloy nga suporta ken tulong ko kas deputado yo idiay Kongreso para iti ad-adu pay nga pondo ken proyekto nga ited iti DTI ken dadduma pay nga ahensiya iti ili tayo nga Kalinga,” guaranteed Mangaoang.

The congressman then asked all local government units to likewise extend their hand to the public for the livelihood projects to flourish.

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