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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

DTI awards assistance to 33 individuals living in communist influenced barangays of Mt. Province

Mountain Province, Philippines – 33 individuals who are residing in End Local Communist Armed Conflict barangays (ELCAC) in this province has received livelihood kits from the Department of Trade and Industry through their Livelihod Seeding Program-Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB) and Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) on Friday, November 27.

ELCAC barangays are described as barangay which are still being influenced by communist rebels. Most of these barangays also fall under the category of poor barangays.

Out of the 33 beneficiaries, 4 are recipients of LSP-NSB and the remaining 29 are beneficiaries of PPG. Said beneficiaries include 27 from Bontoc, 2 from Sabangan and 4 from Sadanga.

In an interview with Janus Piluden, Trade and Industry Development Analyst and Program Coordinator for LSP-NSB and PPG, he said that LSP-NSB beneficiaries’ livelihood kits amounts to P5,000.00 to P8,000.00 while PPG beneficiaries’ livelihood kits amounts to P5,000.00 to P10,000.00 .

Piluden further told that the components contained in the kits for both programs depends upon the needs identification and the nature of the business ventures the beneficiaries are engaged to.

According to him, recipients have undergone series of business counselling sessions which helped them in identifying such needs.

“The kit components may either be equipment or facilities or tools (pwedeng ovens, or any other food processing or baking tools and equipment), or inventories (additional sari-sari store items), or raw materials still for processing, or other business support items like feeds for those engaged in agricultural-based businesses, or a combination of a few of all of the above mentioned component types,” Piluden said.

As for identification of the beneficiaries, DTI identified specific barangays coming from the 3rd to 6th class municipalities in the province for the LSP-NSB.

DTI personnel and barangay officials in identified barangays then enjoined in the selection of recipients within their jurisdiction.

For PPG beneficiaries, prioritized individuals were business owners who are affected by fire or any other man-made or natural disasters and calamities, residents of ELCAC barangays, former rebels or returning rebels who want to establish their businesses and, other sectors which include OFW, WIA-KIA, IP, Youth, and PWDs who are engaged in any legitimate business ventures.

Piluden during the interview encouraged the recipients to continue nurturing the "seeds" provided to them. He advised them to make their businesses foster not only for themselves but for the development of their respective communities.

PPG AND LSP- NSP according to Piluden was launched this year which aims to provide support to qualified individuals and microenterprises affected by man-made and natural calamities.

As of this writing, DTI-Mountain Province has already awarded livelihood kits to 134 beneficiaries for LSP-NSB and 94 beneficiaries for the PPG program.



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