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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

P2.9M livelihood assistance awarded to 8 Tinglayan organizations

Tinglayan, Kalinga – Eight various organizations in Tinglayan with a total of 202 members received on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, cheques amounting to P2.9 million as livelihood assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Said assistance was funded by the Office of the President through the request of the Local Government Unit (LGU Tinglayan) headed by Municipal Mayor Sacrament Gumilab to the office of Senator Bong Go.

Organizations that were granted assistance include Inchasan organization, Ilu-ong Manababhujug Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA), and Barangay Ambato Leg-leg Indigenous Organization, which were granted each an amount of P450, 000.

Buscalan Christian Association also benefited from the program receiving P400,000, Manchara Ifangao SLPA with P220,000, Ihuthut Manpapanchay SLPA with 300,000, Bugnay Farmer’s Development and Livelihood Association with P330,000, and Poblacion Beekeeper SLPA with P300,000.

These organizations, according to Provincial Coordinator/ SWAD Team Leader Macfarlyne Bumosao, are involved in livelihood activities such as beekeeping, blacksmith, rice mill operation, egg production, and grocery operation.

Bumosao disclosed that the amount of received assistance by the association varies depending on the project proposal they submitted. In the proposal, Bumosao said that there are breakdowns such as the number of materials, cost of labor, among others.

Aside from said groups, another five organizations are expected to receive their assistance next week, which totals to P2.1 million.

Organizations will undergo training

Further, Bumosao relayed that they will give additional assistance, such as trainings to ensure the success of the projects granted.

“Iti training, daytuy bugnay farmers ti i-tap tayu nga agency ket DA, ken nu regarding bookkeeping ken financial management, from DTI or PCEDO. Mabalin met lang dagituy staff tayu, mabalin da nga agsuru kadagituy associations tayu regarding micro-enterprise development training,” Bumosao said.

For the group involved in blacksmith, a private trainer shall be invited while the Department of Trade and Industry will be tapped to give lectures for those who are involved in rice mill and grocery operations.

Monitoring of Projects

To ensure that said projects are properly implemented, Bumosao said that they shall monitor the organizations every three months or four times a year.

“Ti monitoring na daytuy nga association with our partners, dagituy MSWD staff ken dagiti partners tayu met lang iti barangay, datayu iti ag-monitor for two years, every three months ti monitoring,” Bumosao said.

“Apan mi kitaen with our partners nu anya met iti status na kasi ti number one ket nu manu ti na-gain da within that three months, ken kitaen mi met lang nu masus-sustain kasi in a period of 1 year, mamin uppat da a ma-monitor, so nu nalpas diay 2 years ket makita mi a successful diay project, mabalin mi suda nga ibbatan ken iyaramidan mi isuda iti success stories,” he added.

If problems will be encountered during the monitoring, the SWAD officer committed that they shall provide technical assistance to the organization.

During the Awarding of Cheques

In his speech during the awarding of the grants, Mayor Gumilab expressed his gratitude to Senator Go for granting their request and SWAD office – Kalinga for their efforts in processing the needed documents to ensure that the projects will reach the yTinglayans.

He emphasized that the livelihood grant given showed that the local government unit is not merely focusing on infrastructures and clean and green programs but also in aspects that will help alleviate people of Tinglayan from poverty, hence the request to the office of Senator Bong Go which was also immediately granted.

He explained that he chose to request the livelihood grant since this will benefit groups and not just individual persons to further benefit the community as a whole.

He also cited the proverb, ‘Give a man a fish and he will have a fish for a day. Teach him how to catch a fish and he will have a fish for the rest of his life’ to further explain his side in choosing the livelihood assistance.

Present during the awarding are the personnel of LGU Tinglayan, representatives of the President and Bong Go's Office, Mr. Averille Acuat, and staff from the DSWD.

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