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DOLE-1 infuses P1-M worth of livelihood assistance to Bauang, La Union’s carabao-based enterprise


 Bottom-up Budgeting

DOLE-1 infuses P1-M worth of livelihood assistance to Bauang, La Union’s carabao-based enterprise 

Regional Director Grace Ursua recently handed a check worth P1 million to Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin de Guzman to fund a carabao-based enterprise for farmers in the town of Bauang, La Union. 

The assistance is already the third which was awarded by the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1 to the local government unit under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB). 

The project, which is in its phase 1, involves the acquisition of 20 female carabaos for the 45 members of the Bauang Dairy Farmers Association (BDFA) for their dairy production project.  

“I laud the whole LGU of Bauang for our continuing partnership under the BUB.  This means more and more vulnerable sectors are being empowered and made partners of the government in its anti-poverty and employment creation goals,” Director Ursua said. 

She recalled that Bauang was the pilot area for the DOLE BUB, earning it a citation from the DILG for being the only agency to implement a BUB project in fiscal year 2013. 

“The whole DOLE-La Union Field Office led by Ms. Agnes Aguinaldo deserves a commendation for their unfailing commitment to our mandate under the BUB,” the regional director said. 

In sum, the DOLE-1 has already released P2 million in livelihood assistance to Bauang under the BUB for 242 farmers, ambulant vendors, fisherfolk and home-based workers. 

For the latest project, the P1-M assistance will be used for the purchase of 20 buffalos.  The LGU will shoulder P250-K for the purchase of grass chopper machines; for its 20% share in the beneficiaries’ SSS coverage and training costs.  The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) will provide P70-K for hands-on coaching, social preparation and training on dairy management.  The agency also pledged to provide free enhancement trainings on milk processing, proper hygiene and sanitation and to assist trained association members and the municipal agriculturist in conducting artificial insemination to purebred carabaos. The beneficiaries will shoulder P605,280 for the animals’ housing. 

“My challenge for you is to manage the project well such that in the near future, Bauang will be known not only as the ‘fruit basket of the north’, but also the first ever carabao dairy producer in La Union,” Director Ursua told the beneficiaries. 

Aside from dairy products, the beneficiary association plans to venture into the selling of male carabaos and carabao meat.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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