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In Ilocos Norte, DOLE-RO I extends P1.3-M livelihood grant to farmers’ groups

 

The DOLE-Regional Office I has recently awarded Marcos, a small landlocked municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, a total of P1,370,000 worth of livelihood assistance to boost the entrepreneurial activities of its farmer-beneficiaries. 

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the livelihood grant in the form of hand tractors with trailers and standard accessories will benefit 626 farmers from nine associations, particularly Agunit Multi-Purpose Cooperative; Ragas San Juan Farmers’ Association, Inc.; Cadaanan Tabucbuc Farmers’ Association, Inc.; Gunglo Cacafean Marcos Farmers’ Association, Inc.; Gunglo Valdez-Daquioag Farmers’ Association, Inc.; Gunglo Cabaritan Irrigators’ Association, Inc.; Daquioag Sitio Aguinaldo-Camangaan Farmers’ Association, Inc.; Ragas Gunglo Sta. Barbara Farmers’ Association, Inc., and San Carlos Ti Laud Farmers’ Association, Incorporated. 

“We hope that the farm equipment will translate to greater productivity, ease and income for our beneficiaries whose lifeblood is farming,” Director Lacambra said. 

The farm implements were turned over on October 20 at the municipality’s people’s center by Director Lacambra through the initiative of the DOLE-Ilocos Norte Field Office headed by Susan Maynes.  

The livelihood enhancement is under the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).  The DILEEP is the Department’s contribution to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and poverty reduction.  Subject to guidelines and requirements, the assistance is given to eligible vulnerable and marginalized workers as a grant for capacity building on livelihood and entrepreneurial undertakings.  

Mayor Antonio Mariano, who committed to provide P218,000 for the training expenses, received the equipment in the presence of the beneficiary-associations. 

He said the assistance will help uplift the living condition of the beneficiaries amid the pandemic wherein agriculture is among the worst hit sectors. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Leonavella Duldulao, DOLE-INFO

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2020-10-26
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