City of San Fernando, La Union (13 Sept. 2011) –Thirteen associations from the province of Pangasinan recently received capital assistance amounting to P1,434,630 from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1.

The livelihood assistance, which comes from the DOLE’s Kabuhayan Program, will be used for the establishment or enhancement of farming supplies stores which will be managed by the beneficiaries from the towns of Sta. Maria, Umingan and Rosales.

The 348 beneficiaries consider the projects to be viable business undertakings because farming is a major activity in their respective barangays.  “Through this project, we can help augment our family incomes,” said Araceli Pagaduan, the president of Samahan ng mga Kababaihan ng Paitan in Sta. Maria, Pangasinan.  She said the project will also help address the farmers’ problem on high prices of farm inputs.

Challenging the recipients to properly manage the projects, DOLE 1 director Henry John Jalbuena said the assistance is part of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz’s thrust of promoting employment among communities through the establishment of job-generating enterprises.

“In support to the anti-poverty drive of the Aquino administration, the DOLE implements the DOLE Kabuhayan Program which aims to create additional employment, provide skills and additional income especially to workers in the informal sector,” Jalbuena said.

The beneficiary associations were: Samahan ng mga Magbobote at Magbabakal ng Sta. Maria, Balikatan Para sa Kaunlaran, San Vicente Farmers Association, Baro a Namnama Rural Workers’ Association, Samahan ng mga Kababaihan ng Paitan, Annam Livelihood Program, Samahang Magbuburo ng Barat, Golden Star Business and Livelihood Association, Gonzales Livelihood Organization, Casanicolasan Neighborhood Association, D.V.A. Venpeda Vendors and Pedicab Association, Vendors and Pedicab Association and Tomana West Livelihood Organization.

The undertaking was done in partnership with the office of former congressman Conrado Estrella III. asv

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