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PIA Press Release
2007/04/28

CODA conducts capability trainings for LGUs

Tuguegarao City (April 28) -- The municipalities of Cabagan, Isabela and Buguey, Cagayan were chosen by Committee on Development Assistance(CODA) as pilot areas for the Development Assistance Project. These towns were beneficiaries of capability building trainings from CODA under the Regional Development Council.

The CODA is composed of a multi-sectoral group from government and private entities with the DILG as chair, launched the project 3 years ago aimed to assist LGUs become development oriented.

The recipient LGUs are empowered through advocacy, trainings and seminars on capability to equip them with managerial skills, fiscal management, entrepreneurship, human resource development and mobilization and proper accounting and utilization of their resources.

Lilia Sarangay, Municipal Planning Development Officer of Cabagan said Barangay Lanao was chosen as pilot area for their livelihood project under the small scale business entrepreneur for unemployed housewives and women in the barangay.

The recipients received an initial capital ranging from P5,000 to P10,000 to start a business with no interest, payable in 6 months.

The beneficiaries ventured into sari-sari store, carinderia, ornamental plants, backyard vegetable gardening, sewing (curtains & bed covers) food preservation and processing projects using available raw materials in the locality.

Since the introduction of the project patterned after the Granil Scheme conducted by ISU Cabagan few years ago, there has been a great improvement in the lives of the beneficiaries.

Today, of the 26 barangays of Cabagan, 24 are recipients of similar livelihood projects.

On the other hand, Lilia Gacias, Local Treasury Operation Officer of BLGF-RO2 reported that their office also conducted trainings on how to properly implement laws and policies on local taxation.

This will help LGUs to generate taxes and increase collections for more development projects that will boost their local economic activities and sustain the anti-poverty program of government.

Meantime, Engr. Ramoncito Reginaldo, Sr. Economist & Development Specialist of NEDA office hopes that more municipalities will support and benefit from the CODA project in the future. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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