Ifugao youth group ventures in bread making
by Dan B. Codamon
ASIPULO,Ifugao (29 September) -- Rather than waste their time loitering or lying idle, a youth organization of a poor barangay in this municipality ventured into bread making in order to earn income.
The project called "Bread Making cum Bookkeeping and Accounting" was made possible through the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) under its Promotion of Rural Employment through Self-employment and Entrepreneurship Development (PRESEED) program.
The beneficiary is the youth group of Barangay Panubtuban called the Panubtuban Young Movers Catholic Association (PYMCA) registered with the DOLE. They have started the business by using the P92,000 financial aid given them.
Panubtuban is one of the top five densely populated barangay of this town with 886 population or 150 households. Although accessible by any means of transportation and electrified, the major source of living of the people is farming that many who are in the working age bracket look for work in other nearby provinces or other countries for greener pastures.
The idea of creating a breadmaking as a hometown industry came about when some members and officers of the PYMCA conducted an initial assessment within the barangay on what income generating activity could they engage in to make their time and effort worthwhile.
Based on their assessment, there is demand for bakery products which tends to increase during community and church activities. But bakery goods are bought from the towns of Lagawe or Kiangan.
The group saw this as an opportunity to explore while there are no bakery shops in the area yet.
But they are hard up due to lack of capital for the purchase of the necessary equipment, tools and raw materials for its operation. Fortunately, DOLE was able to provide this need together with the support and assistance of the Municipal Government of Asipulo and its Catholic Parish that the group has now started its operation.
The PYMCA promised to maintain and sustain this entrepreneurial activity in order that it can help in the economic development of the community by increasing the income of its members and to create some employment opportunities. (PIA Ifugao) [top]