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PIA Press Release
2008/02/15

Gulayan beneficiaries get additional stuff

by L. Lopez

Tabuk City, Kalinga (15 February) -- Beneficiaries of the Gulayan Para sa Masa Program in the province get additional stuff in the form of assorted vegetable seeds, 1000 heads sasso range chicken and 80 heads of hybrid goat.

Provincial Agriculturist Gerry Jose said the livelihood stock will go to priority barangays identified as most malnourished.

This is part of the Hunger Mitigation and Poverty Alleviation Program, a flagship national campaign of government, spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture.

Last month, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III who was here for the Pamaskong Handog ni Pangulong Gloria distributed livelihood stuff to beneficiaries of the program.

Kalinga ranks as priority area in the Cordillera region under the Gulayan Program, when it posted as the most malnourished province in the previous survey conducted by the Department of Health.

The program, launched last year in the province now has major components on fisheries, livestock and high value crops.

After few months of implementation, Gulayan program was expanded to cover children in schools who are primary targets of the campaign on food production.This way, more families are reached out as represented by children enrolled in schools, with the concept sinking down to the grassroot.

The Provincial Agriculturist Office even conducted trainings on livestock management and entrepreneurial skills to enhance capability of beneficiaries who should venture into micro-business from the program.

As we provide them resources, we should also provide them capabilities so they engage in other activities to augment their sources of income, Jose said. (PIA Kalinga) [top]

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