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16 poor families get pigs and chickens for livelihood

Tabuk City, Kalinga (1 May) -- A non-government organization (NGO) here helping poor families fight poverty through the provision of livelihood assistance, has extended its coverage to serve more indigent beneficiaries in the barangays.

The Tabuk Lumin-awaan Center (TLC), a community-based NGO run by the Social Action Center of the Vicariate of Tabuk, offered to neighbors of beneficiaries in remote barangay same services to also raise livestock.

According to Mary Elizabeth Gacuya, Center Superintendent of TLC, 16 pigs and 64 chickens were passed-on last 16 additional families in Malin-awa and Bado Dangwa, th xxxis City for them to produce food out of these domesticated animals being raised in their own backyard.

She said TLC's REINVENT project (revitalizing the environment through indigenous vantage enterprises) originally covered 66 families in said barangays. "These families have already raised more and gained from it out of their sale aside as a source of food," Gacuya said in an interview.

"Beneficiaries are obliged to plant camote and other source of food for the pigs," she said adding that the year-end evaluation will be done in June to check if the objectives of the project were attained. Before the termination of the project, a two-year monitoring period by the beneficiaries themselves is to be carried to ensure that the project is being sustained. Also being maintained is the Small Lending Groups (SLGs) in order to establish financial stability of family-beneficiaries even after the project has been terminated, Gacuya said.

On the other hand, Gacuya informed that 37 parents of sponsored groups under the Child Fund-Japan were recently trained on table soap making here at the Tabuk Pastoral Center. The participants learned how to make bath soap out of guava leaves and cooking oil, she said.

The sponsorship program is another program of TLC that grants scholarship to children of 100 poor families in Malin-awa. Two grantees graduated in college, one finished BS Math and the other Nursing. Next year, 2 others are also expected to graduate. Privileges given are free tuition fee and allowance.

This week, children in these covered barangays will undergo value formation seminar to prepare them of their responsibility in community building, Gacuya said. (PIA) [top]

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