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PIA Press Release
2006/10/04

Women augment family income thru LGU livelihood program

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (4 October) -- Most women in President Roxas, Capiz are now enjoying livelihood assistance and opportunities from the local government unit of said town.

Mayor Raymund Locsin disclosed that some P1.5 million is being accounted now as an estimated revolving fund to support the livelihood programs for women in the various barangays of said town.

Locsin said that at present more than 1,000 women in his town have availed of said assistance to augment the family income of his constituents. He added that they have adopted the Self-Employment Assistance sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) scheme to ensure the return on investment.

He explained that the amount paid by the women’s groups are again utilized to expand the coverage of the target beneficiaries.

According to Locsin, who is now on his last term, the livelihood assistance for women now covers 22 groups with P3,000.00 assistance per group.

To ensure that the capital will be used to augment the family income, they were able to tap partner government agencies, like the Department of Trade and Industry, Agricultural Training Institute and other line agencies, to provide capability training and technical assistance to target program beneficiaries.

In particular, Locsin said that they were able to train said beneficiaries with inputs on food processing.

Locsin said that aside from the livelihood assistance for women, they have also designed similar opportunities for men.

According to him, they were able to organize the seven Barangay Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (BFARM-C) with an initial investment of P10,000.00 per group.

Locsin claimed that while the national government is trying to work out for the stability of the country’s economy, the local government of his town is likewise focusing on alternative programs for food security, livelihood opportunities and economic growth at the community level. (PIA) [top]

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