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Livelihood projects benefit more households

by Juliet B. Saley

Bontoc, Mt. Province (27 June) -- To help improve the living condition of the marginalized families in the province, and in support to President Arroyo's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP), the provincial government has provided funds for various livelihood projects qualified organizations.

A total amount of P875,508.00 was allotted for the livelihood project s in this province with 290 households as original beneficiaries, 66 of which engaged in goat raising, 174 engaged in hog raising, 33 household engaged in duck raising and 17 in cattle raising.

Since not all members of the organizations benefited during the distribution, a re-dispersal scheme of the project shall be done by the organizations to the other members to have access of the program.

Ms. Evelyn Payacda of the Provincial Governor's Office said some of the original beneficiaries have already re-dispersed to the second in line beneficiaries wherein 14 heads of goats were re-dispersed to 14 households; 30 heads of piglets to 30 households; and 104 heads of ducklings to 21 households, for a total of 88 households beneficiaries for the second in line.

Other livelihood projects funded are the Blacksmith and Iron Works in Sadanga which received P100,000.00. The organization is successfully operating and was able to produce various agricultural tools that were sold in and outside the province.

The Balangao Women's organization of Natonin was given one sewing machine and one zigzag machines worth P10,000.00 each.

For the vegetable production, the Bauko vegetable farmers were given P20,000 which they have implemented in 2007 and are successful. They were able to roll over to other seven farmers while the Paracelis farmers who received P10,000 have implemented the project last December; and the winery production was given a fund of P40,000.

The successful implementation of these projects was due to the strict monitoring of the projects jointly being conducted by the staff of the Municipal Agriculturist where the project is implemented and Payacda, who is in-charge of the project. (PIA MP) [top]

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