by Peter A. Balocnit / PIA
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Government frontliners tasked to provide livelihood and training to cooperatives and other organized groups have strengthened their convergence and will conduct visits to asses the impact of assistance extended.
In a recent meeting, members of the Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council reported their contributions on the development of groups and individuals who availed of financial assistance, machines and equipment, and capital provided by the lending center of Land Bank.
Arlene Oyando of the Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office reported they have conducted last year educational training to cooperatives and toured members to Bataan.
Juliana Aclam of the Office of the Provincial Agricultural Services also said they awarded machineries and equipment to seven farmers group through the P2.6 million fund provided by the Department of Agriculture-CAR, conducted two trainings to two Rural Improvement Clubs and awarded P14M, to five cooperatives under the Kalinga Integrated Coffee Processing and Marketing funded by the Philippine Rural Development Program.
Alfonso Berto of the Department of Science and Technology said 14 individuals engaged in manufacturing were assisted by infusing P12M, while five associations were extended P1.6M, all in the form of machine capital. The DOST also conducted 29 trainings.
Eduardo Tamayao of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also reported that they trained individuals planning to establish their own micro business and getting a job for their livelihood.
Imelda Polig of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Jocelyn Dumatog of the Department of Agrarian Reform shared they assisted numerous groups through trainings.
Janet Cession of the Provincial Social Welfare Office also said they assisted former rebels using funds from the Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process and the Department of the Interior and Local Government through the Bottom-Up-Budgeting procedure.
Grace Baluyan of the Department of Trade and Industry said the agency conducted 71 trainings and assisted 283 small medium enterprises and 98 exhibitors, which generated P206M in sales.