Issue of November 4, 2018

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Long-term livelihood offered to displaced Itogon residents
by PNA release

ITOGON, Benguet – Various government agencies are offering sustainable sources of livelihood to residents of this town who were displaced by the massive landslide that took the lives of many bsmall-scale miners here last September.

The National Food Authority-Benguet is encouraging the residents, especially in far-flung villages of this town, to sell NFA rice, so that lower-priced government rice will be accessible to the communities.

“They can open a bigasang bayan, or a community rice trading center, especially those who are in far-flung villages, so that they can sell NFA rice,” NFA-Benguet Provincial Manager Cecilia Concubierta said.

She urged the locals to submit their proposals for the opening of bigasang bayan for assessment during the Itogon Economic Forum organized by the Economic Sectoral Committee of the Cordillera Regional Development Council recently.

The NFA was among the agencies that offered long-term livelihood aid to the Itogon residents during the economic forum, where over a thousand residents came to avail themselves of the offers.

The NFA sold on that day 100 sacks of rice at P27 a kilo. Each family could buy up to five kilos each.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also offered free skills training to interested residents.

Tesda-Benguet Director David Bungallon said about P2.5 million was earmarked for the skills training of the displaced Itogon residents.

He said Tesda has started its one-month training for shielded metal arc welding, electrical installation and maintenance, carpentry, and masonry at the Itogon Training Center in Barangay Tuding. The second batch will start on Nov. 26, with 25 participants for each course.

He added the customer service skills training, which was implemented by the Forest House Assessment and Training Center, started on Oct. 10 with 60 participants.

Bungallon said Tesda will refer the trainees to partners and companies for employment, once they get their national certification that they can do their chosen jobs well.

The Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera also held a job fair during the economic forum.

The forum’s information officer, Patrick Rillorta, said 3,970 job vacancies, of which 2,280 were for overseas employment, and 1,690 for local employment, were offered to the residents.

Twelve companies and three manpower agencies offered the job vacancies. Fifty-four were hired-on-the-spot, of which 26 were for local employment and 28 for overseas jobs.

The Department of Trade and Industry also brought the Diskwento Caravan, where basic goods were sold by local partner, Tiong San Supermarket, at five to 10 percent discount.

The Department of Agriculture also set up a “TienDA” store and provided selling areas for various crops.

DTI-Cordillera Director Myrna Pablo said the event was an offshoot of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order for government agencies to converge and consolidate their efforts to aid the Itogon survivors.

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