Issue of June 21, 2020
     
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DTI opens livelihood program focused on marginalized grps
by Press release

The Department of Trade and Industry is now rolling out a program for those engaged in sari-sari stores, manicure/pedicure and barber/haircut shops, taho selling, carinderia, street food selling, and cellphone loading.

DTI-Cordillera Director Myrna Pablo who chairs the Sectoral Committee on Economic Development of the Regional Development Council presented the “Livelihood Seeding Program-Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay” (LSP-NSB) that provides livelihood kits to barangays affected by disasters, bankrupted enterprises, and Local Communist Armed Conflict (LCAC).

Pablo said the LSP-NSB provides training and livelihood kits but these may vary depending on the needs of the affected localities or the type of disasters that occurred.

Beneficiaries may be classified as marginalized sectors, indigenous peoples, person with disability, the youth, bankrupted enterprises, stricken by man-made calamities/extreme weather events, rebel returnees, drug rehabilitated individuals, and cases that DTI considers appropriate.

For the Cordillera, the target number of barangays to be covered for 2020 is 209 as per guidelines with five micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs per barangay.

Each recipient will be provided with livelihood kit ranging from P5,000 to P8,000.

In Sabangan, Mountain Province, five LSP-NSB kits were awarded to beneficiaries from three barangays to sustain their ventures and economic activities.

Baking kits with ovens, pans, and electric mixers were awarded to beneficiaries from Barangay Tambingan and a physically challenged woman from Barangay Namatec received a sari-sari store package for the improvement of her store.

Sabagan Mayor Marcial Lawilao also presented the LGU’s investment plan on coffee production and processing for Sabangan.

In Barlig, beneficiaries also received their LSP kits from DTI Mountain Province as part of the effort to double entrepreneurial ventures in the grassroots areas and create employment opportunities even in the most far-flung areas in the country.

Mary Jane S. Espilan, a PWD single-mother who owns a sari-sari store, was provided a livelihood kit consisting of canned goods, sugar, salt, instant noodles, and other similar items amounting to P8,000. Fatima P. Manongyao, a senior citizen, was also provided with an equal amount of sari-sari store livelihood kit.

Of the four barangays of Mountain Province, seven kits were awarded on June 16 amounting to P56,000.

For the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa program, 60 livelihood kits were awarded to 60 beneficiaries in the 12 barangays of Abra amounting to P600,000 and 21 beneficiaries of livelihood kits from five barangays in Kalinga worth P210,000 were also released on June 16.

In Ifugao, a meeting with the beneficiaries of the Negosyo Sa Barangay-Livelihood Seeding Program from Lagawe and Kiangan was held at the DTI-Ifugao Office prior to the awarding of their livelihood kits amounting to P8,000 each.

DTI-Ifugao Provincial Director Valentin Baguidudol explained to the beneficiaries the nature of the LSP-NSB program and how the livelihood kits should help them recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.


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