Ex-rebels granted livelihood starter kits

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MALAYBALAY CITY (06 Dec 2020) – Five people’s organizations formerly affiliated with the communist movement received livelihood starter kits in Kibawe town, Dec. 4.

The recipient POs from Sampaguita, Kisawa, Cagawasan, Sanipon, and Pinamula barangays were granted support for different projects. One of them chose a starter kit for adlay farming, one for agrivet supply, one for sari-sari store, and two for rice trading.

The kits were under the Livelihood Seeding Program (LSP) - Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). A ceremony was held at the Covered Court of Brgy. East Kibawe to distribute Php 250,000 worth of starter kits.

DTI-10 director Linda Boniao, Kibawe mayor Reynaldo Ang Rabanes, and DTI-Bukidnon head Eriberto Taban-ud Jr. led the ceremony.

Boniao said the nationally-funded LSP-PPG program aims to support communities especially micro enterprises to resume their business after devastating fire incidents.

She added this also covered beneficiaries identified by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) pursuant to Executive Order No. 70 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Mayor Rabanes expressed his gratitude for this DTI kits and urged recipients to manage their projects wisely.

He said that a well-managed livelihood capital can grow and help contribute additional income to the group members’ families.

1st Lt. Rolando L. Alforque, commander of Alpha Company, 16th Infantry Battalion (16IB) of army’s 2nd Infantry Division (2ID) said the distributed livelihood starter kit is just some of the projects for the former members of Ugyon, one of the groups allegedly linked to communist movement in Bukidnon.

He urged the members of five POs not to give back their support to the communists.

Junar Merla, chief of DTI-Bukidnon’s business department division, said aside from Kibawe, they already have conducted entrepreneurship seminar and distributed livelihood starter kits to 52 barangays from 10 towns and two cities in the province as of Dec. 4.

They were from the towns of Talakag, Impasug-ong, Sumilao, Manolo Fortich, Maramag, Quezon, San Fernando, Cabanglasan, Kitaotao, Libona and the cities of Valencia and Malaybalay.

DTI first assessed the PO’s chosen project before the livelihood starter kit were distributed. The POs will also be monitored after six months of the release.

Kibawe is the last town to receive support this year. (Mel B. Madera)



IN PHOTO: Kibawe Mayor Reynaldo S. Ang Rabanes hands over AgriVet Supply Starter Kit to Kagawad Aida Andales, representative of the People’s Organization (PO) from Brgy. Cagawasan, Kibawe. With Mayor Rabanes is Linda O. Boniao, regional director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10; and Mr. Eriberto Taban-ud Jr., provincial director of DTI Bukidnon. (Photo by Mel Madera)

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