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3 LIG beneficiaries recieve 200K livelihood assistance from CHARMP2

LAF transfer_PUDONG

Three livelihood interest groups (LIGs) of Pudong, Kapangan, Benguet received P200,000.00 livelihood assistance fund (LAF) as grant capital for their approved business plans from the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) on May 13.
The LIG beneficiaries are Pudong Cassava Growers Association (P100,000), Tadayan Small Farmers Association (P50,000) and Sayatan-Bacattey Farmers Association (P50,000). The Pudong Cassava Growers Association are engaged into cassava production, processing and marketing while the other two LIGs are engaged into micro lending for agricultural production like fertilizers and pesticides that are in line with Good Agricultural Practices or GAP. Their main commodities include sayote, beans, pipino, tomato and eggplant which are traded mostly in La Trinidad and Baguio City public markets.
“We are already into gardening but we have limited budget for farm inputs. Now, through the LAF, we have more income and the members became more industrious, thus, more farms are being cultivated,” narrated Mr. Hitler Ticuala, president of the Sayatan-Bacattey Farmers Association.
Prior to the provision of LAF, the LIGs were assessed to determine their performance in managing and utilizing their LAF, loaned for one year, in accordance to their business plans. The beneficiaries have committed to sustain the money entrusted to them hoping that it will be inherited by their children in the future. Moreover, the concerned municipal and barangay local government units will be creating a monitoring team to monitor the business operations and activities of the LIGs. Technical assistance, relevant trainings and assistance in coordinating with other agencies are also committed by the municipal LGU particularly the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist to ensure sustainability of said projects in the barangay.
Taba-ao Cuba Multipurpose Cooperative Manager Ms. Rosalie Dulay also encouraged the beneficiaries particularly the bookkeepers to learn more about book keeping and have a good track of records about their transactions to avoid problems that may arise in the future. “You have to understand that the money is meant for your livelihood purposes, thus, you have to use it appropriately and according to your approved business plans,” added Ms. Dulay.
On the other hand, operation and maintenance tools namely pipe wrench, pipe thredder and chain block with 5 tons capacity were also turned over to the Toplac Water System Association, Incorporated for their domestic water system project.//Janice Bugtong Agrifino
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