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CHARMP2 transfers 500k LAF to 7 LIGs in Buguias, Benguet

LAF transfer Buguias LIGs

Buguias, Benguet – Following the conduct of an assessment this year, the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) transferred a total of Php500, 000.00 Livelihood Assistance Fund (LAF) to seven Livelihood Interest Groups (LIGs) in barangays Amlimay, Catlubong and Bangao, Buguias on May 5, 2016.
The assessment aimed to determine the LIGs’ performance in managing and utilizing their LAF, loaned for one year, in accordance to their business plans. Those groups who passed the LAF assessment will be receiving their LAF not as loan again but as a grant to pursue their proposed and approved business plans for the next cycle. It will no longer be coursed through a Community Financing Institution (CFI) but given directly to them. However, the beneficiaries are required to submit their quarterly accomplishment reports to the Project and the LGU through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist.
Project Manager Cameron P. Odsey noted that there is no reason why the LIGs may not be able to excel in their businesses since all possible intervention were provided to them to succeed in their ventures. These include learning visits, techno-demo, farmers business school, book keeping and other related trainings.
The seven LIGs are: Amlimay Camote Producers Association (Php100,000); Amlimay Waterworks and Sanitation Association (Php50,000); Catlubong Ladies Association (Php50,000); Catlubong Camote Growers Association (Php100,000); Ponopon Farmers Association (Php50,000); Bolinaca Agapay Farmers Consumers Cooperative (Php50,000), and Bangao Gabi Growers Association (Php100,000). Business of other LIGs include Rice buy and sell; Piglet, feeds, vitamins and dewormers buy and sell Consolidation, processing and marketing of sweet potato and other chemical-free agricultural products like squash, gabi and pechay; White chicken (BCull) raising and marketing, and Buy and sell of farm inputs in line with Good Agricultural Practices like foliar fertilizers. The Amlimay Camote Producers Association got the highest LAF assessment rate of 94%.
Nu haan mi nga tinakderan ti by-laws mi idi, baka haan kami nga matransferran tadta ti LAF (We may not be included in the LAF transfer if we did not strongly abide by our by-laws),” expressed Ms. Grace Tonton, President of the Amlimay Camote Producers Association.
The LIGs also committed to follow their business plans, abide by their agreed policies and by-laws, and help one another in order to ensure the proper management of LAF envisioned to increase their family incomes. “Ipapati mi ay amagen din inpeey mi sin Business Plans mi ken mantitinnulong kami ay miyembro ta mantultuloy nan indawat yo ay LAF ya mataptapian pay (We will strive to fulfill what we have written in our Business Plan and help one another so that the LAF will continue and increase),” Catlubong Camote Growers Association President Ms. Veronica Adiston committed.
Moreover, the Bad-ayan Buguias Development Multipurpose Cooperative or BaBuDeMCo who served as conduit of LAF also provided several trainings like strategic planning and trainer’s training to further strengthen and capacitate the LIGs in manning their business and organization. BaBuDeMCo Manager Ms. Conchita Ignacio commended the LIGs of their eagerness to learn and encouraged them to pursue their business plans for they are pro-health and pro-environment.
Monitoring of LIGs by the barangay and municipal LGU through the OMAg will also be conducted to ensure that their businesses are implemented accordingly. The OMAg has already committed one of their staff to help in the monitoring and supervision of LIG activities in Buguias.//Janice B.Agrifino
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