Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. and Tubungan Mayor Roquito G. Tacsagon (8th and 9th from left) lead in the turn-over of inputs to the beneficiaries. Also in photo are DOLE-Iloilo Field Office Head Melissa S. Navarra (in red), Supervising LEO Cecilia S. Acebuque (6th from left) and representatives from other partner agencies.
In its commitment as member of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC), the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 6 through its Iloilo Field Office released a Php2,000,000 worth of livelihood assistance to 4 associations in the municipality of Tubungan, Iloilo.
The beneficiaries are from 15 barangays in the Municipality of Tubungan, Iloilo which were cleared by the RTF-ELCAC.
The Cattle Fattening and Vegetable Production projects benefitted 200 individuals from the Marginalized Farmers Association, Tubungan Indigenous Peoples Business Association, Boloc Indigenous People Farmers Association, and Former Person Deprived of Liberty Association.
Forty-five (45) heads of livestock and 155 sets of vegetable production inputs were distributed to members of the associations who are marginalized farmers, indigenous people, rebel returnees, and senior citizens.
To realize the potentials of the project, DOLE and its partner agencies move a step further to maximize the beneficiaries’ productivity.
The local government unit of Tubungan in coordination with the Iloilo Provincial Agriculture Office and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board initiated the capability enhancement trainings on vegetable and cattle production and, entrepreneurship and productivity for persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).
Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr., lauded the Municipality of Tubungan for availing the DOLE’s livelihood programs, as well as the assistance provided by partner agencies such as the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Philippine Army, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“Convergence of various government agencies in the realization of programs and projects is essential to make you aware that the government is doing something to end poverty. Poverty makes us vulnerable to influences. But through this livelihood project, if sustained, you can be self-reliant and productive, not only for yourselves but also for your association and the community,” RD Rodriguez said emphasizing on the projects’ sustainability.
In support to the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict pursuant to Executive Order No. 70, the projects were realized to prioritize and harmonize the delivery of basic services and social development packages in conflict-affected areas and vulnerable communities, facilitate societal inclusivity, and ensure active participation of all sectors of society in the pursuit of the country’s peace agenda.