Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. turns-over the check to Brgy. Igbarawan Kag. Mariquita O. Zaragosa for the livelihood project of member-beneficiaries of Igbarawan Farmers and Irrigators Association. (Photo courtesy of RTVM)
The financial assistance was intended to provide additional sources of income to 56 identified member-beneficiaries of Igbarawan Farmers and Irrigators Association in the municipality of Patnongon. Most of the beneficiaries are marginalized farmers, women, senior citizens, indigenous people, out-of-school youth and displaced workers.
“Aside from its commitment to the workers in the formal sector, the Department of Labor and Employment is also looking after the welfare of workers from the informal sector. We provide livelihood projects under our Kabuhayan program to augment their insufficient sources of income,” said DOLE Antique FO Head Ms. Carmela M. Abellar.
The poultry egg production is a group-managed project of the barangay to be co-managed by Igbarawan Farmers and Irrigators Association which hoped to supply the poultry demand of its residents and its neighboring barangays and to provide extra income to the beneficiaries to support the basic needs of their respective families.
“We want to assist livelihood projects that can easily generate income for the beneficiaries on a daily basis and this egg production project is an ideal one,” Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. said. “We are honored that President Marcos himself turned over the check to the beneficiaries.”
The presence of sari-sari stores, bakeshops, consumer and grocery stores in the developing town of Patnongon greatly encouraged beneficiaries to engage in this type of project.
Barangay Igbarawan officials are positive that the livelihood project will prosper given its sure market. Dairy products which includes eggs are always part of the Filipino meal especially during breakfast and it’s the most affordable and available item in the market.