P13M livelihood projects released to DavSur residents

By Carina L. Cayon

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur – More than 10,000 residents in the province have benefited from the various livelihood projects amounting to almost P13 million that the provincial government released from 2008 to 2011.

From the 2008-2011 report of provincial livelihood coordinator Jeremias P. Rebuyon, a total of P12,918,380 worth of livelihood assistance were provided to 10,864 beneficiaries from 70 barangay local government units and community organizations across Davao del Sur.

Rebuyon’s report listed animal dispersal and micro-financing as the most utilized projects.

He reported that the provincial government has released last year a total of P1.035 million for 211 beneficiaries who ventured into goat, swine and carabao dispersal, photocopying, micro-lending and sugar trading.

The provincial livelihood office has also recorded in 2009, 1,038 recipients of the livelihood financial assistance worth P2,774,380. The beneficiaries came from 29 barangays and people’s organizations.

In 2008, Rebuyon reported 32 organizations with 9,502 beneficiaries from different municipalities were provided with a total of P7.836 million for projects such as goat, swine and carabao dispersal, micro-financing, meat shop and mini store, bag weaving and agri-feeds.

For this year, Rebuyon has a list of four barangay LGUs and two community groups with 113 beneficiaries who have availed of livelihood projects which amounted to P1.273 million.

Nilda Aniñon, provincial information officer, said the livelihood projects were part of the I-HELP program which she said is the core program of Governor Douglas Ra Cagas for the province.

Aniñon said I-HELP which stands for infrastructures, health, education, livelihood and peace and order started in 2007.

She stated that Cagas intends to improve and expand I-HELP into I-HELP Plus, Plus, Plus to include other programs like tourism, agriculture and housing as part of the priorities in the province for his second term.

According to Aniñon, the governor is molding Davao del Sur to be an agro-industrial, commercial and eco-tourism area in the country. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)


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