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MP LAF turnover august 2017

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ight livelihood interest groups (LIGs) from Mt. Province received their livelihood assistance today, (August 1, 2017) during a livelihood assistance fund (LAF) turn-over ceremony held at the Provincial Coordinating Office in Bontoc, Mt. Province. The interest groups came from the municipality of Bauko (2), Besao (2), Sabangan (2) and Sadanga (2).

The turn-over ceremony was spearheaded by Hon. Johnson Bantog II, Municipal Mayor of Besao, Project Manager Cameron P. Odsey, and Provincial Coordination Officer Beverly Pekas. Present also were the Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Ms. Jane Tumapang, Municipal Agriculturist from the four municipalities and the LIGs Community Financial Institution Managers. Hon. Mayors from Bauko, Sabangan and Sadanga were not able to attend the said event because they have prior engagements.

During the turn-over ceremony, Mayor Bantog encouraged the LIG members to manage their businesses well to make way for a good future not only for their sons and daughters but for the next generations as well. Mayor Bantogs’ statement was supported by Ms. Josefa Lino, Cashier of the MSL Credit Cooperative by stating that “esten tako san business para esnan aanak tayo.”

Further, Mayor Bantog reiterated the need for the LIGs to use the money wisely. He added that the assistance given must not be received and treated as a thank you gift since it was given to them in cash.

Engr. Beverly Pekas also inspired the LIG members to should strive hard so that they will succeed in their chosen businesses.

Dr. Dam-ay Guinayen, Besao Municipal Agriculturist also encouraged and added that the interest groups must do what they must do so that their business can generate more income and execute and follow what was written in their business plans and stay committed to the memorandum of agreement.

Ms. Lilian Beswilan, Manager of the Besao Multi-purpose Cooperative also reminded the LIGs to continue the partnership between them, their CFIs and the Project. She also encouraged the members should strive and improve their skills and products.

Project Manager Odsey also directed his message to the LIGs stressing that their business must benefit primarily the members of their group/association since the project is programmed to help the farmers and provide alternate income generating activities to help provide for their needs. He then encouraged the LIGs to hone their skills and their products so that they will be prepared for the ASEAN integration and so that their products will be at par with the product from our neighboring countries.//mjmaguide

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