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CHARMP2 transfers 350K to Atok folks

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o financially assist their agriculture-based businesses, the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) transferred P350, 000.00 Livelihood Assistance Fund (LAF) to five Livelihood Interest Groups (LIGs) in Atok, Benguet on June 10, 2016. This is after they have satisfactorily passed the LAF assessment conducted earlier this year by the LAF Assessment Team composed of the provincial and municipal planning and development coordinators, veterinarians and agriculturists including partner community financing institution and provincial coordination officers.

 

“This is very helpful to us in sustaining our business on swine fattening and that we will continue this good business that we have started,” remarked Ms. Ursula Kisem, president of the Abiang Women’s Federation, Inc.

 

The LIGs namely Abiang Livelihood Association (P50,000), Abiang Women’s Organization, Inc. (P50,000), Cattubo Organic Producers Association (P100,000), Balangabang Multi Color Flowers Association (P50,000), and Balangbang Beckes Tagpilay Community Association (P50,000) focuses on swine fattening and marketing, organic vegetable production, buy and sell of farm inputs in line with Good Agricultural Practices or GAP, consolidation and marketing of cut flowers, and buy and sell of rice among others.

 

“Farmers are not limited to production only. They can venture into business just like any others. However, most farmers do not have enough capital to do so, thus, the provision of LAF to support them in pursuing their agriculture-based businesses,” said Project Manager Cameron Odsey.

 

It was recalled that the LIGs received the same amount of LAF in a form of loan one year ago to prepare them and assess their capacity and ability to utilize it in accordance with their proposed and approved business plans. Those who passed the assessment are entitled to LAF, this time, as grant.

 

The LIGs are expected to utilize the downloaded financial assistance based on their approved enhanced business plans and push for its sustainability noting that the Project will end this year. To attain this, the municipal local government unit through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMAg) committed their support particularly on technical assistance. They will be creating a monitoring team who will be responsible in monitoring the activities of the LIGs. Quarterly accomplishment reports will also be submitted by the LIGs to the Project and OMAg to track their ongoing activities and accomplishments. Atok Municipal Agriculture Officer Ms. Cherry Sano explained that the quarterly reports are very important because it reflects the LIG’s track of records. Those with good track of records may avail of financial assistance from the LGU or may be linked to other agencies like DTI and DOST for further assistance.

 

“The amount doesn’t matter, it is how it was used,” said Dr. Leonora Verzola, Agriculture Agribusiness and Income Generating Activities Coordinator.

 

On the other hand, the LIGs shared that they were empowered and capacitated in properly utilizing the money through their involvement in trainings and seminars like bookkeeping organized by the Project.

 

To date, a total of P600, 000.00 LAF was transferred already to nine LIGs in Atok, Benguet. //Janice B. Agrifino

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