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Hungduan LIGs receive 600K from CHARMP2

 LAF transfer IFUGAO

The wait is finally over.


Eight Livelihood Interest Groups (LIGs) in Hungduan, Ifugao received P600,000.00 Livelihood Assistance Fund (LAF) from the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) last June 16 to maintain their livelihood businesses.


The LAF beneficiaries are from barangays Bokiawan, Bangbang, Lubo-ong and Maggok, the latter being the farthest community. They are Bangbang Farmers and Irrigators Association (100,000), Polod Women’s Organization (50,000), Bokiawan Ginger Producers and Marketing Organization (100,000), Lubo-ong Bimmoble Organization (100,000), Lubo-ong Women’s Organization (50,000), Mt. Polis Farmers Organization (50,000), Maggok Women Food Processing Organization (50,000) and Maggok Winged Bean Producers Association (100,000). All are registered in the Department of Labor and Employment.

 

“Haan nga agpatingga ti panagyaman mi iti CHARMP2 ken LGU nga naanus nga tinmultulong kadakami. Itultuloy mi nga papintasen ti business mi tapnu dumakdakkel ken agmultiply pay jay LAF nga inted yo (Our gratitude is unceasing to CHARMP2 and LGU for patiently extending their helping hands. We will continue to improve our business so that the LAF will increase and multiply),” expressed Ms. Jennifer Yogyog, president of the Polod Women’s Organization. 

 

It was recalled that the LIGs have 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 to their proposed and approved business plans. Those who passed the LAF assessment conducted after one year of LAF operation are entitled to the LAF transfer, this time, as grant.

 

Presidents of the livelihood groups have pledged to lead the group in the best of their capacity and ability to successfully implement their approved Business Plans while aiming to attain the LAF’s purpose which is to improve their economic lives and sustain their farming activities.

 

On the other hand, the local government unit of Hungduan and its public officials showed their support and commitment to the ongoing activities of the LIGs in the four CHARMP2 covered barangays. Even before the downloading of LAF, the Hungduan LGU through the Municipal Agriculture Office has designated one Agriculturist Technician per barangay to monitor and provide technical assistance to the organized farmer groups. Recently, the DA-CHARMP2, Hungduan LGU and the LIGs signed a Memorandum of Agreement wherein individual roles and responsibilities are stated to ensure the sustainability of the LIG activities particularly their agriculture-based businesses.

 

The eight LIGs are the first batch of LAF beneficiaries to receive their LAF transfer for the province of Ifugao.// Janice B. Agrifino

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