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7 LIGs in Kalinga receives 500K livelihood grant from DA-CHARMP2

LAF grant Kalinga

Tinglayan, Kalinga – Seven livelihood interest groups (LIGs) located in Balbalan and Tinglayan, Kalinga received a total amount of Php600, 000.00 livelihood grant from the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2), a special project of DA-CAR, on Sept. 29 & 30, 2016. This livelihood assistance fund (LAF) will serve as seed capital of the seven CHARMP2-assisted LIGs for the continuation and maintenance of their enhanced business plans. These LIGs in Balbalan (2) and Tinglayan (5) are: Buaya Farmers Association-Timpuyog ti Sumasagad ti Barangay Buaya (50,000); Timpuyog ti Lallaki nga Agtaraken ti Baboy (100,000); BELMAFA Coffee Producers (50,000); Atanchan Heirloom Rice Farmers Association (100,000); KALIPI Legume Producers (50,000); Tulgao Rattan Weavers Group (50,000), and Unoy Rice Growers (100,000). AAIGA Coordinator Dr. Leonora K. Verzola emphasized that the livelihood assistance granted to the LIGs should increase and that it shall serve its purpose for the improvement of their source of income and lives as a whole. “We are all in this together so let us continue to help each other towards the very goal of this livelihood assistance – poverty alleviation,” she added. It was recalled that Kalinga became a recipient of CHARM only during its second phase. Phase one was centered to Benguet, Mountain Province and Abra. Hence, Balbalan Municipal Agriculturist Anita Caldingon encouraged the LIGs to value the amount for this a rare opportunity given to them. She assured them that an Agricultural Technician is assigned in their municipality to conduct monitoring of their LAF activities and to provide technical assistance which is also part of the project’s sustainability measures. “It is better that when we go there, we will see that you are still doing good,” remarked Ms. Caldingon. The LIGs also committed to utilize the money according to their business plans and do their best to make it grow. Michael Jake Dunas, president of the Timpuyog ti Sumasagad ti Barangay Buaya, shared that they have affiliated with the Cal-owan Tabagan Planters Association (CATAPA) which is a softbroom consolidator to ensure marketability of their finished products. They also promote ‘One Town, One Product’ through adapting the trademark of CATAPA for consistency given that it is very competitive in the market nowadays. The Association sells the consolidated products in government offices, in Baguio City and even Manila. A total amount of Php2, 050, 000.00 LAF was already transferred to 28 LIGs in the province as of September 30. There are a total of 66 CHARMP2-assisted livelihood groups in Kalinga. The remaining 37 LIGs are expected to receive their livelihood grants on or before December this year subject to the Project’s requirements and procedures.//Janice B. Agrifino
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