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Atok LIGs receive 650K LAF from CHARMP2

 

 Atok LAF turnover

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he Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) continues its ‘pangkabuhayan surge: promoting rural livelihoods’ initiative this year operating greater momentum and impact as activities move towards the fourth quarter. 


The Project through the Agriculture, Agribusiness and Income Generating Activities Component reported that 644 LIGs in the six provinces of Cordillera were able to set-up and/or enhance their livelihoods/group businesses through the livelihood assistance fund (LAF) provided by the Project.


In Benguet, another three LIGs from the municipality of Atok received Php650, 000.00 as financial assistance last September 9. The LIGs namely Abiang Community Multi-purpose Cooperative (ACMPC); Abiang, Lapog, Andiongan, Locot, Temtem, Angnat (ALALTA) Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc., and Atok Arabica Coffee Growers Marketing Cooperative (ACOGMAC) are based in Abiang and Caliking, Atok, respectively. ACMPC received Php100, 000, ALALTA is Php50, 000 while ACOGMAC, a municipal-wide cooperative, received Php500, 000. The amount was first offered as loan in 2014 to be paid after a year of business operation with the Atok Municipal Employees Multipurpose Cooperative as conduit. After a year of preparatory stage, they were assessed by the an assessment team composed of members from the staff of participating Local Government Units, Project Staff and partner Community Financing Institutions (CFI) with 75% and above as passing grade.


Atok LAF turnover“Sala-salamat iti daytoy ngay kwarta nga naiturn-over itadta. Ket I hope nga amin dagijay nga sem-seminar nga inat-atendaran mi ket mausar mi tapnu mapadakkel mi daytoy nga pondo ken masustenir mi ti business mi (We thank you for this fund turned – over today. I hope that all the seminars we have attended will be utilized to enable us to increase this fund and sustain our business),” expressed ACMPC President Luis Masiong. He said that through the LAF, they were able to consolidate and process more coffee beans from the barangay, produced both by members and non-members. 

 

Project Manager Dr. Cameron Odsey, on the other hand, emphasized that sustainability of the LIGs’ businesses should be ensured especially that the Project has already few months left to assist and coach them. He added that family support, supportive members, and collective decision-making are among the key points in sustaining their business and organization as a whole. “Dakkel ti role ti members nga mangmaintain ti kinaurnos ti organization tapnu masustain (Members play a vital role in maintaining peace within the organization towards its sustainability),” added Provincial Agriculturist  Lolita Bentres.

 

Out of the Php10, 370,000 total LAF loaned in the CHARM-covered municipalities of Benguet starting 2014, Atok with 19 LIGs received the highest LAF amounting to Php2, 150, 000. The amount was distributed per LIG depending on their proposed and approved business plans. //Janice B. Agrifino

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