VIGAN CITY (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently provided livelihood assistance to 10 newly-organized associations from communities in Ilocos Sur which were declared cleared of the influence of Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs).
Through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), each association received P300,000 cash assistance as start-up capital for their chosen livelihood project.
The DSWD, Philippine Army, provincial government and the local government units worked together to conduct the activity as members of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), which aims to provide access to economic and livelihood opportunities among individuals or communities affected by CTGs.
Josephine Cortel, president of Rang-ay Lanipao SLP association, expressed her gratitude to the DSWD, provincial government and the Army for their concerted efforts in order to empower the community through livelihood assistance.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa DSWD, sa provincial government, at sa 71st Infantry Battalion sa pagpapaabot po ninyo ng serbisyo ng gobyerno sa amin. Napakalaking tulong po itong ipinagkaloob ninyong pangkabuhayan sa amin upang hindi kami mawalay at maligaw ng landas at suportahan ang ating gobyerno,” she said.
With the evident whole-of-nation approach of the government agencies and offices, Governor Jeremias Singson expressed his sincere gratitude to the DSWD, Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion and other government agencies for the continuous delivery of government services to former CTG-affected barangays.
“Bilang ama ng probinsya ng Ilocos Sur, lubos ang aking pasasalamat sa DSWD, Philippine Army at sa iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno sa kanilang sama-sama at walang humpay na pag-aabot ng serbisyo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Sa lahat ng oras, kahit may kalamidad man o wala, nariyan at nararamdaman natin lahat ang gobyerno sa pamamagitan ng mga ahensyang ito,” Singson said.
Said recipients are from nine barangays in the municipalities of Salcedo, Santa Lucia, Nagbukel, Narvacan and Santa Maria, which were recommended by the Army through its successful deployment of Community Support Program (CSP) teams. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ, PIA Ilocos Sur)