August 4, 2018, Filed under In Focus

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Lingayen, Pangasinan — Governor Amado I. Espino, III led anew the awarding of Php5.75 million financial aid to 36 groups, and two Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), as part of the Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) of the provincial government.

Governor Espino was assisted by Provincial Population Officer Ellsworth Gonzales, and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emil Samson during the LAP awarding ceremony held at the Ricarfort Tee Restaurant, Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center on July 31.

The fourth batch of LAP beneficiary groups this year is joined by seven new recipient groups, and one new recipient MSME.

Since October 2008 when the LAP was introduced under the administration of former governor and now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr., the said program has already served 56 batches, releasing Php115,577,650 million total amount.

It was noted that LAP has a 95.7 re-payment rate, which means the money given to the beneficiary groups is religiously returned to the provincial government.

“Palakasin nyo pa ang inyong mga negosyo at gagawin namin sa provincial government ang aming makakaya para suportahan kayo,” said Gov. Espino, who disclosed a possible partnership with the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) to expand further the LAP.

He bared that from the Php250,000 maximum amount that a group can avail from the province every cycle — the province can increase the amount to Php500,000 or more, with LBP as partner.

Under the present administration, renewal cycle has also increased to eight cycles from the usual three cycles.

Fourth batch of LAP beneficiary groups this year, include seven new oganization, namely: Nagkaisang Magsasaka ng Urdaneta City, Inc., Nilombot Farmers’ Field School Association, Inc. – Mapandan, Alyansa, Bayanihan at Kapatiran Central Pangasinan Agriculture Coop. – Sta. Barbara, Magbayanihan Ladies Association, Inc. – San Fabian, Catungi Farmers Association – Bolinao, Maaliguas Farmers’ Association – Bayambang, Olo Credit Cooperative – Mangatarem.

New MSME beneficiary is Abe’s Mushroom Enterprises – Urdaneta City.

The other groups are on their 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th cycles of renewal.

/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca

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