October 9, 2018, Filed under In Focus




LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – “Alagaan niyo po ang inyong negosyo at ang inyong kalusugan nang makatulong kayo sa inyong pamilya dahil ‘yan po ang buhay ng programang ito.”

This was bared by Governor Amado I. Espino, III as he led the awarding of Php5.865 million financial grant to 35 cooperatives and associations and six micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) Restaurant on September 25.

Elated with the high repayment rate, Governor Espino expressed his appreciation for the unwavering support of the beneficiaries to the Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) and vowed to sustain the assistance program.

As such, the governor said that from the maximum loan amount of Php250,000 every cycle, the provincial government can double it up to Php500,000 or more with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) as partner.

It was noted that under Governor Espino’s stint, renewal cycle has also increased to eight cycles from the usual three cycles.

The provincial chief executive was assisted by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., Provincial Population Officer (PPO) Ellsworth G. Gonzales and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Emilio P. Samson, Jr. in handing over the loan assistance to the fifth batch livelihood of beneficiaries for curriculum year 2018.

The fifth batch of LAP this year, aiding a total of 1,124 beneficiaries, is joined by ten new recipient groups, and three new recipient MSMEs.

Fifth batch of LAP beneficiary groups this year, includes ten new organizations, such as: PINACC Irrigators Association (Sta. Maria), Baluyot KALIPI Women’s Association (Bautista), Sinabaan KALIPI Women’s Association (Bautista), Taloy Guilig Women and Farmers Agrarian Reform Cooperative (San Fabian), Burgos KALIPI Association (Mangatarem), Tagac KALIPI Association (Mangatarem), Bogtong Niog KALIPI Association (Mangatarem), Malimpin Farmers Agriculture Cooperative (Dasol), Ilio-ilio Farmers and Fisherfolks Agriculture Cooperative (Burgos) and Dorcas MPC (Bugallon.)

New MSME beneficiaries are the following: RJ Grace Farm (Umingan), Gelay Eatery (Anda) and Ramirez Kakanin and Party Foods (Laoac).

Meanwhile, the remaining groups are now on their 2nd, 3rd 4th, 5th and 6th cycle.

Since October 2008 when the LAP was introduced under the watch of former governor and now 5th district representative Amado T. Espino, Jr., the said program has already released Php120,442,650 million total amount.

/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman




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