December 4, 2022

BANGUED, Abra – The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera recently held a training 30 individuals in the province in line with the Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) program of the government.

DSWD-Cordillera BP2 focal person Christopher Daoayen said the participants are families who went back to the province after they were displaced of their work and their sources of livelihood were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

They are part of the 100 families in the region who were assessed and validated for the program and were endorsed to the DWSD central office.

Daoayen said under the DSWD’s BP2 program, they are “returned families” or those that did not pass through the BP2 process but went back to their respective provinces from Metro Manila and other cities.  

The participants from Bucay, Tineg, Tubo, and Villaviciosa were taught how to prepare a project proposal and how to do simple accounting and bookkeeping to prepare them prior to engaging in any business.

Among their proposed livelihood programs are the putting up of sari-sari stores, online selling, street food selling, and poultry production.

If approved, each recipient will be given a maximum of P50,000 as capital. The DSWD will monitor the progress of the livelihood projects through the conduct of family conference held every three months, said Daoayen.

During the training, a wife said the family lived in Metro Manila for 15 years but their source of livelihood was affected by the pandemic so they had to go back to the province together with their six children.

She expressed gratitude to DSWD the program as it would help the family uplift their way of living.

Daoayen said the BP2 program is a great help to the beneficiaries as this is an opportunity for them as they go back to the province, they have something to start with. – Susan C. Aro