June 7, 2023

MALIBCONG, Abra – The Provincial Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed-Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) has launched a training and production program dubbed as “Manukan sa Barangay” at Bayabas, this municipality.  
Under the project, a poultry house will be established through different training courses such as masonry NCI, carpentry NC II, animal production (Poultry/Chicken) NC II, entrepreneurship training, and competency assessment.
The poultry house will initially focus on raising, but residents can also venture into egg production for product diversification.
Barangay Bayabas is one of the focus areas of the PTF-ELCAC by bringing government services and programs to spark livelihood development and to protect the residents from the influence and underground propaganda of the communist terrorist groups.
Considered as the farthest barangay of Malibcong, it can only be reached by four wheel-drive trucks or jeepneys. The dirt roads are prone to landslides and the place can hardly be reached during rainy season.
Training programs are also offered for the residents. The government will fund infrastructure projects in the area such as the establishment of health station and concreting of Bayabas Elementary School building and farm-to-market roads.
“We thank you for reaching out to us here in our barangay to bring your services closer for everyone.” Bayabas Punong Barangay Alejandro Busay said.
The agencies present during the launching are Technical Skills and Development Authority Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Department of Labor and Employment, Provincial Government of Abra, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Agriculture, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, and Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Aside from Barangay Bayabas, the PRLEC has also launched other training and production programs in Malibcong particularly in Barangay Dulao, Duldulao, and Barangay Buanao. – Christian Tubadeza