MALIBCONG, Abra – With the goal of bringing government services closer to the people, the Serbisyo Caravan led by the Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority reached several barangays of this fifth class municipality.
DTI Abra led by Engr. Francis D. Pacio and OIC and Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Marvin Arcangel awarded livelihood kits worth P8,000 each to 30 micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs from barangays Buanao, Bayabas, Dulao, Duldulao, Gacab, and Lat-ey under the Livelihood Seeding Program-Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay, which allows a wider reach of business development assistance by bringing government services closer to the people.
DTI also brought its Diskwento Caravan to Barangay Poblacion to provide goods to the public at discounted prices. This is in partnership with the Abra Diocesan Teachers and Employees Cooperative.
Tesda Abra Provincial Director Braulio dela Peña offered training courses to the four Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) barangays, namely Buanao, Bayabas, Dulao, and Duldulao. The training courses include Masonry NC I, Carpentry NC II, Animal Production NC I, Entrepreneurial Training, and Competency Assessment.
BFAR-Abra headed by Provincial Fisheries Officer Janet Daguio distributed cash and food subsidy to 25 marginalized fisherfolk and farmers in the municipality.
Dolores Martinez, a sari-sari store owner and one of the beneficiaries from Barangay Duldulao, expressed her gratitude to the different line agencies.
“Livelihood projects and other government programs here in our municipality are now overflowing. We can feel that the government is really working closer to us especially in our farthest barangays. We are happy, blessed and thankful for all of these,” Martinez said.
The Serbisyo Caravan is in line with Executive Order 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte institutionalizing a whole-of-nation approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict towards the attainment of sustainable and inclusive peace.
The activity is supported by the local government of Malibcong led by Mayor Romando Bacuyag, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Community Support Program of the 24th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Division Philippine Army. – PIA