by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, October 4 (PIA) — A total of 209 identified and confirmed beneficiaries by the Agrikultura: ng Bayang Pinoy Program (AKBAY) will receive a P10,000 livelihood assistance funded by the government of Japan through the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).
This was learned last week during the meeting held here attended by heads of national government line agencies involved in the program particularly the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) and former governor Sally Ante-Lee , executive director of the Sorsogon Provincial Management Office (SPMO).
A P4M livelihood assistance fund to run for 2011-2013 will be given by the Japanese government to 4th and 5th class municipalities in the province of Sorsogon.
The livelihood assistance is envisioned to help the poorest of the poor in the agriculture and fishery sectors in the whole Philippines with a P150M livelihood assistance for Luzon and Visayas while a bigger amount was earmarked for the provinces in Mindanao, according to the representative of the NAPC.
OPA assistant provincial government head, Maria Theresa V. Destura, said that the assistance is interest and collateral free.
Before the distribution of the financial assistance, beneficiaries will undergo training, orientation and reorientation on entrepreneurial enhancement with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Equity of the beneficiaries will be land, labor cost and available facilities.
Destura said that the beneficiaries were pre-evaluated on site, their farm household profile validated together with their project proposals and including a certification from the barangay captain being residents for the past 3 years.
Project launch of the AKBAY will be this October 28 at the Sorsogon Provincial Gymnasium and will form part of the Kasanggayahan Festival 2011 celebration . (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)