SoCot allots P13-M for livelihood program

SoCot allots P13-M for livelihood program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The South Cotabato provincial government has allotted some PHP13 million for the rollout this year of its flagship livelihood program for low-income and vulnerable households.

Haide Agustin, head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), said Friday the program intends to provide sustainable livelihood and improve the lives of poor residents, especially those situated in far-flung areas.

Dubbed Alalay sa Negosyo, Ginhawa at Trabaho (Angat), she said prospective recipients could avail of one-time financial grants of up to PHP10,000 to help them put up their own livelihood projects.

“It aims to uplift the socio-economic status of the poor and vulnerable households, marginalized individuals, and the underprivileged sector, and for them to have a chance of a better life,” she said in an interview.

Agustin said it would be implemented in two components by the PSWDO, in coordination with the city and municipal governments and the barangays.

Under Angat 1, she said qualified individuals and groups seeking livelihood may avail of the assistance.

For individuals, qualified are those in crises, recovering drug dependents, former rebels, and victims of abuse and calamities.

The eligible groups are persons with disabilities, disadvantaged women, indigenous people, Muslims, out-of-school youths, senior citizens, community volunteers, farmers, and other vulnerable sectors.

Agustin said that under Angat 2, the eligible beneficiaries are registered or accredited associations like cooperatives, people’s organizations, and community groups recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

She said the prospective recipients would undergo an assessment process to be conducted by program coordinators and focal persons in the city, municipal, and barangay levels.

The funding for the program’s implementation this year is drawn from the Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran or SEA-K trust fund amounting to PHP8 million, PSWDO’s allocation of PHP3 million, and the Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council’s support fund of PHP2 million. (PNA)

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