By JUNE S. BLANCO
THREE more farmers’ and fishermen’s associations out of eight in their batch will receive livelihood checks worth an aggregate of P8 million from Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado’s (Bohol, 2nd District) within the month.
The beneficiaries are women’s organizations in San Miguel, Getafe and Inabanga towns who are wives of members of farmers or irrigators associations.
Aumentado said the livelihood projects are designed to augment the incomes of farmers and fishermen. This way, he said, their families will not rely solely on the incomes of the husbands, especially when rice harvest is poor or when fish is scarce due to stormy weather.
He noted that additional income is always welcome considering the skyrocketing prices of commodities and schooling nowadays.
The livelihood funding comes from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which the farmers and fishermen can avail of through the Active Responsive Initiative for Sustainable (ARIS) Development.
The solon’s office had assisted the women’s groups win preparing their respective feasibility studies. The projects range from flatbed driers, hand tractors, meat processing, fishing equipment and hog fattening.
The fund releases are under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).
In an e-mail message, Aumentado expressed elation that his efforts at helping his constituents are now bearing fruit. He also expressed appreciation for DOLE for its quick response considering that the people’s needs are immediate.
He added that on top of the eight, the documents of 12 more people’s organizations are now being processed.
DOLE’s quick processing of the papers is “a great help” in his partnership with that department in fighting poverty among his constituents, he said.
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