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Poverty reduction drive launched in Cam Norte

DAET, Camarines Norte --- The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster of the Provincial Task Force-End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PRLEC-PTF-ELCAC) led by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) has launched the project dubbed as “One Province, One Barangay” in Barangay Guisican, Labo town recently.

TESDA Bicol Regional Director Toni June A. Tamayo said that the project was the brainchild of their director general, Sec. Isidro S. Lapeña in response to Executive Order 70 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach in eliminating local communists’ armed conflict to attain lasting peace.

Tamayo said “One province, One Barangay” was also launched in Masbate and will soon start in other provinces.

It aims to attain food security in the countryside. He said that there will be no security if there is no food. He added that in this time of pandemic, backyard gardening helped a lot in rural areas. He said that the focus of TESDA funds this year is more on agriculture and construction but other skills training will still continue.

“The project will not only focus on planting, but we’ll l be giving training on entrepreneurship, establishment of agricultural production site, trading center among others to be provided by the partner agencies”, he said. The activity was attended by Camarines Norte Rep. Josie Baning Tallado, provincial board members Aida Dasco and Artemio Serdon, who also expressed support to the TESDA project.

One of the beneficiaries, Shirley Villaluz Lara, Guisican village chief, thanked the TESDA and other agencies for their help.

The launching will be followed by a series of training in eight batches within 64 days to be given to 200 participants including the eight “Manide” or Indigenous Peoples (IPs) from the two barangays.

The series of training include: production of organic vegetables; organic fertilizer; organic concoction and extract; and raise organic ruminants that will lead to Organic Agriculture Production with a National Certificate II (NCII).

PRLEC member agencies and support stakeholders include DA, DAR, DOLE, LBP, DOT, PCA, NIA, DENR, NCIP, DSWD, BFAR, CDA, DILG, AFP-PA, PNP, PIA, OPAPP, NAPC, NICA, NEDA and LGU-Labo. - PIA5/Camarines Norte)

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