Close to 66 individuals and seven (7) associations had received cash grant from the government’s Pangkabuhayan Financial Assistance (PFAS) Project to mitigate the impact of the current health crisis.
With the initiative of the City Government through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO), it continuously offers umpteen livelihood programs and services to deserving Koronadaleños.
Through this city assisted project, many poor but deserving beneficiaries has been given a financial aid that can be used as starting capital for their business preference. Aside from money-related assistance, this was coupled with necessary entrepreneurial training and seminar on sustaining the recipient’s livelihood activities.
The city government has appropriated P815,000 for the identified projects of the beneficiaries. The program includes, sari-sari store, kakanin making, barber and repair shop, vulcanizing shop, welding services, rice retailing, vegetable buy & sell, waving native product, tailoring, etc.
Interestingly, this is a kind of sustainable assistance, because these are enterprises selected by the recipients, and they can develop according to their desires.
In an interview with PESO Manager Bernardo Taperla, he assured everyone that his office would take other various measures that will help Koronadaleños improve their standard of living.
“There are still a lot of upcoming projects, programs and activities na manggagaling dito sa PESO. Expect pa tayo na marami pa. Nangangalap pa rin ako ng pondo kung saan tayo pwedeng makahingi and baka madagdagan. Naga-tap tayo sa ibang foundations na baka makatulong sila especially sa ating mga indigent or poorest of the poor na nangangailangan at gustong umunlad,” Taperla said.
Before the release of PFAS, all beneficiaries must submit their livelihood project proposals, wait in line for rigorous evaluation and confirmation, and complete a one-day capacity building plan training with certificate.
He also added that PESO would conduct annual monitoring and reporting of the progress of the businesses to ensure that the assistance granted will be used solely for livelihood as proposed.
At present, the PESO Manager reassures the impending services such as DOLE Pangkabuhayan Starter Kit, livelihood project for the “Tribal Women Association” from the 11 barangays of the city, STAR Program, Job Fairs, Local and Special Recruitment Activities, among others.
The distribution of the financial aid was held last Friday, July 3, at the City Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall.