July 6, 2020
Through the cooperation of the different line agencies in Region 10, the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) was officially launched at Sitio Kibulag, Brgy. Lantud, Talakag, Bukidnon on June 30, 2020 with Higaonons and Maranaos as the identified beneficiaries.
The PRLEC initiative is one of the convergence programs under the Executive Order. 70 which aims to better the services of the government for communities, especially vulnerable ones, as part of the government’s efforts to promote and act upon sustainable and inclusive peace.
Highlights of the launching includes turn-over of the programs and projects to the IP community, and the information and “Serbisyo Caravan” of the different government agencies. Among the participating line agencies are CDA-10, DA-10, DAR-10, NM-DBP, DENR-10, DepEd-10, DOLE-10, DOST-10, DSWD-10, DTI-10, NCIP-10, NIA-10, NICA-10, PIA-10, PNP-10, 403rd IB, DOH-10 and TESDA- 10 as the chair agency.
DSWD-10 and TESDA-10 handed over 100 and 150 relief goods respectively. DTI-10 turned over 20 knapsack sprayers and opened their Negosyo Center to the products of the IPs. DA-10 also turned over agricultural programs such as Corn Program, Rice Program, High Value Crops Development Program, and the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) amounting to P425,700.00 to the whole of the Sitio Kibulag community. Meanwhile, DOLE-10 handed over Certificate of Entitlements for Toolkits for the 21 IPs trained in Masonry and Carpentry last year by TESDA PTC-Bukidnon. DENR-10 thru its CENRO-Talakag also handed-over cash assistance to 11 NGP beneficiaries.
For the major PRLEC project, TESDA-X unveiled the proposed Multi-purpose IP Hub which can be used as a session room, a small-scale classroom or training area, a temporary storage, among others.
As a representative of TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, Director Lorenzo G. Macapili, TESDA OIC-Deputy Director General in his message reiterated that the PRLEC is not a sole program of TESDA but instead it is a convergence program of all government agencies wherein everyone plays a role. He also mentioned that the aim of PRLEC is to establish the IPs’ livelihood wherein it can be sustained even without the assistance of the government.
Meanwhile, TESDA-X Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi, CESO III, the Chair of the PRLEC, asked for the full cooperation of the IPs to the implementation of the different government programs. She also encouraged them to trust the government for it will not fail them, and refrain from being influenced by negative hearsays. Thus, TESDA will do its best to address the concerns and needs of the IP community. ###
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