Derived from the local word “Abig” which means healing, goodness and betterment, the Abig Pangasinan Karaban is the mobile economic recovery program of the Provincial Government led by Governor Amado I. Espino III which aims to assist Pangasinenses affected by COVID-19.
“Ito pong Abig Pangasinan program ay upang makatulong sa mga farmers, out-of-school youth, at mga walang trabaho. Hindi po namin matutumbasan ang mga dating kinikita niyo pero ito po ay isang pamamaraan ng karagdagang kita para matulungan ang bawat myembro ng inyong pamilya,” said Gov. Espino during the launching of Abig Pangasinan Projects — Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban and Kalinisan Karaban on August 6 in Mabini.
The Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban is one of the major components of the Abig Pangasinan which aims to uplift the income of Pangasinense farmers, fisher folks, animal farm growers, and other sectors.
Under the Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban, the provincial government purchases vegetables, meat, fish, and other products sold by small-scale vendors. These products were brought to the 14 government-owned hospitals.
Since the staging of Abig Pangasinan from July to yearend this 2020, the Karaban visited a total of 30 LGUs with 737 recipients, and more than P1.2-million purchased of various food products, as listed in the Abig Pangasinan Karaban report of General Services Office headed by Evan Gladish Domalanta.
The towns visited last year, include: Laoac, Balungao, Mabini, Labrador, San Jacinto, Mapandan, Dasol, Alcala, Basista, San Fabian, Agno, Asingan, Aguilar, San Quintin, Pozorrubio, Sual, Sta. Maria, Bautista, Anda, Natividad, Sison, San Nicolas, Infanta, Sto. Tomas, San Manuel, Calasiao, Manaoag, Burgos, Bugallon, and Mangatarem.
Another component of Abig Pangasinan Karaban is the Pamanang Yaman, Produktong Pangasinan (PYPP) launched on October 9, 2020, which is aimed at providing livelihood to Pangasinenses specifically micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through promoting Pangasinan-made products.
The PYPP showcases Pangasinan-made quality products, includes: bagoong products, woven products, processed meat, organic products, and others, produced by small scale entrepreneurs and cooperatives in the province.
These products are bought by the provincial government from MSMEs and sold to the public at cost selling price, if not wholesale price.
Since its launching, the PYPP visited 17 towns and cities in the province with over P2-million sales, as disclosed by Provincial Population Cooperative Livelihood and Development Officer (PPCLDO) Ellsworth Gonzales.
The Pangasinenses can assure that the provincial government of Pangasinan will continue to bring livelihood and services for the betterment of the province and its locals.
Other components of the Abig Pangasinan program, includes: Kalinisan Karaban, Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash-for-Work), Abig Laman ed Barangay, Food Production Support, Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP), and Tulong sa Pagsasanay at Trabaho or skills training.
/Diane A. Tinambacan