The Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan has distributed P6.06-million loan assistance to 32 cooperatives and 3 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
Governor Amado I. Espino III, assisted by Provincial Population, Cooperative and Livelihood Development Officer (PPCLDO) Ellsworth Gonzales, led the recent ceremonial distribution at the Sison Auditorium.
In his message, Governor Espino vowed to continuously support the business ventures of Pangasinenses through the assistance program of the provincial government.
The provincial chief executive commended the strong partnership of the provincial government and cooperatives in the province.
“Pagtibayin niyo pa po lalo ang inyong pamamalakad sa inyong mga negosyo dahil ito po ang kailangan natin ngayon,” urged Governor Espino underscoring that in this time of pandemic, livelihoods are good source of income.
Considering the threat of COVID-19, the provincial government assured that physical distancing and wearing of masks, along other safety protocols, were observed during the ceremonial distribution.
It was noted that in this batch which consists of 1,007 beneficiaries, some groups received as much as P250,000.
Four recipients are now on their 8th cycle, namely: Dusoc Women’s Association (Bayambang), Pias Women’s Association (Mapandan), Amamperez Women’s Association (Villasis) and Centro Toma-Colayo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Bani).
Meanwhile, other recipients are on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th cycle.
Also present during the LAP distribution were Provincial Administrator Nimrod S. Camba, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Emilio Samson Jr., Special Events Head Marife Acerit and Provincial Information Officer (PIO) Orpheus M. Velasco.
The assistance program of the provincial government, which is now part of the Abig Pangasinan Program, started in 2008 under the administration of former governor and former congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photo by Jinver Perez)