Governor Amado I. Espino III led the distribution of the P10.9 million loan assistance with zero percent interest to 64 livelihood groups and one micro, small, medium enterprise or MSME under the Provincial Livelihood Assistance Program held on September 16 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center Gymnasium in Lingayen.
In his message, Governor Espino expressed his gratitude towards the groups, associations, and MSMEs for their continuous patronage, trust, and support to the Livelihood Assistance Program of the Provincial Government.
“Napakaganda ng inyong pagbalik ng tiwala sa amin. Salamat sa inyong pagtangkilik sa programa ng Provincial Government – ang pagkilala ninyo sa obligasyon ninyo. Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa suporta ninyo sa programa dahil hindi ito magiging matagumpay kung hindi ninyo sinusuportahan,” said Governor Espino.
The Provincial LAP aims to assist entrepreneurs, associations, and cooperatives in Pangasinan to improve and develop their businesses.
Governor Espino reminded the beneficiaries to sustain their livelihood to support their families.
The provincial chief executive said, “Kaya kami nandito, kaya tumatagal ang programa natin ay dahil po sa inyo. Alagaan ninyo ang inyong negosyo dahil ang trabaho ng isang negosyante ay kumita. Kapag may kita, maginhawa ang pamilya at makatutulong pa sa inyong mga kababayan.”
The livelihood assistance distribution held on September 16 is the 4th batch for the calendar year 2021 and the 72nd since the launching of the program in 2008 under the stewardship of former Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. Since 2008, a total of P216.8 million has been allotted for the Provincial LAP.
Provincial Population Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office (PPCLDO) Planning Officer III Alex Sevilla said that the recent livelihood distribution has the highest amount of loan released and has the highest number of beneficiaries which totaled to 2,821 across the province.
“This is the biggest in terms of the beneficiaries since its launching. This is also the batch with the highest total of loan assistance to be released for one batch,” said Mr. Sevilla.
Gov. Espino bared the future plans of the Provincial Government to extend and expand the Provincial LAP to benefit more Pangasinenses.
“Tinitignan namin kung paano pa mapataas ang ipapautang. P50,000 lang dati at ngayon ay umabot na sa P250,000. Kapag 11th cycle na kayo, ang target namin ay makautang kayo ng P300,000 para makautang kayo ng mas malaki at matulungan ninyo ang inyong mga kababayan, kamag-anak at pamilya,” Gov. Espino stated.
The Provincial LAP has a 93% repayment rate.
Gov. Espino also reiterated his call for the unity of Pangasinenses amidst the pandemic.
“Ang mga bilin sa inyong pamilya, sa inyong mga kapitbahay at barangay ay malaking tulong na sa Provincial Government. Mag-ingat tayo, magtulungan tayo at mairaraos po natin ito,” said Gov. Espino.
The beneficiaries of the program expressed their gratitude towards the Provincial Government and Governor Espino for the Provincial LAP which supports their livelihood.
“Malaking tulong ito sa amin lalo na sa kabuhayan namin, nakakatulong ito sa aming pamilya at sa pang-araw-araw namin. Nagpapasalamat kami sa Governor sa programang ito,” said Liza Tamondong of the Tamaro Farmers Association from Bayambang.
Joining Governor Espino during the program held at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center Gymnasium, Lingayen were Provincial Population Cooperative and Livelihood Development Officer Ellsworth G. Gonzales and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emilio P. Samson.
(Paula Jhea Sison)