The Provincial Government of Pangasinan under the leadership of Governor Amado I. Espino III launched the first Abig Pangasinan Project – Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan, a comprehensive rehabilitation project of the province, on June 24 at the Mangatarem Public Plaza.
The Abig Pangasinan 2020 is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the socio-economy of Pangasinan.
The Mangatarem Persons with Disabilities Association were chosen as the first recipient of Abig Pangasinan Project under the Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan
“One of the major programs under this project is the Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan which is intended to our basic sectors. Ang layunin nito ay makatulong sa iba’t ibang sektor lalong lalo na ang mga nangangailangan talaga para may kaunti silang pangkabuhayan,” said Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emilio Samson Jr.
It can be noted that the project is divided into two components: the Kabuhayan Palengke Karavan, an all-year activity to uplift the income of Pangasinense farmers, fisher folks, and animal farm growers and the Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash for Work) which aims to provide additional financial capacity to different sectors by working in a community project that would benefit the public.
The association members were given free cleaning materials to help improve the community garden and public restroom in the Mangatarem Public Plaza. Various seedlings and garden tools were also given to the association members.
The recipients of this project will also be given P400 a day as their stipend.
“Magkakaroon sila ng activities na sila ay maglilinis at magkakaroon ng tree-planting. Sa kanilang Cash for Work ay magkakaroon sila ng stipend na P400 a day,” said Samson.
The Abig Pangasinan Project is also in-line with the celebration of the 42nd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week with the theme, “together we demonstrate that the rights of children, women, and senior citizens with disabilities to have access to foods, medicines, and assistive devices is important to us; prioritizing it during the COVID-19 pandemic”.
“Malaking bagay ito sa amin, lalo na sa sektor ng PWD. Laking pasasalamat namin dahil kami nung unang nabigyan nitong programa lalo na ngayong may pandemya dahil marami sa amin ang nawalan ng trabaho,” said Mangatarem PWD Association President Hairol Cabuang.
Aside from persons with disabilities, the Abig Pangasinan Project will also target different sectors such as women, solo-parents, child development workers, LGBT communities, and out-of-school youths.
The PSWDO also allotted P2.7M for the aforementioned project which will be used from July to December 2020.
The Provincial Government is scheduled to reach the municipality of San Fabian next week, July 30 and 31 for another batch of Abig Pangasinan Project activity.
/Paula Jhea Sison