The Pangasinan Provincial Board in its web-based/online session on February 22, has approved Provincial Ordinance No. 36-2021 entitled: “An Ordinance Institutionalizing and Strengthening the Provincial Livelihood Assistance Program of the Province of Pangasinan and Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes.”
Said ordinance which was authored by Board Member Salvador S. Perez, Jr., stated that “the Sangguniang Panlalawigan recognizes the centrality of the Provincial Livelihood Assistance Program in the Provincial Government’s broad efforts to lay down the strong foundation for inclusive development in the province, and understands the need to institutionalize the same to guarantee the program is provided with the required institutional support and mechanisms to carry out its stated objectives and enable it to serve more associations, cooperatives and micro entrepreneurs and their respective members and families all over the province.”
In the sponsorship statement it was noted that the livelihood assistance program has directly benefitted more than 40,000 members of different associations, cooperatives and micro enterprises from all over the province with the total loan released of P178,792,650 since 2008.
“Beneficiaries and their families continue to reap the socio-economic benefits derived from the program including, but not limited to, enhanced financial position for associations, cooperatives and micro entrepreneurs to continue developing and improving their products and services, improvement of standards of living of their members and families, and enhanced capacity to become active partners in the promotion of economic and social justice in the community,” the ordinance stated.
It can be recalled that the Espino administration had identified countryside development by generating more livelihood and economic opportunities as one of the provincial government’s primary development thrusts.
As such, the ordinance noted that “the Provincial Livelihood Assistance Program (PLAP) aligns seamlessly with this development thrust by enhancing the capacities of community-based organizations and individual entrepreneurs to strengthen and expand their income-generating projects through a credit and technical assistance program.” (/Ruby R. Bernardino)