MALIBCONG, Abra, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) recently launched set of skills trainings for two priority barangays here in line with "whole-of-nation" approach to End Local Communist Armed-Conflict (ELCAC) towards the attainment of sustainable and inclusive peace.
Under the "Hogs to Riches" program, skills training on electrical installation and maintenance, carpentry and swine production will be implemented in Brgy. Dulao. Another set of skills trainings involving carpentry, masonry, small engine servicing and organic hog raising under the "Pangkabuhayan SA Barangay" will be implemented in Brgy. Duldulao.
The completion of these training programs is expected to spark the livelihood of the residents in said barangays , which are listed as top-priority barangays by the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed-Conflict led by Chairperson Gov. Joy Bernos based on the barangay-consultations conducted.
"Before the end of President Duterte's term, he wants development and livelihood in all the conflict-affected barangays to become self-sustaining," TESDA-Abra Provincial Director Florante Herrera said as he sought the commitment and cooperation of the residents to take care of the projects and programs entrusted to them for their own welfare.
Provincial Planning and Development Officer Arnel Valdez, in behalf of the Governor, re-assured the commitment and support of the provincial government in the implementation of livelihood trainings and projects especially to priority barangays.
Member-agencies of PRLEC headed by TESDA, LGU Malibcong and barangay LGUs signed a pledge of commitment to support the sustainability of the project. The agency representative also engaged the residents on how they will facilitate their needs and concerns according to their existing services.
Dulao Punong Barangay Raymund Elvena extended the gratitude of whole barangay to the PRLEC for giving them training projects, which is one of the long-time wishes of the residents.
Duldulao Punong Barangay Talledo Dugay-o also appreciated the efforts of all government agencies present during the program for reaching out to their barangay despite its remoteness and unpaved roads.
Among the agencies present during the event include the 24th Infantry Battalion, Philippine National Police, Department of Trade and Industry, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dept. of Social Welfare and Development, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Dept. of Interior and Local Government, and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency. (JDP/CAGT- PIA CAR, Abra)