Borbon rug-makers receive cash aid

Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale on Thursday handed over a check worth P23,000 as financial assistance to Lugo Rug-Maker Association of Borbon town, north of Cebu.

Corazon Artista, the organization’s vice president, received the aid that will serve as startup capital of the group.

Artista said P13,000 of the amount will be used to purchase sewing machines and the P10,000 will be spent for materials.

Providing financial assistance for livelihood program to accredited people’s organizations is among the projects of the Cebu Provincial Government.

The project, implemented under the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), aims to bring inclusive growth to the poorest of the poor.

Under Davide administration’s thrust to improve the lives of marginalized sectors, PSWDO implements sustainable livelihood projects that include bag-making, mat-weaving, food-processing, hog-raising and sawali production, among others.

Women, the elderly, farmers, fisherfolks, persons with disabilities and single parents are the target beneficiaries of the said projects.

PSWDO chief Marivic Garces said that under the program, any marginalized group can ask the Capitol for assistance to enhance their livelihood project but they will have to undergo a seminar and assessment to be conducted by the welfare office.

Aside from rug-making, the welfare department also provides trainings and seminars on mat-weaving, bag-making, food and meat processing, among others.

Serbisyo ni namo para kaninyong mga kaubos. Gikalipay kaayo namo sa Kapitolyo ang pagtabang kaninyo,” Magpale, who is known to champion women’s causes, responded.

Among the successful livelihood programs initiated by the Capitol is the “Bugasan sa Kababayen-an” where sacks of rice are given to accredited women’s federations who wanted to venture into rice retail business. (Kelvin Cañizares)