DOLE grants Kabuhayan starter kits to farmers in Tigbao town

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By Gideon C. Corgue (ALT/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

TIGBAO, Zamboanga del Sur, Nov. 9 (PIA) –The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) thru the local government unit of Tigbao distributed 12 units of Kabuhayan starter kits (KSK) to rural farmers in barangay Nangan-Nangan during the ‘Matapat Serbisyo Caravan’ (MSC) held here recently.

The distribution ceremony was led by Anecito Ochotorena of DOLE, assisted by Mayor Danilo E. Dalid and Lt Col. Alvin Luzon, commanding officer of the 53rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army.

The MSC is a convergence of government agencies who pooled their resources together to be delivered to the poorest communities, as well as acquaint them of the services that they can avail from participating institutions.

Dalid sad the KSK package consisted of plow, bag pack sprayer, coat, sweat shirt and boots which were given to recipient farmers to help them sustain their livelihood and augment their income.

He said the starter kits were just part of the 30 units that he requested from the DOLE intended for the farmers. The municipality is basically an agricultural area.

Punong Barangay Ranel Redel, who is also a farmer was grateful to DOLE, the GU and 53rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army for spearheading the activity.

“Dako kaaayo ang among kalipay nga gihimo kini nga kalihokan sa among barangay. Bisan ug labihan kalayo kining among dapit apan gihatagan ug dakong pagtagad sa gobyerno ang among katawhan aron makapahimulos sa mga serbisyo ilabi na paghatag sa Kabuhayan starter kits sa mga mag-uuma aron among magamit sa kalihokan sa pagpanguma,” Redel said.

(We are very grateful that this activity was conducted in our barangay. Even if our place is very far, yet the government gave much attention to our people so we can avail support services especially the granting of Kabuhayan starter kits to farmers.)

A 62 year-old farmer-recipient, Juanito Gualeza thanked the government for launching the MSC saying that the farming tools he received will be used to cultivate his 2-hectare farm planted with corn.

Fernando Tumbao, a 44-year old farmer said with the starter kits, his tillage practices will be faster and easier.

Dalid urged the beneficiaries to take care of the starter kits because it will help provide sustainable livelihood and improve their standard of living.