Program for barangays launched-A A +A
Friday, March 22, 2013
SENATORIAL candidate Loren Legarda launched a program that aims to enforce the laws she passed to create jobs and livelihood.
During her visit at the Mandaue City Public Market last Wednesday, Legarda said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) need to implement the laws on livelihood and employment.
The Livelihood Opportunities to Raise Employment Nationwide (Loren) sa Bawat Barangay program seeks to implement the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) Act; the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME); the Barangay Kabuhayan Act and the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act.
“I’m very passionate about this dahil importanteng maramdaman ng mga tao ang batas (because it is important for the people to benefit from the law),” Legarda said.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, she said, can also offer “green jobs,” which include recycling and work related to the solid waste management.
The Office of Civil Defense can also hire unemployed individuals to help spread awareness on disaster preparedness.
Legarda vowed to set aside funds for skills training in barangays.
The Peso Law mandates local government units to provide jobseekers with information on employment opportunities, as well as match their skills with available jobs.
The MSME Law helps enterpreneurs by requiring lending institutions to allocate at lest eight percent of their total loan portfolio to micro and small businesses.
The Barangay Kabuhayan Act requires the establishment of livelihood and skills training centers in the fourth, fifth and sixth class municipalities.
It ensures that all livelihood and skills training centers offered by the National Government are properly implemented at the municipal level.
The Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act supports farmers and fishermen by requiring banks to allocate 25 percent of their loanable funds to the agriculture sector to finance the acquisition of equipment for farm production.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 22, 2013.