Pampanga group benefits from convergence program

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Monday, April 21, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Augman Kababaihan ng San Simon Inc. (AKSSI) of Pulong Camias, Barangay San Jose in San Simon town is among the initial beneficiaries in Central Luzon of the joint livelihood convergence program of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The Kapampangan rural workers association, along with the Kooperatiba ng Pangmalawakang Paglilingkod ng Bayabas Ink. (KPPBI) of Barangay Bayabas in Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan province, was devastated by previous typhoons and torrential rains.

"This partnership on technology-driven, resource-based, and sustainable livelihood is an off-shoot of Project Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) which helped survivors of the Super Typhoon in the Visayas," Dole Regional Director Raymundo Agravante said.

He added that AKSSI intends to use the P200,000 assistance to expand the market of its candle-making business while KPPBI shall use the P250,000 aid for the improvement of its Squash Puree Processing project.

Under project RAY program, the labor department shall identify target beneficiaries and in-demand skills vis-à-vis available skilled individuals in the communities, enroll projects, and provide funds.

It shall also closely coordinate with Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry with regards to availability of raw materials and current market demand.

DOST, on the other hand, shall provide scientific and technological skills, strategies, and assistance to grantees through the help of its corporate arm- the Technology Resource Center and Research and Development Institutes.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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