Livelihood kits distributed in insurgency-threatened villages

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and Army's 53rd Infantry Battalion has distributed P670,000 worth of livelihood starter kits to insurgency-vulnerable barangays in four towns in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Dole Provincial Director Camilo Encila said there were 100 beneficiaries who composed of farmers, fishermen, and housewives.

Encila added that they received P6,700 worth of livelihood starter kits each.

Encila said the livelihood starter kits, which were distributed on Thursday, included three units of seven horse power engine for small boat, fishnets and fishing equipment, farming equipment, kitchen utensils, carpentry tools, barber kits, and vulcanizing shop equipment.

Encila said the starter kits are sufficient enough to support the livelihood undertakings of the identified beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries are as follows: 55 from the village of Dalapang and 10 from Bagong Oroquieta in municipality of Guipos; 10 from Gusom, Kumalarang; and 25 from Ocapan, San Miguel.

They were identified by the Army's 53rd Infantry Battalion based in the municipality of Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.

Lieutenant Colonel Alvin Luzon, 53rd Infantry Battalion commander, said the four villages were chosen as they have been threatened by insurgency being far-flung and less developed. (Bong Garcia)
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