LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Around 459 beneficiaries and one micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) in Pangasinan on Monday received P2.1-million loan grant from the Provincial Government under the Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP)

In his speech during the distribution, Governor Amado Espino III urged the beneficiaries to use wisely the loan amount to succeed in their livelihood ventures.

“In this manner, we could help you uplift your economic status,” Espino said.

The second batch of livelihood assistance beneficiaries this year are members of the following:

- Palakipak 555 Farmers Irrigators’ Association Inc. (Rosales)

- San Pablo United Farmers’ Cooperative (Binalonan)

- Camaley Fisherfolks Association (Binmaley)

- Bogtong Bolo KALIPI Association (Mangatarem)

- Calomboyan Sur KALIPI Association (Mangatarem)

- Maravilla St. KALIPI Association (Mangatarem)

- Centro Toma KALIPI (Bani)

- Hundred Islands Souvenir Vendors Association (Alaminos City)

- Luyan Mapandan Farmers’ Association, Inc. (Mapandan)

- D’ Enforcers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Urdaneta City)

- Farmers of Buenlag Bugallon Association, Inc. (Bugallon)

- Gueset Golden Harvest Farmers’ Association, Inc. (Bugallon; Dalongue IA Credit Cooperative (Sta. Barbara)

- Capitan Tomas Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Rosales)

- Ataynan Farmers Association (Bayambang).

“Meanwhile, the lone MSME beneficiary in the second batch is Naynay’s Pigar Pigar and Tapsilogan (Calasiao),” the PIO said.

Since the program was launched on October 13, 2008, the Provincial Government had already doled out P102.937 million from the province’s coffers, which was released to 54 batches of the LAP beneficiaries.

The program has already benefited 711 groups (associations and cooperatives) with 24,805 members; 78 MSMEs; and 21 groups under the goat production project with 293 members. (PNA)