PROCOR launches sustainable livelihood program for 36 Benguet families

Published December 17, 2020, 9:43 AM

by Zaldy Comanda

CAMP DANGWA, Benguet – The Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PROCOR) has launched “Badang Kabuhayan Project” to benefit some 36 families of Tublay and Bokod towns in Benguet under the program of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 (RMFB15) which aims to promote sustainable livelihood.

PROCOR Director Brig. Gen. R’win Pagkalinawan said the RMFB15, through the 1505th Maneuver Company – Community Affairs Section, crafted the program to ensure that the affected families have a steady source of income amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Pagkalinawan said that at the height of the Enhanced Community Quarantine when people’s livelihoods were affected and movements were restricted, police personnel went the extra mile to help those who were badly affected by the pandemic on top of the grocery items provided to them to meet their immediate needs.

He said that with the amount collected from the personal contributions of RMFB15 troops, a Free Range Poultry Farm was established in Barangay Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet which includes a 45-ft long poultry house and a bungalow to house the carers. 

In coordination with the Veterinary Medicine Department of the Benguet State University, 400 Sasso chicks were bought and distributed to 15 selected families including out-of-school youth. Continuous monitoring is conducted to ensure the program’s sustainability.

In consonance with the 18-Day Campaign to end Violence against Women, the “Badang Kabuhayan II” was launched in Barangay Ekip, Bokod, Benguet.

This is a joint project with TESDA-CAR which aims to empower women’s groups, organize and mobilize them to put up their own bakery shop. To equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills, 21 women participated in a five-day training on Bread and Pastry Making held at Ekip Barangay Hall on December 7 to 11.

An oven set, gas tank, and other baking materials were initially provided by the TESDA as start-up for the select beneficiaries.

As part of their mandate in the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict, PROCOR’s RMFB15 teams up with other government agencies in bridging their programs to the areas within the region that are susceptible to the NPA terrorists’ deceptive propaganda.