TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the region has turnover financial assistance to a farmers’ association in Borongan City.
Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda and DSWD-8 SLP Deputy Regional Program Coordinator Erwin Sonio led the turnover of the financial assistance to the Baras Farmers Association, the first farmers association to receive the aid under the government’s sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

SLP is under Executive Order Number 70 which is a community-based capacity building that seeks to improve the beneficiaries standard of living by enabling participants to manage micro-enterprises. There are two versions of this program: the Executive Order No. 70 and the Zero Hunger.

The organization, which has 25 members, received a cheque amounting to P300,000 as a seed fund for a livelihood project that they will be implementing, according to EO 70 Project Development Officer II Jazmin Lutao.

She said that other organizations are set to receive similar financial assistance, she added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Agda expressed his gratitude to about 100 former rebels who had abandoned their cause and surrendered to the government to live a normal life.

As of this week, about 95 former rebels have returned to the fold of the law who were provided with assistance by the city government and other government agencies.

Mayor Agda assured the newly surrendered former rebels of the city government’s support as they move forward to a renewed and more peaceful way of living.