In Southern Leyte

A barangay-based livelihood program of Southern Leyte Rep. Christopherson Yap(2nd district) is now bearing fruits with the beneficiaries now have income. The program, dubbed as Southern Leyte Organization for People’s Welfare Alliance, was launched by Yap last year with over 46,000 villagers as recipients.

SOGOD, Southern Leyte– More than 200 villages in the second district of Southern Leyte are benefiting from a livelihood project initiated by Rep. Christopherson Yap of the province’s second congressional district.

Yap said that he allocated P60 million from his discretionary fund to help the livelihood groups from the villages.

A total of 277 villages with a total of 46,000 members from the towns of Sogod, Libagon, Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, Saint Bernard, Anahawan, Hinundayan, Hinunangan, and Silago received funding for their chosen micro-enterprise business through the Southern Leyte Organization for People’s Welfare Alliance (SOPWA).

On Saturday (May 4), Yap led in celebrating the first anniversary of the SOPWA.

To give everyone in the second district a chance to be part of the livelihood program, Rep. Yap said that they will tap national government agencies to make it bigger and more sustainable.

Yap added that this program aims to help address the practice of just giving assistance without the recipient having a sense of responsibility or the erase the dole-out mentality.

“Target also of this assistance is to encourage recipients to have personal development and not always rely on the assistance given by the government. With this little capital, we expect that this will do so much for their group,” Yap said, adding that the program also aims for each barangay will have their respective livelihood to manage and help residents to develop entrepreneurial skills.

Among recipients of the livelihood program are home-based mothers, laborers, and minimum-wage earners who are also assisted by SOPWA officials and consultants who are mostly retired professionals.