TABUK CITY, Kalinga – After approving the request, the Provincial Office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Integrated Livelihood Program (ILP) awards today set of baking tools and equipment to Malin-awa Pumiyaan Farmers Association (MPFA).
During the awarding and turn-over ceremony held in Brgy. Malin-awa, DOLE Kalinga head Avelina Manganip said the MPFA was chosen after complying in 2022 all the required documents to avail of the ILP such as project proposal, profile of members, business permits, a bank account, and identification cards.
The application went through validation and site inspection to determine feasibility and sustainability of the chosen livelihood project, before recommending it to the DOLE Regional Office for approval and funding, she mentioned.
The total amount given for this bakery project is P513,000.00 to include the baking tools and equipment to start operation such as spiral dough mixer, fabricated oven, dough roller machine, cooking rack, stainless working table, electric loaf slicer, electric coconut grater, 7-cubic two-door refrigerator, high power grinding machine, as well as ingredients.
Manganip also stated that her office will be doing quarterly monitoring to assess if the project is doing well or not.
MPFA president Maria Edas assured that the association members will do everything to make the bakery business successful, considering it is the only bakery in Malin-awa, and the ILP of DOLE can only be availed once.
Established on August 24, 2022, and with 96 regular members now, the MPFA is also an accredited DOLE association dedicated to improve the lives of its members by providing additional income sources.
Ma. Lourdes Canseco, focal person on ILP of DOLE Kalinga, with some barangay officials were present during the awarding and turn-over ceremony.