AC gov’t initiates livelihood programs amid pandemic

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. is living up to his promise of improving the lives of Angeleños, as the city government has created a number of livelihood programs during the pandemic.

“Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok na kinakaharap natin dahil sa pandemya, patuloy pa rin tayong magsisilbi sa ating mga kababayan, partikular na ang pagbibigay natin ng hanapbuhay at magpakakakitaan para maitawid nila ang mga pamilya nila ngayong meron tayong krisis dahil sa COVID-19,” Lazatin said.

Upon the Mayor’s instruction, Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel presided a meeting with Public Employment Services Officer Maria Rosa Teodora Basilio, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Joy Duaso, Angeles City Economic Development and Investments Promotion Officer Irish Bonus-Llego, and Gender and Development Officer Mina Cabiles to talk about the creation of livelihood programs, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

According to Manuel, the city government is eyeing drug surrenderees, non-working solo parents, and Persons With Disability (PWDs) as beneficiaries for the planned livelihood programs.

“Parte ng pagbibigay natin ng ‘second chance’ sa mga drug reformists natin, is mabigyan natin sila ng kabuhayan tulad nitong balak nating livelihood program, para lalo silang ma-inspire baguhin yung buhay nila,” Manuel explained.

“Sa pamamagitan ng mga livelihood programs natin, makakapag-provide rin tayo ng venue para sa mga non-working solo parents at PWDs para magamit nila yung talent nila at makatulong din sila sa mga pamilya nila,” she said.

Cabiles explained that some of the livelihood programs currently being planned by the city government include tinapa-making, basket weaving, eco-bag making, bigasan, and atchara-making.

“Isa po sa mga binibigyang pansin ng administrasyong Lazatin ay yung pagbibigay ng jop opportunities para sa iba’t-ibang sektor ng lipunan, kaya naman sinusulong po natin itong livelihood programs para sakanila,” Cabiles furthered.

“The city government will continue to assist all sectors thru livelihood projects initiated by Mayor Lazatin,” she added.