By: Rodrigo S. Victoria

NAVAL, Biliran – The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province of Biliran distributed on Monday, January 12, various livelihood starter kits to some 100 Biliranons.

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The distribution of the livelihood starter kits held at the Naval State University (NSU) Gymnasium this town, is part of the DTI-Livelihood Seeding Program (LSP) , a program intended to help augment the income of small businesses in the communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

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The recipients of the livelihood starter kits coming from Naval, Almeria, Biliran, Cabucgayan, Caibiran and Culaba which were identified by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) as badly-hit towns in Biliran province by Yolanda, were beneficiaries of the agency’s programs and services specifically the Rural Micro-Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) and Micro-Enterprises.

The livelihood starter kits amounting to P439,099.16 are composed of three pieces heavy duty stoves (single burner) with LPG tank (11kg) each; three pieces stove burners ( two burner) with LPG tank (11kg) each and one piece stove burner (one burner) with LPG tank (11kg); two units Monobloc tables and 8 eight units plastic chairs; two units digital weighing scale and one unit weighing scale (10kgs); four units desktop calculators; 12 pieces plastic pails; three pieces scissors; one piece pruning shear; one piece knife; one unit electric sealer; two boxes floral foams; three pieces steamers (three layers); four pieces kawali; one piece caldero; three pieces corn mills; three pieces fish boxes; seven pieces canastro; and seven meters trapal.

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The livelihood starter kits will be used in the processing of foods, retail and trading and other agriculture-based enterprise in the following towns,namely: Naval-suman,moron and puto cheese, barbeque and fruit vendors and for cutflower; Almeria-pop rice, moron, cassava-based delicacies; Biliran- moron and banana chips, suman and moron and fruit vending; Cabucgayan-dried fish and atchara/moron; Caibiran-nata de coco, moron and suman; and Culaba-papaya atchara or pickles.

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The launching and distribution of livelihood starter kits in Biliran province was graced by DTI-8 Regional Director Cynthia R. Nierras, Biliran, Congressman Rogelio J. Espina of the lone district of Biliran, Naval Mayor Susan V. Parilla, Culaba Mayor Lorenzo Reveldez,Jr. Naval Vice-Mayor Redentor Villordon and some representatives from other local government units and national government agencies in Biliran province. (rsv/PIA 8 Biliran)

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