Southern Leyte launches COVID-19 recovery program
MAASIN CITY, July 13 (PIA) — The Provincial Government of Southern Leyte on Friday, July 10, launched a COVID-19 recovery program dubbed “Pangandam sa Bag-ong Panahon” (Preparing for the New Normal), due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting different sectors of society in the province including locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).
Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ida Sy-Monzon in her report said the program is designed to spur the local economy, strengthen food sufficiency and will serve as a stop-gap measure for displaced workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Programs presented during the launching activity include the Emergency Employment, Food Security, Food Sufficiency and Manpower Re-engineering programs.
Under the Emergency Employment Program, the provincial government include local roads maintenance project with an estimated cost of P42 million; fruit tree growing project costing P26,961,000; afforestation project costing P390,000; and Community Tilapia Production with a total cost of P325,000.
The Food Security Program entails the development of 580 hectares of land for the establishment of high value crops plantation throughout the province which an estimated cost of P65,362,400 for the intensive agriculture production, hogstel and bangus in fish cage projects.
The Manpower and Re-engineering Program, Bag-ong Abilidad sa Bag-ong Normal Project with a total cost of P4 million was conceptualized to allow displaced individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic acquire new skills to gain employment and to provide technical assistance for any TESDA-related certification.
The Food Sufficiency Program, which includes Kitchen Garden Project, supports the Plant, Plant, Plant Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) aimed to help ensure food sufficiency for all Southern Leyteños.
Sy-Monzon said that the recovery plan of the province aims to provide emergency and temporary employment to target beneficiaries, provide income and enable them to attain employable skills and attain food security.
The launching activity was led by Gov. Damian G. Mercado with DA-8 Regional Executive Director Angel C. Enriquez.
The activity was also participated in by some municipal mayors, provincial and local officials, and the local media. (ldl/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)