BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya — The provincial government here has released more than PHP27 million for livelihood programs and assistance from 2013 to 2015.

Governor Ruth Padilla said the funds were given to 695 individuals and 95 groups of farmers, associations and cooperatives in the province.

The fund was jointly given by the Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAO), with more than PHP8.1 million, over PHP7.7 million from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), more than PHP4.7 million from the Provincial Cooperatives Affairs Office (PCAO), at least PHP4.3 million from the Provincial Veterinarian Office (PVO) and more than PHP2 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO).

“These funds were part of our rural development programs to help various livelihood and farmer organizations in the province,” Gov. Padilla said.

She said that to ensure the development, progress and sustainability of the livelihood projects, training such as financial literacy, business management, values orientation, capability building and leadership were required from the recipients.

Monitoring and evaluation schemes were also put in place to ensure the success of their chosen enterprise, Padilla added.

The provincial government also established a Livelihood and Pasalubong Center (LPC) in Barangay Magsaysay in Bayombong town to help Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in improving the quality and market their products.

Padilla said the Farmers to Consumers (F2C) Project was also established with Quezon City to provide farmers direct market access of their products, eliminate middlemen and provide more income. PNA/