PRLEC IP ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS, LAUNCHED IN PAMPANGA
MAWACAT, Floridablanca – The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of Pampanga together with the local government of Floridablanca, the Philippine National Police and BFAR Central Luzon, held the launching of the PRLEC: Indigenous Community Enhancement Programs in a simple ceremony held Tuesday, July 28.
The PRLEC which is chaired by TESDA and vice-chaired by the Department of Agriculture, is a cluster formed to identify the livelihood suited and training skills needed for a certain area. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, as one of the member agencies, will help in areas that are not covered by the mandate of TESDA through a value chain programmed to achieve the Executive Order 70 or “the whole-of-nation approach” that aims to end local communist armed conflicts in identified areas.
Mawacat in Floridablanca is one such village. BFAR Central Luzon Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz vowed to help the community through the provision of the following: stock enhancement of 20,000 tilapia fingerlings, 10,000 post-larvae ulang and 10,000 common carp; livelihood intervention of 10 portable solar lamps and 10 gill nets; and an Information Education Campaign on the use of electro-fishing. The stock enhancement of Sapang Bayabas River was already fulfilled in a separate activity through the BASIL program held July 29. A tree and vegetable planting activity was also held earlier in the day.
RD Cruz expressed his concern over the plight of the Indigenous People (IP) of Mawacat, “We cannot deny help to our IP brethren. The least we can do is to provide them with a set of skills and tools that suits their needs and their culture and can support their livelihood as well.”
Present during the launching were PRLEC Pampanga Chairman Hon. Rolando Balingit, PIA 3 Director William Beltran, TESDA 3 Director Ret. AFP MGEN Jesus Fajardo, TESDA Provincial Director Atty Eric Ueda, representative of the Hon. Mayor Darwin Manalansan of Floridablanca, Barangay Official of Mawacat Marilou Bacani, Capt. Richard Dilag and PFO Nico Wamil. (RCC/ photos by PFO Pampanga)