Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Surigao del Norte Provincial Office released on June 13 a livelihood grant worth P775,200 to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Gigaquit for the enhancement of chicken egg production of Cawayan Agra Farmers Cooperative (CAFACO).

Ms. Romelyn B. Bactol, Senior LEO/ DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) Focal Person, handed over the livelihood check for the project enhancement to the representative of Mayor Elvira A. Egay, Mr. Carlos M. Egay, Senior Private Secretary, together with the officers and members of CAFACO and the PESO Manager Mr. David Nueda.

Mrs. Teresita A. Natad, Chairperson of CAFACO expressed her gratitude for the additional funds provided by DOLE for their project. “This enhancement assistance is a big help for the farmers to increase production of their goods”, she said.

CAFACO is already operating for about 22 years with 71 members.  The first release for this project was on December 2012 amounting to P490,149.82 for raising 600 chickens, and for constructing brooder house, poultry house and the stock room for the eggs. This project of CAFACO brought them the award as the Best Livelihood Project in the Province of Surigao del Norte in which they became representive to the regional level this 2018.

After the search for the Best Livelihood Project last February, the officers and members of CAFACO submitted proposal to DOLE for the enhancement of their project aiming to continually help the members and to provide indirect employment to the people of Gigaquit, and to supply the increasing demand of egg in the market.

Kabuhayan Enhancement is the second component of the DILEEP which provides  additional capital to the existing livelihood undertakings such as the chicken egg production of CAFACO to enable them to grow into viable and sustainable business.

Romelyn B. Bactol