CATARMAN, Northern Samar, April 24 — The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Regional Task Force 8 to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF8-ELCAC) met via Zoom consolidating each member-agency efforts in providing services to target barangays in the province of Northern Samar.

Initiated and hosted by TESDA Regional Director Gamaliel Vicente Jr., chair of PRLE Cluster, the presentation of programs and accomplishments was done.

TESDA Northern Samar has provided trainings, distributed starter toolkits and implements Barangay Development Projects amounting to more than P4 million to 271 beneficiaries.

The intervention of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Northern Samar include the deployment of two units Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) including the conduct of Administrator’s and User’s Training.

In addition, DOST also facilitated the establishment of water purification system facility inclusive of training on the operation and maintenance of the system, establishment of an impeller rice mill facility including the conduct of training on the operation and maintenance of the system, and provision of 20 and 30 units DOST-ITDI developed ceramic water filter.

The Department of Agriculture (DA), on the other hand, focused on the conduct of social preparation activity, training on goat production, distribution of assorted vegetable seeds, Kalamansi production and marketing, among others.

For the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), services centered on the conduct of livelihood seeding program, distribution of livelihood starter packages amounting to P419,000 and sari-sari store kits were distributed to 24 MSMEs affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) also provided CRFP-sustainability livelihood support for disaster affected areas in Barangay Calantiao, Bobon in particular.

Also mentioned in the report are the peace and security and transportation assistance and services provided by the 20th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police.

Accordingly, DSWD’s SLP also provides livelihood assistance thru complementing the interventions already provided by other cluster members.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources on the other hand provides aquaculture and technology trainings with CDA who can provide capability building in cooperative organization.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) also informed of their Enhanced National Greening Program implemented in some target barangays.

The six priority barangays in Northern Samar where interventions of PRLE Cluster are focused incl Barangay Calantiao of Bobon, Barangay Quezon of Catarman, Barangay San Miguel of Las Navas and barangays Hitapi-an, Osang and Nagoocan of Catubig, Northern Samar. (ldl/ADiaz/PIA-N. Samar)