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Cong. PJ opens livelihood program for 3rd District
By: Mylen Manto | Published Wednesday, August 5, 2020
While in Barili for the relaunch of the town’s tourism activities last August 2, Deputy Speaker and 3rd District Congressman Pablo John Garcia announced the livelihood program he will be implementing for Cebu’s 3rd district. (Junjie Mendoza)

Deputy Speaker and 3rd District Congressman Pablo John Garcia will implement a livelihood program for his constituents and the microbusinesses in Cebu's third district who were mostly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a press conference on Sunday, August 2 in Barili town, the congressman said the grantees of the program dubbed as "Panginabuhi Jud" will be announced on Saturday, August 8. 

“Wa ko mag-expect nga ingon niana kadaghan ang mag-apply. I think almost 2,000 man siguro ang ni-apply,” he said.

Through the program, grantees will be given P5,000 cash to re-establish their businesses or start up a new one. They will also be given the freedom to choose what business to venture on.

“We might grant more people ani nga panginabuhi. Kani gud, this is not public funds, this is private funds from myself, my family and my friends who want to help the third district,” he said. 

“Yes, they know better than us kon unsay kinahanglan. Kon unsay negosyo nga mo-click sa ilang lugar,” he added.

The congressman also shared the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) committed to conduct a training for the grantees to equip them of the basic entrepreneurial skills and business knowledge.

Garcia said the program was created after many establishments closed and constituents lost their jobs after Cebu was placed under community quarantine. 

“Nganong na-create na nga program? Kay katong pila na ta ka buwan under ECQ, GCQ murag nakita nato nga daghan gyud kaayo sa atong mga kaigsuonan sa third district nga ang number one problem ang ilang panginabuhi, lisod kaayo ang panginabuhi. So, kadtong medyo ni-ease na ang restrictions atong naplanohan nga diri ta motabang,” he explained.  

After studying data on Covid-19 cases in Cebu Province for over four months, Garcia said it is vital to revive the livelihood of the people in the third district. 

On August 2, the municipality of Barili launched its All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Adventure led by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia which jumpstarted the opening of the town's tourism activities, bringing back jobs for the tourism industry workers in the town. (Mylen Manto)