ILOILO CITY, April 14 (PNA) –- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 6 convergence of services “Tubong-Tubong” with Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other various government and non-government organizations will benefit four conflict areas in Panay island.

Tubong-tubong also means “bayanihan” where the agencies pool their resources and complement their programs to benefit local government units (LGUs) in Panay island and the whole of Western Visayas region.

The initial beneficiaries are LGUs of Tapaz, Capiz and Tubungan, Iloilo which were already able to receive livelihood assistance.

Tapaz received on Sept. 3 last year DOLE’s share of P950,000 for the implementation of P1.8 million Abaca Production Project for the 321 indigenous people who are residents of the town.

Tubungan Small Coconut Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative has been recipient of DOLE’s financial assistance in the tune of P997,612 for its Coconut Industry Development Project which is expected to benefit 72 members, 1,500 coconut farmers, 30 members of women’s organization, five persons with disabilities as well as 15 rebel returnees. The assistance was released on March 27, 2014 only.

The other two LGUs identified as “Tubong-Tubong” beneficiaries are Libacao in Aklan and San Remigio in Antique. They are also going to be recipient of the financial and technical support to be extended.

The town of Bingawan town in Iloilo province is also embracing the program as the fifth LGU, if ever.(PNA)