Through the cooperation of the different line agencies in Region 10, the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) was officially launched at Sitio Kibulag, Brgy. Lantud, Talakag, Bukidnon on June 30, 2020 with Higaonons and Maranaos as the identified beneficiaries.

The PRLEC initiative is one of the convergence programs under the Executive Order. 70 which aims to deliver the services of the government in a straight line – pointing towards to communities that has been deserted and deprived of opportunities and affluence in the society. This is part of the present administration’s efforts to promote and act upon sustainable and inclusive peace.

Highlights of the launching includes turn-over of the programs and projects to the IP community, and the information and “Serbisyo Caravan” of the different partner agencies. Among the participating line agencies are LGU-Bukidnon,  CDA-10, DA-10, DAR-10, NM-DBP, DENR-10, DepEd-10, DOLE-10, DOST-10, DSWD-10, DTI-10, NCIP-10, NIA-10, NICA-10, PIA-10, PNP-10, 403rd IB, DOH-10 and TESDA- 10 as the chair agency.

DSWD-10 and TESDA-10 handed over 100 and 150 relief goods respectively. DTI-10 turned over 20 knapsack sprayers and opened their Negosyo Center to the products of the IPs. DA-10 also turned over agricultural programs such as Corn Program, Rice Program, High Value Crops Development Program, and the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) amounting to P425,700.00 to the whole of the Sitio Kibulag community. Meanwhile, DOLE-10 handed over Certificate of Entitlements for Toolkits for the 21 IPs trained in Masonry and Carpentry last year by TESDA PTC-Bukidnon. DENR-10 thru its CENRO-Talakag also handed-over cash assistance to 11 NGP beneficiaries.

For the major PRLEC project, TESDA-X unveiled the proposed Multi-purpose IP Hub which is projected to be used as a meeting Hall, a small-scale classroom or training area, and other cultural activities of the IPs.

As a representative of TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, Director Lorenzo G. Macapili, TESDA OIC-Deputy Director General in his message reiterated that the PRLEC is not a sole program of TESDA but a convergence program of all government agencies wherein everyone portrays a vital role. He also mentioned that the objective of PRLEC is to institute a sustainable and valuable programs that could upkeep their present economic and social complexities.

Hence, TESDA-X Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi, CESO III, Chair of the PRLEC, asked for the full cooperation of the IPs and continue to accord their full cooperation and participation from the start of the project implementation towards completion.  She further earnestly urged the people in Sitio Kibulag to remain positive, because this initiatives of the present authority is setting to do the noblest and worthiest undertaking for the interest of the IP community.