Last February 23, 2017, the DOLE Romblon FO, headed by Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores awarded a total of P1.2M financial grants to three associations in the municipality of Alcantara. The grants are for Longon Camili Agrarian Reform Cooperative (LCARC, formerly Longon Multi – Purpose Cooperative) and Alcantara Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (ALTODA), and were given through the Local Government Unit of Alcantara. The financial grant for Tugdan Fisheries Processors Association, on the other hand, was awarded through the Barangay Local Government Unit of Alcantara.
Hon. Mayor Eddie Lota was represented by Hon. Vice Mayor Jovito Gamul Jr. who thanked DOLE for the financial assistance given to them. The said financial assistance will not only help the members of the associations but the locals of Alcantara as well. Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores expressed happiness because the LCARC was given the fund to buy turmeric plantains as promised by the department to them. The ALTODA, on the other hand will be able to start a livelihood project concerning the Establishment of the Tricycle Spare Parts Supply that will benefit not only their members but also clients from other municipalities. For the Tugdan Fisheries Processors Association, they were reminded to make products that will be displayed in the Tugdan Airport. Their products will also be used to promote tourism in the municipality.
Then, Mr. Arnel Galicia, representative of LCARC, thanked the department for the big privilege and promised to use the fund for their turmeric production, not only for the cooperative’s members but for the farmers as well. For the ALTODA, Mr. Luisito Mirambil thanked DOLE Romblon because they will be able to start a livelihood project to help them, and promised, “Asahan nyo pong papalaguin namin ito at hindi kayo mabibigo”. Ms Nelia Ramirez, the president of Tugdan Fisheries, thanked God for making the Department an instrument for the betterment of their livelihood project. “Umasa po kayo na palalaguin namin ito sa tulong ng Diyos, at ng mga miyembro at ng iba pang kaagapay at katuwang namin,” she remarked.
The Longon Camili Agrarian Reform Cooperative (LCARC, formerly Longon Multi – Purpose Cooperative) received Php253,500.00 for the Turmeric Production and Processing, Alcantara Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (ALTODA) received Php510,000.00 for Establishment of Tricycle Spare Parts Supply. Lastly, Tugdan Fisheries Processors Association received Php437,800.00 for their Seaweeds Processing.