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Standing tall through the challenges of life


Increasing poverty rate, underemployment, deteriorating market on organic farming, and scarce access to food supply are just some of the challenges of residents in Barangay Apayao, Piat, Cagayan. The presence of undue influence from left-leaning organizations in the area also pose a threat to the safety and security of the residents. The situation has led residents to lose hope, but instead of allowing negative thoughts to curtail their lives, they choose to face their struggles head on.

Through the initiative of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Piat, Cagayan and convergence of various government efforts, the Itawes Organic Farmers’ Association (IOFA) was formed and applied for a livelihood assistance program at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). They underwent a series of entrepreneurial training to capacitate them for their business undertaking. The association established a Bigasan Center to respond to the accessibility problem of food supply in their area.

The IOFA is committed to its community in providing affordable commodities, alleviating the burden of the residents on the accessibility of food supply, and generating income for aspiring small retailers. The first rollout of their business operation was overwhelmingly positive.

The IOFA Bigasan Center was also established and became an integral part of the economic growth of the said municipality. It expanded its line by adding animal feed retail due to the increase in their sales. The thriving business of the IOFA even led to the establishment of small rice and feeds retailers across seven (7) adjacent barangays.

Some of the members who underwent skills and basic entrepreneurship training also shared their knowledge to their families and aspiring future entrepreneurs. The association also distributes relief packs, burial assistance, and set-up community pantries as part of its community service to their barangay.

Meanwhile, the residents of Barangay Apayao and the 7 adjacent barangays no longer have to walk for quite a distance just to buy rice and animal feeds. The IOFA purchased a delivery cart to directly deliver all the goods for free to the households of their customers.

The members who were once deprived of opportunity are now the beacons of hope and opportunity to some of the residents in their barangay and neighbor barangays. ###

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