Kapalong, Davao del Norte – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP) Program will disperse 40 Starter Kits each for the Enhanced Cow-Raising and Carabao-Raising livelihood projects of  MCCT-IP beneficiaries in Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte.

The turnover ceremony will be held at Barangay Sua-on, Kapalong on March 17.

“MCCT-IP beneficiaries of Barangay Gupitan already trained on cow- and carabao-raising last February. The training was facilitated by their Municipal Agriculture Office. A total of Php 1,592,000.00-worth of starter kits will be distributed on Thursday,” said DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

“Barangay Gupitan is an upland area with a high rate of poverty incidence. Due to its vast area of rolling green mountain ranges, it is very ideal for cow- and carabao-raising. The process, however, of identifying their target livelihood projects was through consultation wherein beneficiaries decided on the type of livelihood endeavors they want to pursue,” Director Jabagat said.

Complementing Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP) Program which caters to families belonging to the Indigenous Peoples living in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA). At present, there are 29,966 total beneficiaries situated in Davao City and all five provinces in Davao Region. (DSWD)