The City of Taguig, under the leadership of Mayor Lani Cayetano, marked the Philippines' 126th Independence Day with a series of empowering activities aimed at addressing hunger and poverty. The celebration, themed "Kalayaan Laban sa Gutom at Kahirapan" (Freedom from Hunger and Poverty), took place at Taguig National High School in Barangay New Lower Bicutan and the Lakeshore Tent in Barangay Lower Bicutan.

In partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR), the city government rolled out an array of support measures for over 200 beneficiaries, including fire victims and indigent families.

The assistance provided included food cart livelihood packages, financial literacy seminars, business registration aid, and medical checkups for food business operators.

Mayor Lani Cayetano, who initiated this livelihood program in 2018, reaffirmed her commitment to helping Taguigeños achieve financial independence. She assured beneficiaries of continued support, including help with obtaining necessary business permits and additional financial aid of PHP 5,000 for other business needs.

“Ensuring food business operators protect themselves, their families, and their customers is part of being a responsible entrepreneur. The City Government of Taguig offers express services to teach you the proper way to register your businesses. For me, having opportunities as an entrepreneur means you also need to be taught the correct way of registering your livelihood,” Mayor Lani emphasized.

The event was graced by DOLE-NCR Supervising Labor and Employment Officer, Engr. Elmer Ducusin, who expressed his ongoing support for Taguig’s initiatives. Key speakers from the Cooperative Development Office and Sanitation Office provided essential training on Entrepreneur Readiness and Basic Food Safety, while the City Nutrition Office demonstrated cost-effective food preparation techniques.

Anabel Chaves, a beneficiary from Barangay Western Bicutan, expressed her profound gratitude. “As a beneficiary, this is a great relief for me because not only are we fire victims, but I am also a single parent. I am experienced in business, having run a car wash before, but rising water and electricity costs forced me to stop. I am extremely thankful to Mayor Lani Cayetano because aside from this, my youngest child, who is about to graduate from college, is also a Taguig scholar. This is an overwhelming blessing.”

Maryjoy D. Rapsing from Barangay Fort Bonifacio shared similar sentiments. After losing everything in a fire, the cash assistance from the city prevented her family from feeling completely devastated. “The initial support is perfect, and I will work hard to grow the business so that we can eventually give back to those who helped us. Thank you so much, Mayor Lani. Because of you, we will keep fighting.”

The Independence Day celebration in Taguig showcased the city’s commitment to uplifting its residents through sustainable livelihood programs, reflecting a true spirit of independence and community solidarity.

Source: Taguig PIOTaguig PIO


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