CURRENT STATE OF GOVERNMENT LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE TO THE PEOPLE’S ORGANIZATION IN KALINGA: AN ASSESSMENT
This study evaluates the effectiveness and sustainability of government livelihood assistance programs provided to the People's Organizations (POs) in Kalinga, Philippines. The study examines the current state of these programs, identifies the challenges the beneficiaries face, and provides recommendations for improvement. The research utilizes a mixed-methods approach, combining qualitative interviews and surveys with key stakeholders, including government officials, PO leaders, and program beneficiaries. Data analysis identifies patterns, themes, and common issues in implementing government livelihood assistance programs. Preliminary findings indicate that the status of livelihood assistance programs in Kalinga is still being developed to ensure their sustainability. Challenges identified include: 1) Need for more support in sustaining the programs. 2) Need for more funding. 3) Inadequate program design. 4) Limited capacity and skill development among the beneficiaries. The lack of hands-on monitoring by funding agencies and limited technical knowledge of the machinery provided are also significant concerns. The recommends enhancing and capacitating the leadership and business-oriented skills of the POs, improving the planning and distribution of livelihood assistance, implementing proper turnover processes, requiring stringent evaluation of aid recipients, and establishing regular monitoring and reporting mechanisms. This study contributes to understanding the current state of government livelihood assistance programs in Kalinga. It provides valuable insights for policymakers, government agencies, and stakeholders in poverty alleviation efforts. The findings and recommendations can inform the design and implementation of more effective and sustainable livelihood assistance programs, ultimately leading to improved socio-economic conditions for the beneficiaries and the overall development of Kalinga province.
Livelihood assistance; Sustainability; Poverty Alleviation