The pandemic brought about restrictions in mobility, limited transport of goods, and closing of markets, which has greatly affected livelihood of communities. As such, Hedcor—the run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower, finds value in helping its partner communities recover through livelihood assistance.
In partnership with Aboitiz Foundation (AFI), Hedcor will aid in the implementation of the P450,000-worth livelihood recovery program through the provision of Egg Machines to four different associations in Bukidnon and Davao del Sur. This initiative is part of a bigger program by AFI titled “Restart: Aboitiz Foundation Recovery Program for Partner Cooperatives.” It involves provision of in-kind donations (Re-Starter kits) and/or training to select cooperatives nationwide.
These egg machines are complete with ready-to-lay hens, as well as rearing cages with built-in feeding through a waterer. As such, it is named egg machine because it is able to produce eggs regularly within a period of 16 months.
Aside from the aforementioned, the livelihood assistance will also cover a month’s supply of Pilmico’s poultry feeds and necessary training to be conducted by Pilmico’s Animal Production Specialists to help recipient associations take better care of their poultry and maximize their yield. All these efforts are for the purpose of improving income through poultry and boosting small-scale poultry farming in the area.
The partner associations who will be receiving such assistance include Dalirig Women Organization, Guihean Women’s Organization and Lingion Power Association Rural Improvement Club from Bukidnon, and the Tibolo Tribal Women’s Association from Davao del Sur.
In the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, partner cooperatives extended their gratitude for the collaboration.
“We would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Hedcor and Aboitiz Foundation for granting us with this livelihood project.” shares Jocelyn Litohon, President of Guihean Women’s Organization.
“This project will greatly help our organization to grow and develop. Moreso, this can also be a source of livelihood income for our organization which can be used for future purposes. Thank you so much!”
Hedcor has been in constant collaboration with associations in their partner communities since it began its hydro operations in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and Santa Cruz, Dava del Sur. These collaborations include capacity-building training on Leadership and Values Enhancement training and Business Continuity Planning.