Last May 30, 2017, Mayor Ferdie V. Estrella accepted the check amounting to 1 million from the Provincial Office of the Department of Trade and Industry during the ceremonial Check Turnover and Launching of BUB Project Tindahan sa Nayon. Also present on the event were representatives from civic organizations and the heads of local agencies from the treasury, employment, nutrition and community affairs.
The allocation was re-aligned for the Municipal Nutrition Office to fund the proposed livelihood project for the parents of underweight children in lieu of the administration’s commitment to revolutionize the Nutrition Program in the locality. The plan is to deem away from the usual feeding programs and instead provide economic opportunities for the parents and in the end, foster independence among its target clients.
DTI Provincial Director Zorina Aldana, who spearheaded the ceremony, further commended the movement of the administration to breakaway from the usual beneficiaries of the Bottom Up Budget to render the most marginalized groups of people in the community.
The project is expected to benefit 45 families with severely underweight children through the establishment of two livelihood souces. One option is the establishment of sari-sari stores that will market edible products bearing the Sangkap Pinoy Seal. Another is the production of oyster mushrooms to supply the needs of a targeted market and that of Baliwag’s very own Pasalubong Center.