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Republic of the Philippines

Congress of the Philippines


Metro Manila
Fourteenth Congress
Second Regular Session
Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-eight day of July, two thousand
eight.
Republic Act No. 9509 October 2! 200"
AN AC# $S#A%&'S('N) &'*$&'(OO+ AN+ S,'&&S #RA'N'N) C$N#$RS
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P-RPOS$S
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress
assembled::
Section . Title.0 This Act shall be known as the 1Barangay Livelihood and Skills Act of
20081.
Section 2. Declaration of Policy. - It is hereby declared a policy of the tate to:
!a" gi#e the highest priority to social refor$ and focus its inter#ention to po#erty
alle#iation through rural e$power$ent%
!b" ensure that national econo$ic de#elop$ent progra$s will pro$ote the
diffusion and $ore e&uitable distribution of opportunities, inco$e and wealth
across all pro#inces, cities and $unicipalities in the country%
!c" stri#e to enhance the &uality of life for all its citi'ens, especially the
underpri#ileged, by e(panding their capacities for econo$ic producti#ity and
increase their inco$es to enable the$ to a#ail of essential goods and ser#ices for
their own direct benefit% and
!d" pursue rural de#elop$ent with social inclusion.
Section 2. Obectives. - )ursuant to the afore$entioned policies, this Act shall ha#e the
following ob*ecti#es:
!a" To pro$ote and support the establish$ent and $aintenance of li#elihood and
skills training centers in e#ery fourth, fifth and si(th class $unicipalities%
!b" To ensure that all li#elihood and skills training being offered by the
go#ern$ent are properly coordinated and i$ple$ented at the $unicipal and
barangay le#els%
!c" To ensure that a#ailable li#elihood and skills training are $ade a#ailable to
barangay co$$unities that need the $ost help fro$ the go#ern$ent%
!d" To ensure that the training needs of barangay co$$unities based on local
de#elop$ent plans are properly identified and ade&uately pro#ided% and
!e" To prioriti'e rural areas with the highest po#erty incidence in the pro#ision of
progra$s and ser#ices under this Act.
Section 3. !stablish"ent of a Livelihood and Skills Training #enter. - A li#elihood and
skills training center, hereinafter referred to as the +,enter+, shall be established in e#ery
fourth, fifth and si(th class $unicipalities: Provided, That other $unicipalities shall be
co#ered by this Act upon deter$ination of the -ational Anti-)o#erty ,o$$ission
!-A),", taking into account the $unicipality.s population density and de$ographic
status, po#erty incidence, inco$e class, le#el of econo$ic de#elop$ent, e$ploy$ent and
producti#ity le#els, abundance of raw $aterials which ha#e potential for co$$ercial
production, and the a#ailability and accessibility of e(isting li#elihood skills training
progra$s and ser#ices.
Section 5. Po$ers and %&nctions of the #enter. - The ,enter shall pro#ide educational
and instructional acti#ities designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of
intended beneficiaries and to better prepare the$ to engage in gainful e$ploy$ent and/or
entrepreneurship. It shall ha#e the following powers and functions:
!a" ,onduct periodic training needs deter$ination and skills $apping of
barangays within their *urisdiction: Provided, That the ,enter shall coordinate
closely with the local de#elop$ent councils, the local planning offices and other
national and local go#ern$ent offices to deter$ine and orchestrate the li#elihood
training skills re&uired by the rural barangays concerned%
!b" 0ather infor$ation and $aintain an in#entory of all e(isting li#elihood and
skills training under the #arious progra$s of the go#ern$ent%
!c" ,oordinate the pro#ision of li#elihood and skills training and institute
$easures to ensure that such trainings are responsi#e to the needs of the
barangays concerned%
!d" ,oordinate and orchestrate the conduct of li#elihood and skills training
independently or in partnership with national go#ern$ent agencies, pri#ate sector
or ci#il society organi'ations%
!e" 1acilitate the de#elop$ent and i$ple$entation of capability-building
progra$s and ser#ices that will ensure effecti#e skills de#elop$ent and target the
$ost nu$ber of people and co$$unities in poor barangays%
!f" 2e#elop its capability to de#ise and for$ulate training curricula and training
designs%
!g" 2e#elop its own capacity as a resource center for li#elihood and skills training
by de#eloping in-house trainors to pro#ide training ser#ices%
!h" Monitor and e#aluate the progress of the indi#iduals or groups undergoing
training as well as the i$ple$entation of training progra$s and ser#ices to ensure
that such progra$s and ser#ices are rele#ant and useful to the needs of the
co$$unities% and
!i" 3nsure that the ,enter is networked with go#ern$ent efforts co#ering other
aspects of li#elihood de#elop$ent such as $arketing and financing, under the
li#elihood de#elop$ent syste$.
Section 4. #reation of a '&nici(al Advisory Board. - The $unicipal go#ern$ents shall
be responsible for instituting and $aintaining the ,enter with the assistance of a
Municipal Ad#isory Board to be chaired by the $unicipal $ayor and to be co$posed of
the representati#es fro$ the following stakeholders:
!a" Business organi'ations, cha$ber of co$$erce and cooperati#es%
!b" Micro, s$all and $ediu$-scale enterprises%
!c" 4ural bankers%
!d" ,i#il society organi'ations% and
!e" )eople.s organi'ations undertaking li#elihood and skills training.
The following shall act as ex officio $e$bers of the Municipal Ad#isory Board:
!a" )ro#incial officer of the 2epart$ent of the Interior and 5ocal 0o#ern$ent%
!b" )ro#incial officer of the 2epart$ent of Agriculture%
!c" )ro#incial officer of the 2epart$ent of Trade and Industry% and
!d" )ro#incial officer of the Technical 3ducation and kills 2e#elop$ent
Authority.
Section 5. Po$ers and %&nctions of the '&nici(al Advisory Board. - The Municipal
Ad#isory Board, through the leadership of the $unicipal $ayor, shall pro#ide policy
ad#ice and direction to guide the de#elop$ent of plans, progra$s and acti#ities of the
,enter. It shall also de#elop infor$ation, education and co$$unication plan to pro$ote
the ,enter.
Section ". Progra" and Service. - The ,enter shall pro#ide i#elihood and skills training
ser#ices that will de#elop indi#idual and/or collecti#e knowledge, skills and attitudes of
residents in co$$unities, for the purpose of enhancing their capability to engage in $ore
producti#e e$ploy$ent and/or entreprenuership. This includes, but shall not be li$ited
to, trainings on:
!a" 2e#elop$ent of practical skills for ho$e-based, #iable inco$e generating
pro*ects such as backyard gardening, a&uaculture and li#estock raising, and other
such endea#ors that $ake use of the a#ailable resources within the co$$unity%
!b" Business de#elop$ent ser#ices such as product design and de#elop$ent,
$arketing and pro$otions%
!c" Basic entrepreneurial $anage$ent, financial literacy, organi'ational
de#elop$ent and other such trainings%
!d" ,o$$unity participation skills de#elop$ent to pro$ote and ad#ance the
barangay residents. awareness and application of co$$unity $obili'ation
approaches, cooperati#e syste$s and techni&ues to create li#elihood
opportunities, and participatory i$ple$entation of li#elihood progra$s and
pro*ects%
!e" 6ccupational ha'ard and safety, labor rights, and #alues that pro$ote the
general welfare, de#elop people e$power$ent, self-reliance, and self-help% and
!f" ustainable de#elop$ent and en#iron$ent-friendly li#elihood technologies.
Section 9. !stablish"ent of Satellite and 'obile Training #enters. - The ,enters shall
establish a satellite or $obile li#elihood and skills training center in a barangay or a
cluster of barangays where dee$ed necessary by the $unicipal $ayor to ensure that the
skills training to be pro#ided reach the intended beneficiaries: Provided, That the satellite
or $obile centers shall pro#ide the progra$ and ser#ice of a ,enter as pro#ided for under
this Act.
Any pri#ate person, group, organi'ation or business entity $ay sponsor the
establish$ent, operation and/or $aintenance of a satellite or $obile center in any
barangay or cluster of barangays: Provided, That the acti#ities, progra$s and pro*ects of
the sponsored satellite center are consistent with the ob*ecti#es of this Act and the priority
training needs of the co$$unity as identified by the $unicipal li#elihood and skills
training center.
Section 0. O(eration and 'aintenance of #enters. - The ,enter and its satellites $ust
be located in an area which is safe and accessible to the residents.
!a" Maintenance - The $unicipal go#ern$ent shall ensure that the ,enters are
supported by appropriate network of organi'ational support syste$s and
$echanis$s, including hu$an resource.
!b" uper#ision - The $unicipal $ayor shall ha#e o#erall super#ision o#er the
progra$s and ser#ices offered by the ,enters: Provided, That the Municipal
Ad#isory Board shall pro#ide assistance and guidance in organi'ing,
strengthening and sustaining the ,enters hereinafter created.
!c" )ersonnel - The personnel co$ponent of the ,enter shall depend on the si'e of
the population in the barangays which for$ part of its ser#ice area. The $unicipal
$ayor shall appoint a Municipal Training ,oordinator !MT," who shall ser#e in a
full-ti$e capacity.
The MT, shall o#ersee the day-to-day operations of the ,enter. The MT, $ust
be capable of super#ising the planning and the i$ple$entation of ser#ices offered
by the ,enter in coordination with other rele#ant $unicipal officers such as, but
not li$ited to, the Municipal )lanning and 2e#elop$ent ,oordinator, the
Agriculture 6fficer and the )ublic 3$ploy$ent er#ice 6fficer.
The $unicipal $ayor shall deter$ine the nu$ber of staff co$ple$ent and appoint
the sa$e who shall assist the MT, in discharging its duties. Additional $anpower
for the ,enters $ay include the following:
!7" 6fficers and $e$bers of barangay councils%
!8" 9olunteers fro$ the pri#ate or public sector, including staff of the
sangguniang barangay, $e$bers of socio-ci#ic organi'ations, out-of-
school youth or students on #acation% and
!:" tudents enrolled in practicu$ courses such as the on-the-*ob trainees.
!d" 1unding - The $unicipal go#ern$ent shall set aside funds fro$ any a#ailable
local re#enues in an a$ount dee$ed appropriate by the $unicipal officials
concerned for the operation and $aintenance of the ,enter and their satellite
centers, if any.
Section . )ole of the *ational +overn"ent. - The national go#ern$ent shall pro$ote
and guarantee the establish$ent of the ,enters and assist local go#ern$ents in instituting
and $aintaining such ,enters and in ensuring the effecti#eness of the ser#ices being
pro#ided.
The -ational Anti-)o#erty ,o$$ission !-A)," shall adopt guidelines for identifying
additional $unicipalities to be co#ered under this Act as pro#ided for under ection ;.
The 2epart$ent of the Interior and 5ocal 0o#ern$ent !2I50" and the Technical
3ducation and kills 2e#elop$ent Authority !T32A" shall *ointly de#elop and
i$ple$ent, within two !8" years fro$ the effecti#ity of this Act, a progra$ to facilitate
the establish$ent of the ,enters in the $unicipalities co#ered herein: Provided, That the
T32A shall allocate twenty-fi#e percent !8<=" of its total annual appropriations for the
de#elop$ent, e#aluation, $onitoring and accreditation of for$al and non-for$al
technical, #ocational, education and training, for this purpose.
All national go#ern$ent agencies that conduct or render co$$unity-based li#elihood and
skills training shall de#elop annual training progra$s specifically for the $unicipalities
co#ered under this Act: Provided, That said agencies shall allocate funding for such
progra$s out of their annual appropriations: Provided, further, That the agencies shall
coordinate with the ,enters for the i$ple$entation of such progra$s and shall sub$it an
annual acco$plish$ent report on the sa$e to the -A),. The -A), shall consolidate the
sub$issions of the agencies and sub$it to ,ongress a consolidated acco$plish$ent
report and reco$$endations for the effecti#e i$ple$entation of this Act.
Section 2. Donations. - The ,enter $ay recei#e donations or be&uests of property or
ser#ices which shall be utili'ed only for the i$ple$entation of the progra$. uch
donations or be&uests of property shall be co#ered by the pro#isions of the -ational
Internal 4e#enue ,ode !-I4," e(e$pting such fro$ ta(es and other fees and/or
procedures.
Section 2. )e(ealing #la&se. - 5aws or part of laws, e(ecuti#e orders, circulars,
regulations and $e$oranda inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed or a$ended
accordingly.
Section 3. Se(arability #la&se. - If any pro#ision of this Act shall be held in#alid, the
re$aining pro#isions shall be gi#en full force and effect as co$pletely as if the pro#ision
held in#alid had not been included herein.
Section 5. !ffectivity #la&se. - This Act shall take effect fifteen !7<" days after its
co$plete publication in the Official Gaette or in at least two !8" newspapers of general
circulation.
Appro#ed
6Sgd.7 /ANN8 *'&&AR
)resident of the enate
6Sgd.7 PROSP$RO C.
NO)RA&$S
peaker of the >ouse of
4epresentati#e
This Act which is a consolidation of >ouse Bill -o. ;:;? and enate Bill -o. 8@?8 was
finally passed by the >ouse of 4epresentati#e and the enate on August <, 8@@A and
August 78, 8@@A, respecti#ely.
6Sgd.7 $//A &'R'O0R$8$S
ecretary of the enate
6Sgd.7 /AR'&8N %. %AR-A0
8AP
ecretary 0eneral
>ouse of 4epresentati#e
Appro#ed: OC# 2! 200"
!gd." )&OR'A /ACAPA)A&0ARRO8O
President of the Philippines

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