DA, IP’s sign MOA for Marilog Stock Farm

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala led the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Tuesday together with the Obu-Manuvu and Matigsalog tribal leaders and clans for the Development and Operationalization of the Marilog Stock Farm, Research and Development Center in Marilog, Davao City recently.

Under the Presidential Proclamation No. 589 by then president Fidel V. Ramos, the 514 hectare land was declared as civil reservation for stock farm and research center site of DA 11.

This law also creates the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) an office under the Office of the President and shall be the primary government agency responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies, plans and programs to recognize, protect and promote the rights of Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples.

Alcala thanked the presence of the Indigenous People (IP) who gathered during the MOA signing and assured them that there will be series of help from the government that will be given to the tribes.

“Nagpapasalamat ako at nag face to face na tayo. Gusto ko na sa pagkakataong ito ay maghihiwalay tayo na alam nating lahat ang obligasyon ng pamahalaan at kung ano yung iexpect ng pamahalaan na galling sa IP’s,” Alcala stressed.

The secretary also heard the demands of the IP’s which he positively accepted and have suggested some possible solutions.

Alcala directed DA 11 regional director Remelyn R. Recoter to check on the status of the IP’s job order workers in the stock farm which were all IP’s as to acquire benefits such as Social Security System (SSS) and Philhealth.

The secretary also assured that he will be giving out massive skill orientation and training to some members of the Obu-Manuvu and Matigsalog tribes.   

 “Bibigyan natin sila ng training, ipasok natin sa TESDA at gagastusan po yan ng DA,” Alcala added.

Above all, the secretary also offered scholarships to five qualified students of the Obu-Manuvu and Matigsalog tribes through Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fun (ACEF) Scholarship Program.

The ACEF allows a student to choose from any agricultural courses.

The qualified student will be given full amount of tuition fees and other school fees for four years and a monthly stipend.

On the part of the IP’s, Lipatuan Joel Unad of the Obu-Manuvu tribe assured the agriculture sector that they will abide the rules and help on the development of the stock farm.

“Sana gawin din natin ang ating obligasyon. Sa pamamagitan ng paglagda natin sa MOA isipin natin na matutulungan tayo nang pamahalaan. Lahat ng napagkasunduan natin ay para sa ating lahat at sa ikabubuti ng ating pangkabuhayan,” Unad explained.(Aggie Media Service)