DA 11 continues to provide projects in conflict-affected areas

The Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 vowed to continue its support to conflict-affected areas through PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan at Pangkaunlaran) program.

In 2014, a total of seven farm-to-market roads (FMRs) under PAMANA project are on its pre-implementation phase. The beneficiaries are from the municipality of Cateel in Davao Oriental, Monkayo and Compostela in Compostela Valley Province, Talaingod and Panabo City in Davao del Norte, Magsaysay in Davao del Sur and Malita in Davao Occidental.

Currently, three FMRs under PAMANA is being prepared for implementation in the region, one in Davao del Sur and two in Compostela Valley Province.

Agriculture regional director Remelyn R. Recoter said there are still a lot of PAMANA projects like livelihood and FMRs to be implemented to various parts of Davao region.

“To the Dabawenyos who are lucky to receive assistance like these, we hope that you will take good care and sustain the project. It is like saying that many are called but few are chosen, so you are very fortunate,” Recoter added.

On the other hand, one of the successful PAMANA livelihood projects is found in Barangay Aliwagwag Cateel, Davao Oriental and its beneficiary is the Aliwagwag Farmers Multipurpose Association (AFMA).

Since the residents of the said barangay depends on upland rice as their source of income, the PAMANA project under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) together with DA and provincial government of Davao Oriental granted the association with upland rice production and post-harvest facilities (single pass rice mill) worth P750, 000 in 2013.

According to Marlyn Borja, AFMA president, the project has helped a lot in terms of increasing their income and it somehow alleviate the poverty rate of their community.

“We thanked the national government for giving us the chance to improve our income. Rest assured that we will take good care of the project,” Borja said. 

In July last year, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) lauded DA's implementation of various agricultural projects in the 10th Infantry Agila Division’s area of responsibility making the agency its active ally in forging peace and development.

These include conduct of trainings and seminars, employing practical and efficient farming techniques and methods thereby increasing farm productions and enhancing the living condition of the beneficiaries particularly the rebel returnees and their families. (Che Palicte - DA11) 

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