The Department of Agriculture in Region 11 (DA-11) provided assistance to  Ata Manuvu tribe during the recent serbisyo caravan held in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

Over P323,950 worth of industrial fruit seedlings, vegetable seeds and livestock biologics were provided by DA 11 to hundreds of Indigenous People (IP).

Industrial seedlings  distributed include 3,000 coffee seedlings, 4,000 cacao seedlings, 1,000 durian seedlings, 60 packs OPV corn seeds, 20 packs mungo seeds, 700 packs vegetable seeds, 2,500 camote cuttings, 100 cassava bundles and biologics.

The two-day activity which was initiated by the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA) XI  aimed to extend government services to the town’s remote communities to help residents improve their livelihood which is basically farming.

About ¾ of Talaingod’s population were composed of the Ata Manuvu Tribe. During the caravan’s dialogue,  tribal leaders ventilate their need for access roads to facilitate  transport their produce.

Tribal leaders also expressed their volatile peace and order situation have greatly affected their livelihood. They are hopeful that if more investments will be poured in the area their lethargic communities will be dynamic and peace and order will improve.

Datu Luganya-an Sigan-a , tribal leader of the Ata Manuvu said that he is thankful for the support that was given by the government agencies especially to the agriculture sector.

“Ako nalipay ug nagapasalamat na natagaan ko ug seeds kay aron ako makatanom kaysa  muadto pa ta sa ubos ug mamalit ug gulayon  (I am very happy and thankful that I received the vegetable seeds for I will no longer buy it in town), Sigan-a added.

Other agencies gave conditional cash transfer, distributed 6 kilos of rice, canned goods, noodles, mosquito nets, fingerlings, constructed school buildings, roads, deployed nurses, doctors, teachers, etc.

Ma. Febe Orbe, DA 11 assistant regional director for operations said that the Serbisyo Caravan has become a whole Nation Initiative (WNI) as part of the peace process.

“Eventually, the economic development will spur in the area as the national and local governments are working together for the completion of road access, health & wellness, livelihood, employment and eco-tourism projects,” she added.

The Serbisyo Caravan is a quarterly activity of national government agencies since 2011 which gives one-stop government services to rural folks in far-flung areas who are not able to normally receive immediate healthcare, legal, and agricultural services. (Che Palicte/Nitt Marie Lantaya DA-11)

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