Dvo. Or. town receives P2.3-M rubber projects

DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office XI, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), and the Provincial Government recently turned over a P2.3 million rubber production project to three farmers’ organization covering about 200 farmer beneficiaries in Tarragona town, here.

Implemented under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program on livelihood interventions, the project is part of the government’s bid to intensify efforts in peace and development in the communities through poverty alleviation.

A total of 40,000 rubber seedlings ready for planting to 200 hectares of farmlands in the villages of Ompao, Tomoaong, and Tubaon were turned over. Also provided are 1,100 bags of organic fertilizer, 200 bottles of organic foliar fertilizer and 96 pieces of farming tools.

These interventions were received by three farmer associations, namely: Ompao Muslim-Christian Cooperative (OMCC), Tomoaong United Lumad Association for Development (TULAD) and Ugbo Tubaon Mandaya Planters Association (UTMPA).

DA-Regional Focal Person for PAMANA Program Enya Celoso said during the turn over ceremony that the project hopes to provide long-term and sustainable means of livelihood to small farmers here.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon lauded the initiatives of the DA and the OPAPP for providing help to farmers who really need government aid. She said that the provincial government, as well, will not cease in providing support to farmers and pour out funds for projects that will address hunger and poverty. “Lasting peace can be achieved if the basic needs of the people are addressed. I am convinced more than ever that winning peace is just winning the hearts and minds of the people and a simple way of winning the hearts is by being sensitive and responsive to what matters most to them.”

Meanwhile, she urged the beneficiaries to take advantage of this opportunity and to maximize this project for their benefit. “The government is not asking for anything in return but your cooperation,” she told the beneficiaries, noting that the government’s efforts may be laid to waste if the people will not work to help themselves improve.

PAMANA is one of the many programs initiated by the national government intended to promote lasting peace by means of provision of livelihood and necessary rural infrastructures to far-flung, conflict-affected communities.

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