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“Let us help the community beneficiaries of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program in Kalinga Province help themselves.”

 

The advice was given by Engineer Domingo Bakilan, Provincial Agriculturist (PA) of Kalinga Province, in a message to local officials and participants of the SAAD consultation-workshop held last January 27, 2018 at the Golden Berries Convention Center, Tabuk City, Kalinga.

 

The SAAD consultation-workshop was undertaken with the beneficiaries to determine the program’s priority projects and activities in Kalinga next year (2019). 

 

To be able to carry-out his suggestion, PA Bakilan said that it is best done with camaraderie among the program’s implementers from the barangay all the way to the provincial levels. We can surely succeed if we will work hard, “hand-in-hand,” as a first step and a continuing approach through the end, he added.

 

The three municipalities that will be covered by the program are Balbalan, Pasil, and Tanudan with three barangays each.

 

The coverage barangays from the municipality of Balbalan are Balbalan Proper, Maling and Dao-angan; from the municipality of Pasil, the coverage areas are Pugong, Malucsad and Ableg; and barangays from the municipality of Tanudan are Dupligan, Mabaca and Pangol. These areas were selected based on the highest poverty incidence in a 2016 data gathered by the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO).

 

During the workshop, the participants identified priority crop commodities that they are engaged in and needs further development support with banana as the main commodity, and root crops as the alternative source of income specifically sweet potato, native ginger and turmeric, gabi and taro, and organic native pig.

 

Support and assistance to these commodities, according to the participants, must increase production, and improve quality of produce. With the program, the beneficiaries are seeking for the establishment of community enterprises and to provide alternative sources of income.

 

According to Mr. Caesar D. Lagon, OPAS-Kalinga Planning Officer, who presented the proposed Work and Financial Plan (WFP), banana production was chosen by the beneficiaries as their main commodity because it can assure them an increase in their income.  Banana has been determined to be a suitable crop in the locality and has a favorable market in the Province throughout the year.

 

The proposed budget for the implementation of SAAD in Kalinga starting next year is around 60M.

 

To establish a smooth implementation of SAAD, Bakilan requested for a proper coordination with the governor to issue an Executive Order (EO) for the creation of a Provincial Program Management Office (PPMO). The PPMO will lead the SAAD’s implementation in the provincial level.

 

 

The activity was attended by the National Program Management Office (NPMO) staff headed by SAAD Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan, PA Domingo Bakilan, the different Municipal Agriculturists (MA’s) of the three municipalities, the different barangay captains of the identified priority barangays and Department of Agriculture (DA)-CAR staff.// Leny Mendoza

 

 

 

 

Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan does not see poverty leaving his landlocked province until after three years.

 

The governor aired that grim assessment during a workshop consultation for the implementation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) for FY 2019 held last January 29, 2018 in Bontoc, Mountain Province.

 

SAAD is a six-year locally funded project under the Department of Agriculture that focuses on the most marginalized agricultural and fishery sectors in the country. It aims to alleviate poverty of poor farmers and fisherfolks through providing agricultural and fishery livelihood-related projects to its target beneficiaries. Implementation of the project already started in 2017 with Apayao as the first Cordillera province covered.

 

In his message, governor Lacwasan reiterated the importance of cooperation and support among the barangay captains under the coverage of the program to implement the program wisely.

 

“For the barangays who were selected, please cooperate and be obedient to implement this project and we hope that after three years we will also graduate from poverty,” Lacwasan said.

 

The consultation-workshop was done in preparation for the smooth implementation of the program next year in the said province.

 

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, Mountain Province had the highest poverty incidence in the Cordillera at 49.9% in the first semester of 2015. It increased by 4.6% since the first semester of 2012.

 

For Mountain Province, all of the ten municipalities were chosen as beneficiaries with one barangay per municipality as main focus of implementation. Identified program interventions are swine production, poultry production, mango production, citrus production, banana production, coffee and cacao production, tiger grass and swamp gabi production, brown egg production, quail egg production, legumes and vegetable production.

 

Selection of the barangay coverage of the program was based on the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS 2013) poverty incidence rate data. These are Bekigan in Sadanga, Leseb in Bauko, Ankileng in  Sagada, Pudo in Natonin, Mabalite in Tadian, Latang in Barlig, Napua in Sabangan, Catengan in Besao, Dalican in Bontoc and Bunot in Paracelis.

 

Provincial Agriculturist (PA) John Likigan briefed the participants regarding the program. All of the Municipal Agriculturists (MA’s) were present during the activity together with the Barangay Captains and some Barangay Kagawads.

 

SAAD Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan was also present along with her staff.

 

Other participants came from the Provincial Agriculture’s Office, and DA-CAR.

 

The workshop consultation aimed to create a proposed design that will fit the needs of the beneficiaries by involving them in the planning process.

 

“We hope that your commitment and cooperation will be there from the start of the program up to the end of the project,” stated Ms. Jane Tumapang, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist in her closing remarks.//

 

Other participants came from the Provincial Agriculture’s Office, and DA-CAR.

 

The workshop consultation aimed to create a proposed design that will fit the needs of the beneficiaries by involving them in the planning process.

 

“We hope that your commitment and cooperation will be there from the start of the program up to the end of the project,” stated Ms. Jane Tumapang, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist in her closing remarks.// Leny Mendoza