PRDP pours in P6.51-B to support Mindanao’s poorest provinces
Infrastructure and enterprise support now ready to provide support to poorest provinces in Mindanao.
At least 10 of the identified poorest provinces in the country found in Mindanao are supported with PRDP with a allocation of total of P6.510 billion.
Lanao del Sur, which ranks among the top poorest provinces, has three subprojects worth P113.12 million. Sulu has one subproject worth 135 million, and Maguindanao has 18 subprojects worth P832.97 million all in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Saranggani Province has 18 subprojects amounting to P906.81 million; Bukidnon with 55 subprojects worth P1.306 billion; Zamboanga del Norte with 12 subprojects worth P1.221 billion; Sultan Kudarat with 16 subproject amounting to P372.46 million; Agusan del Sur with 13 subprojects worth P809.62 million; Lanao del Norte having 7 subprojects worth P274.40 million; and North Cotabato with 19 subprojects worth 538.66 million.
“Travel time was longer before and because of the high cost of labor and transportation, only a few amount is left for us. Transportation now is better. You can just place your produce at the roadsides and the tricycles will just take it in. It’s different now that a road has been constructed. Now, the farmers can easily visit their farms because of the road, their motorcycles can easily take them there too,” said farmer Rolly Among from Agusan del Sur.
The establishment of farm-to-market roads, bridges, post-harvest facilities and other infrastructures to the provincial local government unit from the above mentioned provinces will provide support to the transportation of the agricultural sector by reducing transportation cost, travel time, increase traffic, reduce post-harvest losses, and establishing direct linkage from farm to market. As a result, farmers will have better income as their products are sold at a favorable price.
“When PRDP, the province, Department of Agriculture work with us, the goal of the program of cacao was for the improvement of the lives, economic situation of our fellowmen in Zamboanga del Norte. We became really interested because it is for the farmers,” said proponent group chairman Perla Bermudes of Zamboanga del Norte.
Meanwhile the enterprise support will help farmer organizations and cooperatives uplift their economic condition. (Joy M. Montecalvo/PRDP Mindanao)