Mindanao lumads benefit from MRDP PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 14:51

A total of 13,380 lumads in Mindanao benefited from livelihood projects of the antipoverty program of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) in its recent report to DA secretary Proceso J. Alcala noted that 27 percent of the total 49,537 individual beneficiaries of the Program are indigenous peoples (IPs) who belong to the most marginalized sectors of the rural Mindanao. Of the number, 7,665 were male and 5,715 were female.

MRDP, the poverty alleviation initiative of DA in Mindanao jointly funded by the World Bank, the national government and the local government units, aims to provide agribusiness opportunities and improve incomes of small farmers and fisherfolk and other vulnerable sectors of the society.
Program director Lealyn A. Ramos said that the number is close to the overall target of 30 percent of indigenous people’s beneficiary of the Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) component, the livelihood arm of the Program.

Ramos in the report to Secretary Alcala showed that Caraga Region has served a total of 3,397 mostly belong to Higa-onon and Mamanwa tribes in Agusan del Sur and Surigao Provinces. Region 12 has benefited 2,946 belong to Teduray, T’boli and B’laans from Cotabato and Sarangani Provinces.

Further a total of 2,702 composed of Ata, Manobo, Mansaka and Madaya of Davao Region has benefited from the program. A total of 2,013 were from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) belonging to Tedurays and Samalians of Tawi-Tawi; Region 10 benefited 1,222 lumads; while 1,100 were from Region 9 mostly of the Subanen tribe.

“With CFAD, we are applying the community driven development (CDD) procedures where the beneficiaries themselves identify the projects fit them,” said Ramos.
“Most projects of the IPs belong to the food security interventions category in our menu like animal and crop production, organic farming and diversified farming which are suitable to their cultural practices,” Ramos added.

To date, CFAD’s portfolio is pegged at P495.51 million with a total of 1,988 livelihood projects at various levels of implementation.
MRDP, now on its second phase under an adaptable program loan (APL) of the World Bank (WB), is set to undergo a mid-term assessment early next month.