2 more Maguindanao towns get agri BUB development grants PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:04

Two more Maguindanao towns on Thursday received development grants from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as part of the agency’s Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB) program.

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, and his regional agriculture secretary, Makmod Mending, Jr., facilitated in Cotabato City the release of the BUB project allocations to Ramon Piang and Salik Mamasabulod, mayors of Maguindanao’s North Upi and Pagalungan towns, respectively, before journalists covering the regional government.

Piang, whose town is located in the first district of Maguindanao, said he is grateful to the ARMM government for allocating P3 million for a farm-to-market road, and P2.5 million for an organic agriculture and high value crops propagation program.

The road project in North Upi will connect Moro and ethnic Teduray enclaves in Barangay Katalufak to the town proper where they can sell their products.

More than 80 percent of the heads of Moro and non-MuslimTeduray families in Barangay Katalufak rely on corn farming and propagation of orchard trees as main sources of income.

The local government unit of Pagalungan received from Hataman and Mending P1.5 million for a farm-to-market road, and P600,000 for an organic farming project involving Moro farmers, among them members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Hataman, Mending, ARMM Vice Gov. Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman and the region’s health secretary, physician Kadil Sinolinding, Jr., also launched together, after the symbolic release of the BUB grants, the expanded “Gulayan sa Barangay” project at the covered court of the regional agriculture office in Cotabato City.

Mending said the vegetable farming project will initially involve 1,200 farmers in different parts of the autonomous region.

“This will help address the high incidence of malnutrition in most parts of the region, particularly in areas hit by recent calamities and those badly affected by armed conflicts in recent years,” Mending said.

Mending’s office had earlier facilitated the release of BUB grants earmarked for various agricultural projects in several towns in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.