Lanao de Sur peasants get more agri support from ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 February 2016 11:35

More Maranaw peasant groups benefited from the latest agricultural packages of the Lanao del Sur provincial government and the executive department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), officials said Friday.

Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal Adiong, Jr., who is helping oversee ARMM’s agricultural thrusts in 39 towns under his jurisdiction, on Friday said he and the chief executive of the autonomous region, Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman, distributed early this week P39.2 million worth of farming equipment, seeds and fertilizers to local farming groups to maximize rice and corn production in the province.

With the help of Malacañang, Hataman dispersed in the past three years, through the ARMM’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), more than P1 billion worth of equipment, farm tools and other agricultural inputs to beneficiaries in the region’s component provinces, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and the islands of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

“We are very thankful to the ARMM government and to Malacañang for this support. This will improve the production of local cooperatives being assisted by my office and the Hataman administration,” Adiong said.

Adiong, whose third and last term as provincial governor will end on June 30, 2016, has improved dozens of farm-to-market roads and concreted new barangay arterial networks in the past three years, with fiscal assistance from ARMM, as part of an effort to hasten the connectivity of local farmers to market centers in Lanao del Sur’s capital, Marawi City.

Hataman and Adiong’s symbolic distribution last Monday to different peasant organizations of agricultural packages for Maranaw farmers was held at the provincial capitol in Marawi City.

Also present in the event were ARMM’s agriculture secretary, Alexander Alonto, and DAF’s provincial director, Alexie Balindong.

Alonto said the latest packages for farmers in Lanao del Sur, which has 39 towns, will help hasten the restoration of normalcy and economic productivity in communities controlled by Moro rebel groups.

Alonto was apparently referring to the socio-economic and normalization agenda of the Southern Mindanao peace process of President Benigno Aquino III.

Lanao del Sur is a known bastion of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, not far from Maguindanao, where the group’s main enclave, Damp Darapanan, is located.