Maguindanao’s upland folks benefit from outreach mission PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 March 2016 14:22

Thousands of T’duray and Moro peasant families in Maguindanao’s drought-afflicted North Upi town benefited from Wednesday’s humanitarian mission of the provincial government.

North Upi Mayor Ramon Piang said relief workers, led by Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu and Maguindanao 1st District Rep. Sandra Sema, distributed three tons of relief supplies to his constituents, whose farms were devastated by the dry spell which began in December.

“The two officials also brought with them doctors and dentists to attend to the medical needs of my constituents now suffering from the effects of the drought,” Piang said.

North Upi covers 21 barangays whose residents rely mainly on corn farming as main source of income.

Piang said the drought also scorched vast swaths of non-irrigated rain-fed rice fields in their hinterland municipality.

Lynette Estandarte, provincial budget officer, said 935 North Upi residents afflicted with various ailments availed of their free medical and dental services initiated as part of Mangudadatu and Sema’s joint relief project.

“Many of the patients were schoolchildren,” Estandarte added.

North Upi, which has rolling terrains surrounded by mountain ranges and touted as the summer capital of Central Mindanao, is Maguindanao’s top producer of exportable yellow and white corn.

Piang said his constituents would need extensive agricultural interventions from the government during the rainy season in June to hasten their recovery from crop losses as a result of the drought.