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Feature: Green Life

by Recthie B. Tolinero

Cagayan de Oro City (4 March) -- Around 9,000 people live in Tagoloan, Lanao del Norte?a fifth class municipality which is politically subdivided into seven (7) barangays. Dwellers in this area primarily rely on agriculture as main source of income.

Bodore Panalandang, 45, a resident of Brgy. Panalawan, Tagoloan, Lanao del Norte has been raised by her father who is a farmer and is presently provided by her husband who also depends on farming. She has 12 children aged 24, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 9, 8, and 7. Her three (3) young children are the only ones who are going to school and are currently in Grades 2 and 1. She was 20 years old when she got married and from then on, the family's income range only from P80-100 per day.

As of now, Bodore and her husband's burden is not that heavy anymore since her elder children also contributes to the family's earning. However, Bodore has been devastated last November 2009 when she was informed that her second child was drowned in the river just as when he is transporting the harvested vegetables and wood across the river banks. Bodore got no choice but to move on but then she promised herself that she will do everything in her power not to let her kids risk their lives just to help the family.

On February 2009, Bodore officially became a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary receiving P1,400 per month.

"Daku akong pasalamat sa 4Ps kay tungod niiini dili na kaayo ko gaproblema kung aha mangita ug pambalon sa mga anak nako ug tungod pud ani aktibo na halos tanan sa among mga silingan magtanum ug gulay sa among mga communal garden (I greatly appreciate 4Ps because I do not worry too much on the children's daily allowance and because of this also, almost all of our neighbors [who are also 4Ps beneficiaries] consistently plant vegetables in our communal gardens," Bodore happily expressed.

Aside from consistently planting vegetables, Bodore's co-members also make schedules on harvesting their goods and selling such to houses nearby. According to Barangay Captain Casan, the communal garden is one of the projects of World Food Program (WFP) and with 4Ps constant updates with the members especially during family development sessions, the people are now more encouraged to do well with their gardens as well as make use of the opportunity to have a sustainable project for their children.

As of January 2010, there are already 1,149 beneficiaries in Tagoloan, Lanao del Norte where the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already released a total of P8,142,700. (DSWD X) [top]

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