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Maasin City undertakes coconut planting project

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (June 22) -- Some ten thousand units of ready-to-plant coconut seedlings have been distributed to an initial batch of twenty (20) upland barangays here for a massive coconut planting at 500 units allocated per barangay.

According to City Agriculturist Amado Acasio, City Mayor Maloney Samaco will lead in the giving of the coco seedlings anytime this week at the earliest, during his now familiar barangay sorties to coincide with the distribution of sports equipment.

Acasio provided PIA a copy of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the "MASAM Coconut Production Project" in which the Rural Development Institute (RDI) of Ormoc City was responsible in turning over to the city coconut seedlings to be planted by farmers in the selected barangays.

MASAM is the acronym of the Mayor's name.

The MOA stipulated that the city local government unit shall "provide trainings and technical assistance relative to coconut production and management."

The city agriculture office, under the MOA, was assigned to "act as overall coordinator in the supervision, monitoring and evaluation in such a way that the objectives of the project shall be attained."

On the part of the barangay, the MOA stated that it "shall take charge in the distribution of coconut seedlings to deserving farmer recipients in the barangay whose abaca farms are affected with the Bunchy Top disease."

The recipient farmer, in turn, is obliged to give to the barangay the same number of good quality seednuts corresponding to the number of seedlings received within three months from the date of distribution, and the barangay shall collect these submitted seednuts in a nursery for "propagation and future distribution to next in line beneficiaries."

The barangay was also tasked to sustain the project and submit a regular report to the city LGU through the agriculture office.

Among the first batch of twenty barangays in the mountainous terrain of the city due to receive the 500 pieces each of coco seedlings included Baugo, Acasia, Hinapu Gamay, Hinapu Daku, San Agustin, Cabadiangan, Sto. Nino, Canyuom, Pansaan, Pinaskohan; Libertad, Nonok Sur, Nonok Norte, Sta. Cruz, Matin-ao, Malapoc Norte, San Rafael, Hanginan, Malapoc Sur, and Nati. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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