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Laak ARC cited most progressive in Mindanao

by Sharon Flores

Compostela Valley (24 June) -- The Davao Settlement No. 2 in Laak town is this year's most progressive Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) in the country by topping all other contenders vying for this prestigious award.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Eduardo S. Suaybaguio that this award is given yearly to ARCs that exhibit physical transformation and social developments.

He said that Davao Settlement No. 2 deserves such recognition because of its great transformation that people in the community are proactive and receptive to change, an attitude that is unique in the community.

Laak Mayor Reynaldo Navarro said Davao Settlement No. 2 came into existence in 1970, a contributing factor for the creation of Laak as municipality in 1979.

Navarro said that Laak was once a hotbed of insurgency but when the settlement was established and development interventions were poured peace and order was achieved and the people in the community started to relish a better life.

He said that in 1993, only public utility jeeps can access the rough road route from Laak to Tagum and vice versa.

However, with the developmental intervention of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Local Government Unit (LGU) and other agencies of the government, farm-to-market roads were rehabilitated, new roads were opened and public utility buses started to operate, said Mayor Navarro.

He said with the collaboration of various stakeholders, new technologies were transferred to the community which tremendously contributed to the increase in the production of rubber which is the ARC's major crop, by 2,101 kilograms per hectare year from a regional production of only 1,992 kilograms per hectare per year.

Mayor Navarro also said that in 2007, a corn farmer in the ARC was the National GAWAD Awardee which recognition boosted the morale of our farmers and encouraged them to strive harder which resulted to an increase of production to an average of 3,500 kilograms per hectare per cropping.

He said, "added to it was the BIO-N technology introduced by the UP Los Banos through the Department of Agriculture (DA) is now being sustained by Mangloy Multi-purpose Cooperative (MAMPCO).

MAMPCO is a millionaire cooperative in the ARC taking charge of pursuing its mass production and distribution to farmers within and outside Laak with the assistance of the municipal LGU and Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO). This resulted to an increase in production and decrease in production cost, Navarro said.

Meanwhile, Laak has now two private tertiary schools such as the Laak Institute Foundation and Holy Queen Foundation; Rural Bank of Montevista. Aside from the bank-like operation of MAMPCO, the ARC has maintained its ALDA rating of Level 5 from the year 2002 to 2005. (DAR-Comval/PIA XI) [top]

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