Northern Mindanao leads poverty reduction implementation
by Rosie Paasa
Davao City (15 October) -- Among the six regions in Mindanao, northern Mindanao (Region 10) is leading in the implementation of various subprojects under the Mindanao Rural Development Program Adaptable Program Loan 2 (MRDP2) in barely eight months of its implementation.
MRDP2 is a poverty-alleviation initiative implemented through the Department of Agriculture jointly funded by the World Bank, National Government, and Local Government Units covering Mindanao's 26 provinces and 225 municipalities.
The second phase MRDP seeks to further improve rural incomes and achieve food security through agri-fishery rural infrastructure, livelihood enterprise, and biodiversity conservation projects.
Under the rural infrastructure (RI) component of the program, as of August 2009, Region 10 is implementing a total of 28 farm-to-market roads (FMRs) with a total cost of P270 million. Of this amount, over P17 million worth of farm-to-market roads in Linamon and Salvador towns in Lanao del Norte and Manolo Fortich in the province of Bukidnon have been completed. Some are on-going within 50-90 percent completion, others are below 50% completion, and some are at procurement level, waiting for notices to proceed, and completing some requirements.
Other RI sub-projects like bridges, irrigation systems, potable water systems, and other infrastructures like post-harvest facilities now on the pipeline for implementation in the region.
Aside from infrastructures, MRDP is also providing livelihood to the identified poor communities in Mindanao under its Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) component. Region 10 beneficiaries in eight towns enrolled in CFAD for year one implementation are now benefitting their various sub-projects like cut-flower production, livestock and crops production, and other livelihood projects. These are in Lantapan and Impasug-ong, Bukidnon; Linamon and Salvador, Lanao del Norte; Don Victoriano and Tudela in Misamis Occidental; and Claveria and Sugbongcogan in Misamis Oriental.
Eighteen more towns are coming in for CFAD for year 2, five in Bukidnon, four in Lanao del Norte, four in Misamis Occidental, and five in Misamis Oriental.
For biodiversity conservation, the region is implementing sub-projects under the Natural Resources Management (NRM) component of MRDP with a total cost of Php7 million in Linamon, Lanao del Norte. Such, are the Coral Reef Restoration and Enhancement through Community Based Coral Transplantation in Marine Protected Area for Fishery Production and Eco-Tourism Development worth Php3.335 million; Larapan Riverbank Stabilization Project worth P1.3 million; and the Agro-Forest Conservation and Eco-Tourism Development of Tinago Sub-Watershed worth Php2.365 million.
Regional program coordinator Constancio C. Mahganoy, Jr. said the smooth and efficient implementation of the projects in the region is due to the strong partnership of the local government units and the DA X. (DARFU10) [top]