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To fine tune its implementation which is primarily designed to ensure family food security and to improve lives among Indigenous People (IP) communities, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) convened with its attached agencies (PhilFIDA and BFAR), the Hineleban Foundation, Inc. (HFI) and the local government units of Bukidnon (Malaybalay City, Valencia City, Pangantucan, Lantapan, Kitaotao and San Fernando) for an update meeting on the Organic Farming Family Food Security Model of IPs Community on July 6, 2017 in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. With the outpour of support from the participating government agencies through the provision of various production support and technical assistance, HFI, a non-profit and non-stock organization that has been commissioned by the Seven Tribes of Bukidnon for the development of the 43 communities currently occupying the buffer zones of Kitanglad, Kalatungan, Pantaron and Matigsalog mountain ranges, reported that the different IP communities have been grateful for the assistance that were provided to them. Accordingly, as testament, they have already reaped the benefits of producing food such as cereals, root crops, abaca, livestock and poultry, among others and is looking to sustain these initiatives by employing phases, in which the first will be focused on food production area and forage establishments, and the second will be centered on livestock complex and fish pond establishments. During the meeting, it was agreed that the region will be requesting the agriculture office at the provincial level for a designated IP focal person per city/municipal LGU’s concerned. Likewise, the crafting of a special order for DA-RFO 10 and its attached agencies is requested. Overall, this will strengthen the activities of the group in pursuit of helping the IP communities. Meanwhile, HFI will be submitting quarterly reports on the project status per site and will be forwarding requests should there be additional needs for the tribal community. Other agencies involved are the Bureau of Animal Industry, Bureau of Plant and Industry, Bureau of Soils and Water Management, and the Agricultural Training Institute. # (JLOlson, DA-RFO 10)