CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Twenty individuals from the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon availed the free range chicken livelihood assistance from the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) worth P742,500 starting September, this year.

Said efforts is the department’s bid to provide livelihood support to conflict-affected areas thru the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).

DA-10 Livestock Program Coordinator, Ma. Lourdes M. Sypiecco said, the distribution of chicken heads to individual recipients (with a ratio of 1 male to 10 female) is being implemented thru a roll-over scheme.

Each recipient will return the same number of chicken heads granted, which will then be distributed to another set of beneficiaries.

Local governments through its municipal agricultural offices will facilitate and monitor said scheme.

Being one of the receiving towns of said assistance, Albert M. Gabutan, OIC-Municipal Agriculturist of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, shared, “We will do our part by monitoring the project to ensure its sustainability and have more individuals benefit from it.”

Under Executive Order 70, the government seeks a whole-of-nation approach in addressing insurgencies by prioritizing the delivery of basic services to ensure peace and development. # (AMBManto, DA-10)