CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao turned over around P108.5 million agri assistance to the towns of Lagonglong and Villanueva, Misamis Oriental on February 19.
Around 11,500 farmers will benefit the agri assistance amounting to P905,720 (Lagonglong) and P107.36 million (Villanueva) during the distribution of assistance to individuals in crisis situation with Sen. Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go.
DA Asst. Sec. for Agribusiness and Marketing Kristine Y. Evangelista said, “Anong kailangan nyo, anong gustong hanapbuhay na gusto nyo sa agrikultura, para magkaroon kayo ng puhunan pang agrikultura. Ilan lang po yan na programa na aming inaayos. Kasama ang Convergence Team, gagawa po kami ng paraan para gumanda ang inyong buhay.”
Comprising the assistance for the two towns are fertilizer subsidy under Rice Resiliency Project 2 under Bayanihan funds, open pollinated variety (OPV) corn seeds, hybrid and inbred rice seeds, 5-in-1 vegetable seeds (chopsuey and sinigang) carbonizer and shredder.
Thirty-nine Villanueva corn farmers received P5k worth vouchers for cash and food subsidy for marginal farmers and fishers under Bayanihan 2.
Meanwhile, a 2.5 kilometers farm to market road was committed to Villanueva for the concreting of Sitio Naputos, barangay Dayawan to sitio Kirahon and barangay San Martin and the upgrading and concreting of 3.46 kilometers FMR of Dayawan-Lokong, crossing Mambuaya.
In Lagonglong, free range chicken were also provided in support to EO No 70 or the whole of nation approach.
In addition, Asec. Evangelista committed P500k for the enhanced Kadiwa project in Lagonglong.
Lagonglong Mayor Jay Albert Puertas shared, DA has poured a lot of interventions in their locality for their farmers with hope to improve their productivity.
On the other hand, Linda B. Cajardo, 66 years old corn farmer of Villanueva recounted, “Nakadawat mi sa mga assistance sa DA bisan katong adunay kalamidad. Pinaagi aning P5k makatabang na kini sa among kinahanglan sa uma.”
DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, representing Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado has been working closely with the local government units in the region in providing different agri interventions.# (ATCabig)