Agri NorMin joins the RTF-ELCAC serbisyo caravan and turns over agri support worth over 2.4-M to Brgy. Bacayawan, Munai, Lanao del Norte.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In support to the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict – Northern Mindanao (RTF-ELCAC NorMin), the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) poured agricultural interventions worth over P2.4-million during the Serbisyo Caravan in barangay Bacayawan, Munai, Lanao del Norte (LDN) on September 13, 2022.

In partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the activity is a joint initiative of the provincial government of LDN and the municipal local government of Munai with the participation of different national government agencies (NGAs), which aims to uplift the economic status of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) community in Munai town.

Comprising said interventions that were handed over to the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Philippine Army (PA) were: 13 units of rice thresher (P134K each), and 3 units of corn sheller (P149,500 each).

Likewise, the municipal local government of Munai also received planting materials (Robusta coffee seedlings), seeds (inbred rice, Open-Pollinated Variety white corn, and assorted vegetables), organic fertilizers, and knapsack sprayer amounting to P243,312,50.

On top of the cited agri interventions, the department, through the Regional Soils Laboratory (RSL) also gave away packets of Trichoderma harzianum, a biological control agent formulated by RSL to treat the soil from fungal pathogens causing various fungal plant diseases.

LDN Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza Dimaporo expressed her appreciation to all the participating NGAs, who brought and extended various services to the MILF community.

She added that the activity is part of the Especial Mass-Based Program, where the provincial government conveys government assistance closer to the grassroots community for them to benefit.

“I assure you that such activity will be conducted regularly in Munai to cater the needs of indigent people, particularly the MILF in Bacayawan; thereby, achieving peace and development, while preserving the rich culture of Muslim communities in LDN,” Gov. Dimaporo emphasized.

Meanwhile, MILF Base Commander Aleem Ansari T. Murad is grateful for the government support, and hopes for more infrastructure projects such as concreted roads to reduce the farmers’ transport cost and postharvest loses.

Under Executive Order No. 70, RTF-ELCAC is a collaborative effort of NGAs and local governments, which targets to address the root causes of insurgencies and other armed conflicts and threats in isolated and geographically disadvantaged areas across the country.

On behalf of DA-RFO 10 OIC-Regional Executive Director Milo D. delos Reyes, Provincial Operations Center chief for Lanao del Norte, Engr. Abdulharis P. Paporo handed over the certificates of turnover to Munai Municipal Mayor Racma D. Andamama and Brigade Commander Rey B Alemania of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, PA.# (EMBentulan, Jr.)