Gov’t anti-poverty program improves income of North Cotabato villagers

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Passengers and farm produce are crammed like a canned sardines on the jeep from the hinterland barangay to the town proper of Carmen. | Photo by Keith Bacongco for North Cotabato in Pictures
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Various livelihood projects under the anti-poverty alleviation program of the government in far-flung villages of two North Cotabato towns have changed the lives of its beneficiaries, officials and beneficiaries said.

In a statement, Noraidah Busran, regional project coordinator of Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD 12), said the various infrastructure and income generating projects for indigent residents of Magpet and Alamada towns have kept the villagers busy and improved their sources of income.

“The projects have improved their income, increase their buying power and raised their dignity,” Busran said. “Hopefully these projects will expand,” she added.

Busran was referring to native chicken raising and production project in the village of Alibayon; swine production and food processing in Barangay Poblacion and rubber nursery development in Barangay Gubatan, all in Magpet town and warehouse agricultural supply and community minimart in Barangay Bao and Malitubog, respectively, in the town of Alamada.

The project have benefited more than 3,000 residents in areas where living condition was at its lowest before the PAMANA program came.

Busran said the villages of Alibayon, Poblacion and Gubatan in Magpet were among the 226 villages in the provinces of Sultan Kukdarat, North Cotabato, Saranggani in Region 12 considered as conflict-vulnerable areas.

All the projects cost PHP300,000.

Condrado Arellano, chicken project beneficiary, said the program gave residents other sources of income while waiting for the harvest of their crops.

Many beneficiaries are ordinary plantation workers and corn farmers who do not own the lands but are mere field workers.

Busran urged the beneficiaries to ensure projects will grow so it can be shared to nearby villages. | PNA

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