Agri office holds Pamana, BUB workshop-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) held a two-day consultation workshop for the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) and Bottom-up Budget (BUB) -- both aimed at helping farmers and the people in Zamboanga Peninsula alleviate their status and increase their production and income capacity.
The two-day event, held in Pagadian City from Thursday to Friday last week, was attended by some 150 agriculture and local government personnel coming from the cities of Zamboanga and Isabela and the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay.
“The project (Pamana) is a great help to the farmers and the people in Zamboanga Peninsula materializing their hopes to alleviate their status, increase their production and income capacity. The project also responds to the Food Staple Sufficiency Program (FSSP) wherein sufficient supply of food is guaranteed,” DA Regional Technical Director for Operations Engineer Dennis Palabrica said.
Pamana and BUB are the national government's programs for peace and development in conflict-affected areas (CAAs) as well as communities covered by existing peace agreements, Palabrica said.
He said that each recipient will receive development programs according to the needs of the people residing in the region. The government has an allotment of P300 million for 2014.
He said Pamana’s objective is to improve governance through partnerships with national and local institutions, building capacities for governance, enhancement of transparency and accountability mechanism.
He said it also aims to reduce poverty and vulnerability in conflict affected areas through sustainable rural development, community infrastructure and focused delivery of social services.
Meanwhile, the participants of the two-day consultation workshop have submitted project proposal that include the following: Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) Network Services; rehabilitation, repair and concreting of sidewalks and drainage; construction of warehouse and rice milling station; municipal food terminal center; provision of banana processing; equipment construction of fish landing; completion of fishing port and construction of post harvest facilities; provision of planting materials to upland farmers; farm input materials; animal and livestock dispersal; construction of cold storage; and, construction of banana and cassava food processing.
“The BUB and Pamana projects are very effective means of delivering the government services to the people. The recipients themselves proposed the projects that are essential to their livelihood. It empowers communities and strengthen their capacity to address issues,” BUB Focal Person Raul Ramon Bucoy said. (Bong Garcia)