BANAUE, Ifugao -- Three barangays in the province were included in the expanded Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Project (Charmp2) that aims to reduce poverty in its areas of coverage through increasing agricultural production and productivity.

Charles Picpican of Charmp2 informed local officials that under the Charmp2 Scale-up Project, three additional barangays -- one each in Hungduan, Hingyon and Tinoc -- were approved for coverage in the implementation of projects for 2017 and 2018.

This will be implemented jointly by the Department of Agriculture and the local government units with financial assistance from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Picpican said that both the provincial and municipal local government units are key partners in the Project, hence it is necessary they are oriented for a harmonious partnership and smooth project implementation.

The orientation on Charmp2 Scale Up Project at the Banaue Hotel recently was attended by Governor Pedro Mayam-o, and department heads of the Provincial Engineering, Planning and Development, Agriculturist and Veterinarian offices and the mayors of Hungduan, Hingyon and Tinoc.

Charmp2 is implemented in the Cordillera since 2009 covering the six provinces and has reached 45,000 household beneficiaries in 37 highland municipalities and 170 barangays of the Cordillera which were selected based on poverty categorization criteria among the more disadvantaged and impoverished ones. (Daniel Codamon/PIA–CAR)