The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) through the Programme for Local Economic Development and Grassroots Empowerment (PLEDGE) formally turned over enterprise development project to communities across the six regional offices of the agency on October 26-30, 2016.
There were 915 total numbers of recipients who completed various enterprise development trainings from the program.
In Central Mindanao region, the barangay recipients are Pigcalagan in Sultan Kudarat with 100 completers and North Binangga in Talayan with 105 all in Maguindanao province.
In Ranaw region, there were 113 graduates coming from Brgy. Rantian in Lanao del Sur.
From Davao region, there were 90 completers for each of the barangays of Tomoaong and Lucatan all in Tarragona, Davao Oriental.
In Zamboanga-Peninsula, the barangay recipients are Pisaan and Nian with 80 graduates each all in the municipality of Dinas in Zamboanga del Sur.
In Zamboang-Basilan region, there were 154 completers from Brgy. Candiis and 103 in Brgy. Seronggon all in the town of Muhammad Ajul, Basilan province.
According to Julhaina Cadon, PLEDGE coordinator, the event marks the official closure of the Transition Enterprise Project (TEP) which means that the recipients have completed the nine-month course of enterprise development training.
“In this event, we awarded them the certificate of completion for the all trainings they have participated into based on the enterprise taken and also turned over to them set of tools and equipment that they can use as they run their own local businesses”, Cadon reported.
Enterprises identified and assisted by the program are bamboo crafting, vegetable production, banana processing, bread and pastries, fish processing, coconut processing, furniture craft making, salt making, dress and garments making, seaweeds, crab fattening, cassava processing, M’ranao delicacies, goat fattening, bunsod production, indigenous product production, among others.
Common facility enterprise (CFE) supported by the program are water refilling, rice and corn production, fish cage, common marketing, fishing gears, vegetable production, others.
Aside from the above-mentioned communities, other two barangay-recipients of PLEDGE were Brgy. Koronadal Proper in Polomolok, South Cotabato under Southern Mindanao where the program was piloted in 2014 and Brgy. Mamaanun Proper, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur which graduation was in March 2015.
PLEDGE is the economic and livelihood component of Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF). The program covers 11 project sites in different provinces in Mindanao with at least 42 community-based enterprises through Peoples Organization.
The goal of the program is to help reduce poverty, promote inclusive growth, support confidence building and lasting peace in Mindanao through practical approaches on local economic development through enlightened governance and grassroots empowerment.
It is implemented in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) as trust fund recipients.
PLEDGE is supported by MTF with various donors such as the European Union, the Swedish International Development Agency, the Australian Embassy Philippines, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada, the United States Agency for International Development, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the World Bank which also serves as the Trust Fund Secretariat.