Sarangani locals more optimistic of better life, to operate as local enterprise for more service and income
Locals in the barangays of Ticulab and Maguling in Maitum and in Lumasal and Tuyan in Malapatan are even more optimistic of better life following the series of strengthening activities provided to them and the facility enhancement for the sub-projects implemented in their communities by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) through the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Program (MTFRDP).
This is particularly under the People’s Organizations (PO) Strengthening project from July- December 2015 where each organization received P200, 000.00 financial assistance.
This worth of assistance was turned over to the said barangays on February 15 to 17, 2016.
The PO of Ticulab, a community dominated by Manubo and T’boli tribesmen, acquired one unit dynamo to generate electricity that will provide lighting to more than 100 households, one unit wooden trailer, repair of solar drier and installation of faucet for the warehouse.
Rufino Aguilar, PO President of the barangay committed that their organization will take care of the project.
In Maguling, the PO allotted capitalization for trading copra and rice, procured one unit welding machine, and they fenced and expanded the garage for their post-harvest facilities.
PO leader Saguera Angkanan, said they will keep thanking BDA and the donors for the rest of their lives. “If problems will emerge, we will face it altogether so that this organization will continue to be strong and succeed,” she said in local vernacular.
For Lumasal, there was an improvement repair of the non-functional boat, repair of solar drier, improvement of warehouse, and procurement of office equipment.
“The training and the trials we experienced made our organization stronger,” said Josefina Pasignasigna, Lumasal PO president.
She pointed out that their engagement with BDA is a stepping stone towards the development of their barangay.
The People’s Organization of Tuyan replaced their submersible pump and expanded the reach of its existing water system project.
Tuyan PO also delved on selling purified drinking water coming from a supplier which turned out to be a profitable business venture. The officers now consider putting up its own water purifying station that will supply drinking water to the whole barangay and its adjacent villages.
PO leader Neslon Darondos expressed appreciation to BDA for bringing the project aside from the previous interventions that were already given which for him makes the agency unique compared to other development partners that came to their barangay.
It was also reported that these POs were provided training on machinery trouble shooting.
Waiting for the turn-over is Barangay Lun Masla in Malapatan.
Its PO has replaced the submersible pump for the water system that serves coastal puroks and currently constructing an additional intake box for its spring development project that benefits the constituents dwelling in the upland puroks.
All the five POs also received trainings on Computer Literacy and Operations and Maintenance Enhancement. Training on plumbing was conducted in Barangays Tuyan, Lun Masla, Lumasal, and Ticulab.
PO Strengthening project strengthened community organizations helping them to generate income to improve living standards and reduce poverty.
This intervention provides organizational development and livelihood skills training and financial assistance that enhances or expands the previously given MTFRDP sub-projects to the POs.
BDA SouthMin staff, headed by its newly installed Regional Manager, Alimuddin Hadjinor, facilitated the turn-over ceremony at the said barangays.
Hadjinor stressed the need for continuous collaboration among the officers and members of the POs for the sustainability of their projects.
Community Enterprise Development Officer Hermeliene Tuanadato hoped every officer and members of the organizations will do their respective tasks in service to their constituencies. She said BDA will continue in assisting the people’s organizations.
PO Strengthening is one component of the Institutional Strengthening Agreement (ISA) supported by the MTFRDP in partnership with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) and Mindanao Land Foundation (MinLand).
It is supported by various donors such as the European Union; the Swedish International Development Agency; the Australian Embassy in the Philippines; Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development 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.
(BDA CommGroup, Southern Mindanao Region)