Post-harvest facility project inspires farmers of unity in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat

“The project teaches us how to be united in our community.”

This was the statement of Sandro S. Caludtiad, president of Tran People’s Organization of Brgy. Tran, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat province during the turn-over ceremony of the solar dryer with warehouse project on March 1, 2017 at the said barangay.

The project is implemented by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) under the Bangsamoro Assistance for Development and Community Empowerment (Bangsamoro ADVANCE) Component of the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Program (MTFRDP).

Caludtiad also told “that whatever happens, we should be solid for the proper management of the project and for the development of our place in Shaa Allah”.

“Through this project, we realized that there is such agency who is willing to help us”, he said.

The PO President further related their farming situation before the project came.

“Our crops were getting rotten since there is no proper place for drying and storage which is a loss on our part as farmers whose major source of income is on agriculture”, Caludtiad said.

Brgy. Tran has a total population of 4, 650. Crops produced are rice, corn and coconut.

Caludtiad shared that the project will be useful during community gatherings such as meetings and also as evacuation area during flood seasons.

The turn-over ceremony was attended by program stakeholders who were Brgy. Captain Datu Loy S. Caludtiad, representatives from MILF Political Committee, provincial and municipal development catalysts of BDA Central Mindanao, and staff from BDA Central Management Office (CMO) and Regional Management Office (RMO).

Vice Mayor Jerry Dilasen of Tran municipality also spoke about unity among the community members.

“This project signifies unity among the Christian and Muslim constituents of this municipality. We should take good care of this project. We should be united, either you are a Christian, IP or Muslim”, Dilasen stated.

In an earlier report, BDA Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob told that the implementation of this project in the 49 communities under the influenced areas of the MILF Base Commands demonstrates the continuing commitment of both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) in pursuing peace and development in the Bangsamoro, and in Mindanao in general.

“It also demonstrates the enduring support of donors in helping the BDA promote socioeconomic recovery in the conflict affected areas in Mindanao”, Yacob added.

Bangsamoro ADVANCE is a program conceptualized in support to confidence building measures of the GPH- MILF as provided in the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB). This was also in respond to the clamour from the communities especially on the implementation of basic services including livelihood opportunities.

Bangsamoro ADVANCE is implemented in partnership with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) as trust fund recipient.

It is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.


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