The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Knights of Columbus (KofC) have joined forces to promote a barangay-based approach to achieving sustainable peace, agricultural development, and boosting local food production, as directed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
The DA and KofC formally launched the Joint Operations Harmonization and Networking for Barangay Promotion Cum Outreach Program in Barangay Manobisa in Magpet, North Cotabato. I Photo: Author: DA-AFID, Department of Agriculture Philippines
Recently, the DA and KofC formally launched the Joint Operations Harmonization and Networking for Barangay Promotion Cum Outreach Program in Barangay Manobisa in Magpet, North Cotabato.
Residents engaged in agriculture and fisheries received banana planting materials, hybrid corn seeds, and inorganic fertilizer from the DA Regional Field Office (RFO) XII.
The DA stated that the program aligns with the mandate of the agriculture department as the chair of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster (PRLEC).
The initiative aims to achieve agricultural development, improve agri-fishery-based livelihoods, and attain food security towards inclusive and viable peace through a whole-of-nation approach, as embodied in Executive Order No. 70, series of 2018.
The project also takes into consideration the need for environmental protection and sustainable development in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).
The launch showcased the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the Task Force Balik-Loob, and the distribution of the Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
The event was led by DA-IE Special Investigator IV and PRLEC Head Secretariat Aldrin Baldonado, DA RFO XII OIC-Regional Executive Director Dr. John Pascual, Barangay Manobisa Captain Roque Odag, Magpet Mayor Jay Laurence Gonzaga, Magpet Municipal Agriculturist Henry Supena, Knights of Columbus Mindanao Jurisdiction SK Rogelio Tadura, members of the 72nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, and PRLEC representatives.