The memorandum of agreement which Secretary Dar and Solon executed on February 5 in General Santos City stipulated the required interventions to assist the marginalized farmers and fishermen in the entire Sarangani.
Dar said “experts have previously warned that the negative economic impact of Covid-19 will last for a long time.” To also serve as an intervention, he said, government programs like the PAFES was established to provide livelihood to the affected sectors.
The Secretary also disclosed some P226 million budget for the PAFES in Sarangani which will take full implementation in 2022 in accordance with the Mandanas decision of the Supreme Court.
Each region in the country is required to pilot one province for the PAFES. In Region 12, Sarangani was selected as the pilot area.
Dar said, the selection of Sarangani was based on the expressed interest, capacity, quality of governance, presence of a state university and college with strong agriculture and research and development program and, the potential for success.
The successful implementation of the Special Area for Agricultural Development program in Sarangani was also one of the reasons for again selecting the province to receive another huge project from DA.
Governor Solon who attended the ceremonial signing via Zoom expressed his gratitude to the Department of Agriculture for entrusting another project to Sarangani.
Solon said, “God really blesses Sarangani even during this pandemic”.
“Let us utilize this blessing. Let us work together to increase the production of agricultural crops and fisheries to strengthen and boost the economy in Sarangani,” the governor added.
The MOA signing was also attended by Malungon Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino; Congresswoman Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles; Director Abdul Dayani of the Agricultural Training Institute; Regional Director Alfeo Piloton of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; and Regional Executive Director Arlan Mangelen of the DA XII.
The event was also graced by Eduardo Lapong, Dean of the College of Agriculture-Mindanao State University-General Santos City who represented Chancellor Anshari Ali; Rodrigo España of the Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council; Board Member Arman Guili, chairman of the committee on agriculture; and Provincial Agriculturist, Jonathan Duhaylungsod. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Photo by JAKE NARTE