Part of the interventions were hauling and delivery trucks; processing facilities; and various equipment needed for the operation.
Ricardo Añora, UMFMPC manager, said “I am very glad and thankful for the great opportunities coming in our organization. This is a great chance for us to make better in our farming.”
“On behalf of all the members of the UMFMPC, we accept the challenge of managing and maintaining the full operation of these interventions and we commit to take good care of these huge blessings entrusted to us,” he added.
At the ceremony, Deputy Project Director Noel T. Provido of DA Project Support Office Mindanao cluster, said that the subproject will be "a great pioneer for more breakthroughs and progress coming soon in the area."
“I went here in Maligang years back, and I can see that development is really manifesting now. Roads going here are already concreted as well as the houses in the community,” Provido added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Danny Martinez shared UMFMPC’s humble beginnings.
“Before, Maligang has no proper roads and is one of those considered far-flung areas here in Kiamba, but because of our hard-working people and because of the full support of our government, we are now enjoying concrete and proper roads, electricity became possible and development continues,” said Martinez.
He also extended his gratitude to all the provincial officials especially Congressman Rogelio Pacquiao, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta, and the rest of the board members for their full support on the said milestone.
He also thanked the DA-PRDP, PLGU Sarangani, and the World Bank for entrusting Kiamba with a “huge and useful” project.
Aside from the abaca farmers in Kiamba, all farmers with abaca farms in Sarangani can also benefit from the subproject including Maitum, Maasim, Alabel, and Malungon.
The UMFMPC is currently trading its abaca products in Davao City and even in some areas in Luzon. They are known for their beautiful floral and bouquet designs made out of twisted abaca fibers.
Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta; Board Members Rosemarie Sayo, George Falgui, and Jess Bascuña; Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Alain J. Alcala and Provincial Agriculturist Jonathan Duhaylunsod were also present during the ceremony.
The abaca enterprise subproject in Barangay Maligang is one of the nine completed I-REAP subprojects, an expansion project from an original investment of then Mindanao Rural Development Program, in Region 12. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)