Orchestrated to provide hope for a better future among Filipinos through equity in resources throughout the country that will momentarily boost countryside development, the Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program Action Team of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office No. 02 spearheaded the distribution of livelihood assistance to BP2 principal beneficiaries in the Province of Isabela.

BP2 member agencies including DA are mandated to make the interventions available to the beneficiaries right after the quarantine period. The agency initially distributed 30 heads Ready-to-Lay Chicken (Sasso), three (3) trays of vegetable seedlings, 30-meter plastic nets, three (3) bags of organic fertilizer, one (1) bag of commercial feeds, and five (5) pouches of vegetable seeds in each beneficiary as livelihood assistance attribution from the different banner programs of Field Operations Division (FOD- Livestock, HVCDP and Organic Programs) and DA- Cagayan Valley Research Center.

  1. Mr. Joven I. Merculio- Brgy. Union, Cauayan City, Isabela
  2. Ms. Maria Rowena Magante – Brgy. Minante II, Cauayan City, Isabela
  3. Ms. Adelfa Ramos-Naguillian Norte, City of Ilagan, Isabela
  4. Mr. Jun O. Macapallag- Brgy. Mozzozzin, Sta. Maria, Isabela
  5. Mr. Rogelio Dela Cruz – Brgy. Matusalem, Roxas, Isabela

The said program aims to address congestion in Metro Manila by encouraging people, especially informal settlers, to return to their home provinces. As they transition through the help of the program, they shall be provided with support and incentives on transportation, livelihood, housing, subsistence, and education, among others.

Government agencies will work hand in hand in ensuring the continuous improvement of economies and the quality of life in the provinces with the program’s long-term plans on various investments on infrastructure, agriculture, business, transportation, and access to a responsive healthcare system. Local governments will be empowered to effectively manage crises by building and fostering resilient communities.

Meanwhile, the DA RFO 02-Climate Change-Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (CC-AMIA) attended the said activity to assist in the conduct of Rapid Rural Appraisal by assessing the available local resources and identifying the problems that should be addressed and possible interventions that may be extended to the beneficiaries as well as the possible integration of the AMIA village approach in giving projects/interventions as per directive of BP2 Director Dr. Alicia D. Ilaga. MSWD/CSWD personnel, LGU BP2 focal person, staff from Municipal/City Agriculture Offices, and barangay officials assisted in the distribution of assistance.

#Report from Rodel Nacomel