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How coffee, corn help won peace in Bukidnon

Bukidnon has a long history of internal armed conflict. From tribal wars to insurgents, this lush land of forests and agriculture is scarred with violence. Consequently, one factor contributing to such armed violence is poverty. Government services are not accessible due to factors like road conditions and distance, available resources, such as financial and physical assets, and most importantly, education.

Manobo-Pulangihon people as beneficiaries of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) project with DSWD staff and partner stakeholders.

Depriving poor communities from access to their basic rights make the Indigenous People vulnerable to joining militants. Yet not everything stays the same forever. One barangay in the Municipality of Quezon, Province of Bukidnon is about to experience change and, soon, peace.

Sitio Gamut of Barangay Sta. Filomena is considered the farthest community in Quezon. 24 kilometers from downtown with approximately 400 households, the area is mostly inhabited by the Manobo-Pulangihon tribe people. They are traditional farmers who lack new technology for post-farming activities such as shellers and haulers to augment the market value of their produce like corn and coffee.

Achieving peace through capacity-building of vulnerable communities with income-productive citizenry.

They lack the capital to buy the necessary machinery. Saving money is a luxury they cannot afford to do as they need every cent earned for their daily needs.

With the introduction of a Sustainable Livelihood Program’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (SLP Pamana) project to their community, the locals have reckoned the idea that things are about to change for them. The group of farmers with 30 members has been organized into an SLP Association which adapted the name Barangay Farmers Tribe Group Pamana SLPA.

To aid the association in their farming activities and increase their production rate, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process have provided the association with corn sheller and coffee dehauler.

People working together as a community: coffee dehuller being transported to the association’s center of business operation.

The said project is one of the government’s programs to strengthen peace-building, reconstruction, and development in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas. Notably, it is not only the association who will benefit from the said project but the whole community as well.  

Looking forward to the improvement of their income through the provision of the much-needed service, the members of Barangay Farmers Tribe Group Pamana SLPA likewise hope to achieve peace through productivity and socio-economic growth as they soon harvest their valuable grains of corn and coffee.

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DSWD ug Philippine Air Force magtinabangay paghatod og serbisyo sa Northern Mindanao

Nakighimamat ang mga opisyales sa Tactical Operations Group-10 sa Philippine Air Force kang Regional Director Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang aron mapalig-on ang pagtinabangay sa DSWD ug PAF sa paghatod ug serbisyo sa mga komunidad sa Northern Mindanao.

Gipahugtan na sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 ug sa Philippine Air Force sa Armed Forces of the Philippines ang pagtambayayongay aron mahatod ang mga serbisyo ug programa ngadto sa mga labw’ng nanginahanglan.

Kini human nagtagbo si DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang  ug si Lt. Col. Derrick Ablog, commander saTactical Operations Group (TOG 10) sa Philippine Air Force nga nahimutang sa Lumbia Airport ning dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro.

Gihisgotan sa duha ang pagtinabangay panahon sa paghatod og mga serbisyo ug programa sa DSWD, sama sa paggamit sa mga eropplano ug helicopter sa Philippine Air Force. Gikalipay ni Director Dollaga ang pagbisita ni Lt Col Ablog tungod kay dako kini og ikatabang sa pagpaayo ug pagpahapsay sa pagtubang sa DSWD sa mga panginahanglanon sa kliyente niini.

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