The Convergence Initiatives for the reconstruction, rehabilitation and rebuilding of the five (5) pilot barangays of Malimono-Dulay Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) in Marawi City was formally launched last December 21, 2017 at Barangay Dulay Proper, Marawi City.
The activity was attended by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Sylvia F. Mallari, DAR-ARMM Regional Secretary Dayang Carlsum Sangkula-Jumaide, DAR Region X Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II of DARPO Lanao del Sur Eng’r. Mesug P. Unda, PARPO II of DAR Lanao del Norte Alibasa G. Andig, officials of the United Nations World Food Programme and Food Agriculture Organization, government line agencies, academe, civil society organizations, other non-governmental organizations. Wearing the green DAR polo shirt, actor Robin Padilla graced the event also, which added delight and enjoyment from the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
To strengthen and institutionalize the convergence initiatives, the DAR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its partners, providing for the creation of Convergence Project Monitoring Team (CPMT) composed of government line agencies, non-government organizations, the United Nation-World Food Project (UN-WFP) and United Nation-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO). The CPMT shall assist President Rodrigo Duterte’s Task Force Bangon Marawi in rebuilding the lives of the farmer-beneficiaries of Malimono-Dulay ARC who were greatly affected by the Marawi Siege. The convergence shall provide assistance through agricultural programs,social services, security, business and livelihood to boost building back better, the lives of the farming community of Malimono-Dulay ARC.
Covering thirteen barangays with a total agricultural area of 2,016.6396 hectares and 749 ARBs, the Malimono Dulay ARC has been responsible in providing agri-products to the major commercial districts of Marawi City. The CPMT have already identified five barangays under the ARC that will be provided with immediate help and assistance. These barangays include Cabasaran, Dulay Proper, Dulay West, Guimba and Malimono. To attain maximum recovery of the City, it is necessary that focus be given to the ARC to ensure food security to the major commercial area of the community.
With high hopes and optimism, DAR-ARMM Regional Secretary Dayang Carlsum Sangkula-Jumaide said, “The convergence is a good strategy to converge resources and initiatives of agencies which has direct concerns for our ARBs. Alam natin mabigat ang gagawin natin dahil hindi kakayanin kung DAR-ARMM lamang pero kung maraming magtutulungan, nagiging magaan ang mga inisyatiba, the impossible become possible. And we would like to say thank you to all who are part of this convergence. Those who are willing to help and assist our ARC, we can surely say, babangon ang ARC ng Malimono Dulay kasabay ng pagbangon ng Marawi!”