Regional economic board to endorse DAR ARMM PEACE Program

COTABATO CITY – After a brief review of the proposed program, DAR ARMM’s Program for the Enhancement of Agriculture towards Community Empowerment also known as PEACE will be endorsed by the ARMM Regional Economic and Development Planning Board (REDPB) to NEDA Investment Coordinating Committee (ICC).

Overview of the program was presented on the same day to the board during a meeting in the Regional Planning Development Office – ARMM. Alongside, the presentation was also the discussion on the Integrated Humanitarian and Development Program (IHDP) of the Office of the Regional Governor. Subsequently, DAR ARMM component of the IHDP shall be incorporated in the proposed PEACE Program.

The concept details of the program was fully discussed on a separate gathering December of last year.

Members of REDPB are convinced that PEACE is necessary to augment the efforts in uplifting the socio-economic condition of ARMM rural communities.

REDPB is composed of members of the Regional Assembly, provincial governors, city mayors and representatives from non-government organizations, and is being chaired by ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman.

DAR ARMM Secretary Amilhilda J. Sangcopan expressed, “In behalf of the entire DAR ARMM, we are truly grateful that we have a Regional Governor who is compassionate to our farmers in the ARMM. This isn’t the first time RG Mujiv showed genuine care to our ARPs (beneficiaries)… In the manner of consolidating the PEACE Plan, we personally interacted with the farmers in their communities, it allowed them to express their optimism. With the endorsement, we as well gain the optimism to never let them down.”

DAR ARMM, in assessing the present condition of the ARPs, after commissioning series of studies, in the conduct of local pulong-pulong, also in the implementation of various programs both locally and foreign funded came to recognize the need to integrate land distribution efforts with the provision of greater support services. Hence, the Program for the Enhancement of Agriculture towards Community Empowerment.

The PEACE is a program tailored specific to the grievances of the ARMM agrarian reform partners. It is a comprehensive support service delivery mechanism aimed at poverty alleviation in the rural areas of ARMM. Its components correspond to each of the issues identified in the agrarian reform community by the beneficiaries themselves. Some of the key components are community-driven development, agriculture and enterprise development, business development service, common service facilities, economic and rural infrastructure among others.

PEACE aims at developing 62,542 hectares of agricultural land covering around 86 ARCs from across ARMM region. The proposal is foreseen to cater 38,641 farmers and farm workers benefitting from the program.

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