Baguio City- From synthetic fertilizers, various farmers’ organizations in the municipality of Malibcong in Abra will now be using organic enhancers for their crops. In an interview, Malibcong Mayor Benido G. Bacuyag said that all three districts composed of twelve barangays of the municipality will be using machine shredders to produce their own organic fertilizer.

According to Mayor Bacuyag, the farmers’ organizations in their municipality pioneered for the acquisition of the machine shredder through the Bottom-Up Budgeting Project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Local Government of Malibcong. Through the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the DSWD, two machine shredders were turned over to the said municipality.

“Our farmers are now turning to organic farming because of the benefit it entails”, Mayor Bacuyag said. Organic farming is seen to address crop production shortage in the municipality. “We are also looking forward to produce not only to provide for the needs of the municipality but also to supply for the nearby areas”, he added.

On the other hand, Municipal Planning and Development Officer Josue Idao added that of the twelve barangays, eight barangays including Lat-ey, Umnap, Buanao, Poblacion, Taripan, Duldulao, Gacab and Dinasaran are also implementing the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Project. The Kalahi-CIDSS Project is one of the poverty reduction programs of the government implemented through the DSWD. Aside from promoting community empowerment, transparency and accountability, the Project aids in infrastructure development of poor municipalities in the country.

Meanwhile, DSWD-CAR Regional Director Leonardo C. Reynoso expressed high hopes towards the continuous partnership of the agencies and the local government.  “Through the cooperation between the government and the people, we anticipate bringing development closer,” Reynoso said. # DSWD-CAR Social Marketing Unit, Cherry delos Reyes and Mara Doroy (SMU Interns)

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