Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo personally witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Honorable Rommel C. Arnado, Mayor of the Municipal Government of Kauswagan and Atty. Noel K. Felongco, Secretary of National Anti-Poverty Commission for the Prototype Project Implementation at the Municipal Hall on September 12, 2019.

The signing is the beginning of a partnership including the construction of a P3M worth of Coco Processing Center for the coco farmers of Kauswagan and nearby Municipalities of Munai, Poona Piagapo and Bacolod.

Honorable Vice Mayor Abdulazis A. ‘Dante’ Batingolo of the Municipality of Munai and local Moro Islamic Liberation Front Commanders were present to support the joint project funded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

NAPC selected Kauswagan to be the model municipality of the peacebuilding project as to inspire other municipalities to continue creating programs, projects and activities that strengthens unity amongst Muslim and Christian residents.

Kauswagan is one of the seven (7) areas in the country prioritized by NAPC to fund poverty reduction prototype projects such as compact farming, construction of Multi-purpose Buildings and Village-Linked Coco Industry Development including Majayjay Laguna; Cebu City; Calbayog Samar; Talipao Sulu; Valladolid Negros Occidental; and Kayapa Nueva Vizcaya.

Governor Angging was happy to express her gratitude to Secretary Felongco for giving importance to the Municipality of Kauswagan and the Province of Lanao del Norte in its effort to help reduce poverty through construction of facilities for the farmers benefit.

In addition, the Provincial Chief Executive appealed to the beneficiaries to support the implementation of the intervention project of NAPC and the determination of Mayor Arnado in improving the lives of the people in the communities.

The goal of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is to carry out a climate-responsive, culture and gender-sensitive, and convergent and participatory anti-poverty strategy to attain the country’s 7.6% poverty reduction target by 2022, which is contributory to realize the country’s ultimate goal to end poverty by 2040 as indicated in the vision of AmBisyon Natin 2040.

Before the MOA was signed, NAPC Officials conducted orientation to volunteers for the “Ka-Sambayanihan Program.” According to Secretary Felongco, “the program aims to spur the inclusive participation of our stakeholders at the barangay level. Our target is to mobilize 1 Million volunteers nationwide as our active partners in monitoring and evaluating the poverty reduction programs in the country.” PIO-LDN