The Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty” possess a beautiful landscape with its lush vegetation and water resources perfect for agricultural farming, fisheries and growing livestock. Lanao del Norte is gifted not only with rich natural resources but also with human resources. The People of the province are obviously ingenious as seen all throughout the area. The Provincial Government together with the two Congressional Districts are endlessly formulating ways through different initiative programs and activities that could help sustain the Agri-Aqua and Livestock industries in the province of Lanao del Norte. In partnership with the Mayors of the municipalities, the Provincial Governor with the assistance of 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo most of these programs and activities are regularly implemented each year, and with the continuous efforts of our provincial leaders for the people of Lanao del Norte new programs have been created not only for livelihood programs but also for human development. People are not only be given assistance to live for a day but an assistance that could last for a lifetime by teaching them how to fish as the Chinese proverb says. In Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program in partnership with SM Foundation, local farmers are being trained to properly grow agricultural products by teaching them the correct technical skills and knowledge for them to last in agricultural farming. All the programs of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte are always inclined to helping people live a comfortable life, especially those who live below the poverty line. Poor parents are given the opportunity to attend trainings like dress making, involve themselves in cooperatives or for the mothers to join women’s organization and the fathers are encourage to attend trainings in agriculture or fishing just to name a few of the programs.
The Provincial Government has set a day for the farmers, fishermen and livestock growers to celebrate their important contributions to the province. The AGRI-AQUA, LIVESTOCK & OTOP FAIR was made to showcase the industries’ progress and development through the years at Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex on June 30, 2017.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo was thankful to the farmers and fisherfolks who came and join the celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte despite the ongoing crisis in Marawi. The Governor was emotional expressing her disgust to the terrorist who took siege of the city that brought terror in Lanao del Sur and spoil the fragile reputation of Mindanao dragging the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte. Governor Dimaporo said that the declaration of Martial Law was in fact favourable to the people of Lanao del Norte. The constituents are obedient to the rules imposed by the said declaration. Parents are happy because their children are already inside their house before the curfew hour strikes. Governor Imeda Quibranza-Dimaporo expressed her gratitude to the Municipal Mayors who have supported her and the Provincial Government in assuring that no harm will come in Lanao del Norte.
1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo proudly expressed his gratitude to all the Municipal Mayors and Municipal Agriculture Officers who have continuously supported the Provincial Government’s initiative. The time has come again that the image of Lanao del Norte has been dragged down as to what happen to our neighbour province. People not from the province may see Lanao del Norte the same with the province of Lanao del Sur. This we cannot blame them for they rely only on social media or even some news channel as basis for their judgement.
The young and energetic Congressman of the 1st District challenged these people to visit the place. Lanao del Norte has so much to offer it is only a matter of experiencing it. What separates Lanao del Norte from other provinces is the unity between Muslims and Christians. He said, “I was happy that with the support of the Mayors, the Governor pushed through with the celebration of Araw ng Lanao del Norte because this is the time of the year where we show our pride that we are from Lanao del Norte, we show our pride that we progress better than our neighbours. This is where we show our difference why we will succeed where other provinces have failed. Terrorism will not thrive in Lanao del Norte because of the development we have here and the unity among the Muslims and Christians, We respect each other’s religion”.
Congressman Khalid even mentioned that every Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha the province has a nice celebration for the Muslims of Lanao del Norte. Every Eid’l Adha almost 100 – 200 heads of cattle are slaughtered to give to our Muslim brothers and sisters. Respecting other’s religion is the key to a brighter future. That is why we are proud to celebrate Araw ng Lanao del Norte because that’s what set as apart from the rest, the vibrant Congressman said. The Agri-Aqua fair showcased the hardwork of the farmers and fishermen of the province.
The two Congressmen support the vision of Secretary Emmanuel F. Piňol of the Department Of Agriculture. Secretary Piňol wants irrigation free to all farmers without any hidden fees and we support this vision of the secretary for the province of Lanao del Norte is a big beneficiary of this free irrigation especially the 2nd District of the province. Congressman Khalid is very proud of the Mayors for their hardwork in availing budgets for infrastructural projects from the Mindanao Rural Development Projects in partnership with the Provincial Government and the Municipalities. Before the end of this year, Mayors were encouraged to submit proposals to the DA in order for the department to download the share for each municipality under the total budget of 25 billion for the whole country. I-reap program was also brought up by the Congressman citing MinCoCo as the pride and joy of I-reap. It was a success because you the people have work hard for it. It is you who have prepared, submit and defend the program proposal until it was approved by the PRDP I-reap. The Office of the two Congressional Districts, the Provincial Government and the Municipalities are always here to help you but we cannot do that unless you help yourselves Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo said to the members attended the fair. It his parting message, “We should work together for the development of Lanao del Norte and let us attack the PRDP of the Department of Agriculture with our program proposals”.
2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo expressed his admiration to the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. For his programs are effective in helping the poor. President Duterte instructed all heads of the national department to converge and work together for a common purpose of serving the people. Congressman Abdullah said that soon a food processing plant will be established to add value to the local produce of Lanao del Norte. This plant is capable of processing the local products of the province like the fruit marang into an ice cream flavour. Various programs have been initiated by the Congressman together with the Provincial Government and 1st Congressional District.
SM Foundation Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan a trainors-training program where farmers are being taught the correct and proper techniques in farming, and these farmers are being guided on how to transact and manage their own business. This is only one of the various poverty alleviation programs of the Quibranza-Dimaporo initiative because the 2nd District Congressman believes that the root of all these insurgencies is caused by poverty. The programs of the Department of Agriculture are very essential to the development of Lanao del Norte, that is why we need to work together to tapped in to the department’s budget for our projects. “I hope that KAMMP (Kapatid sa Agri Marketing Mentoring Program) will be launch here in Lanao del Norte for Region X, I hope that it will accepted by the Department of Trade and Industry and also by the Department of Agriculture because I understand that the Governor is ready to accommodate the launching of KAMMP in the Province of Lanao del Norte”, Congressman Abdullah said.
DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piňol was represented by Engineer Christopher B. Morales, Chief Field Programs Planning Division. Enginner Morales discussed the future of Lanao del Norte for agri and fishery sector in two aspects in which the secretary wants to established. First is the Partnership, it is important that we partner with the local government units to implement the programs of the department. “We saw in Lanao del Norte the commitment to implement projects and commitment to support the projects of the national government agencies so far as the implementing projects for the agri and fishery sector, isang malaking saludo para sa Lanao del Norte”, Engr. Morales said. And the second aspect is the Expansion of Economic Opportunities for agri and fishery sector, in this it does not only focus on the production but more importantly more on the process for the value adding activities that would bring additional increase for the farmers and fisherfolks of the province. The department envision for the next medium term is to increase opportunities for these small farmers to access the market with the help of the Municipal Mayors, the Governor of the Province and the two Congressmen, and to help introduce the One Town, One Product (OTOP) of every municipalities. PIO-LDN