March 5, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province — The provincial government and local officials thanked the Department of Agriculture for providing agri-based livelihood assistance to 43 principal beneficiaries and seven farmers associations (FCAs) in two towns in the province under the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program.

June Pinayakan representing Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. commended DA for its continuing support as DA Regional Director Cameron P. Odsey led the turnover of two crossbred gilt pigs, eight sacks of hog feeds, farm tools (garden hose, garden hoe and field boots), various vegetables seeds with two bags of fertilizers and materials for the construction of pigpens to each of the 43 principal beneficiaries, 20 of them from Sadanga and 23 in Sabangan last October 14.

Four FCAs in Sabangan and three in Sadanga also received each four crossbred gilt pigs, vegetable seeds, and one bag of fertilizer amounting to P154, 000.

Pinayakan challenged the beneficiaries to seize the BP2 Program as an opportunity to start and live a better life in the province.

Sadanga Mayor Adolf Ganggangan and Sabangan Mayor Marcial Lawilao Jr. also thanked the DA for granting livelihood interventions for their people who decided to come back and settle for good in their hometown.

The BP2 aims to help address congestion concerns in Metro Manila while further developing opportunities in the rural areas. It aims to provide hope for a better future to Filipinos through equity in resources throughout the country that will boost countryside development. – Valerie Taguba