PIDIGAN, Abra (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture Cordillera led an information caravan on Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program for municipal focal persons on Thursday at the Mt. Carmel Training Center here.
More than 60 municipal social welfare and development officers and municipal agriculturists were updated by member-agencies of the Cordillera BP2 Committee of the program components, timeframe of implementation, communication plan, and other regional updates. They were also apprised of the role of local government units and BP2 focal persons in validating and assisting the applicants.
Chris Paul Monganili of the National Housing Authority reported that as of November 25, 2021, there are 568 BP2 applicants in CAR, Benguet has the most with 173, followed by Abra with 157, 125 for Apayao, 48 for Kalinga, 35 for Mountain Province and 30 for Ifugao. Most of the applicants for Abra want to go back to Bangued.
Local government units are urged to take an active role in the implementation of BP2 in their respective municipalities.
He reminded the LGUs and the Provincial Government of Abra to officially write to the BP2 secretariat signifying their intent and readiness to receive BP2 beneficiaries together with contact details of their focal persons.
The BP2 contained in Executive Order No. 114 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, aims “to ensure balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources and opportunities through policies and programs that boost countryside development and inclusive growth, provide adequate social services, and promote full employment, industrialization and improved quality of life in rural areas."
Applicants to the program are assessed if they qualify and then will be validated. Qualified applicants can avail of livelihood assistance and packages, and training programs of concerned government agencies.
BP2 Focal Person of DA-CAR Lito Mocati presented the support services of DA to the program that the beneficiaries could avail of. These include household food sufficiency, capacity building, and household livelihood development.
The BP2 in the CAR was rolled out in Apayao last October. (JDP/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)