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Cotabato folk learn from enterprise roadshow 

GOVERNANCE/POLITICS • 17:45 PM Fri Aug 2, 2019
John M. Unson
Thousands joined the North Cotabato enterprise information roadshow. (Handout photo) 

NORTH COTABATO --- Many participants to the provincial enterprise information roadshow this week did not know that the Land Bank of the Philippines has support packages they can avail of.

North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco said Friday the event held on Monday at the provincial capitol in Kidapawan City was meant to boost the local economy.

Close to 2,000 farmers, fishermen and entrepreneurs from across North Cotabato and its capital, Kidapawan City, joined the forum facilitated by the office of Catamco, the LBP and different line agencies and support offices under Malacañang.

Catamco said the micro small medium enterprises (MSMEs) information roadshow at the provincial gymnasium in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City provided participants ideas on what capacity-building interventions the government can extend to them.

A number of participants from North Cotabato’s non-Moro indigenous highland communities told reporters it was from the forum that they learned that securing assistance from the government is not a tedious process.

“We learned it is not at all difficult. Now we know where to go to get support,” 43-year-old farmer Vicente Ontas said in the Cebuano dialect.

Even Moro fishermen from towns along the Liguasan Delta where they catch endemic freshwater fishes had said they are thankful to the provincial government and the LBP for educating them on how to avail of support needed to improve the inland fishing industry they are in.

“Besides the support from Land Bank, we know now what agencies can help us have more catch and on how to protect Liguasan Marsh from overfishing,” Khalid Sanday, 30, said in Filipino in Maguindanaon accent.

The day-long event at the provincial capitol focused on roadshow presentations on Accessible Funds for Delivery to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries, or AFFORD-ARBs.

It is an individual direct lending program for agrarian reform beneficiaries engaged in propagation of rice, corn and high value crops.

The loan program can also be earmarked for hand tractors and other farm equipment.

Speakers also lectured on the socialized credit program of the Sugar Regulatory Administration under the Sugarcane Industry Development Act and the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.

“I am thankful to LBP and all other government agencies that cooperated to make the roadshow a success,” Catamco said.



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