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DAVAO CITY – Plan International, a non-government organization implementing the USAID-funded Marawi Rehabilitation Program, in coordination with Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will soon introduce micro-enterprise and livelihood projects in Marawi and Lanao del Sur.
“There are two major components of the program for implementation by Plan International in partnership with MinDA - the MinDA Tienda and the Livelihood Opportunities in Villages for Economic Upliftment (LOVE-U),” said MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol.
First introduced in the earthquake devastated areas of North Cotabato and Davao del Sur to address the rising prices of basic commodities, MinDA Tienda aims to assist organized women groups in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur in starting a community store which would offer basic household needs at prices lower than in the market.
The communal poultry raising project in areas affected by the recent earthquakes in Mindanao, on the other hand, will be implemented with Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation providing the chicks, feeds, facilities and technical supervision.
The Thai multi-national agricultural and Food Company will also buy the production in excess of what the community needs.
“In a meeting with Plan International officials, I emphasized that success of these projects should be measured in terms of the reduction of the poverty incidence in the area,” Piñol said.
Currently, seven of the 10 poorest provinces in the country are in Mindanao with Lanao del Sur ranking number one, followed by Sulu.
Lanao del Sur is recorded as the poorest province in the whole country with a poverty incidence level of 69%.
The economic condition of the people in the area was adversely affected by the conflict between the government and the terrorists who tried to occupy Marawi City in 2017.
According to the Secretary, apart from Lanao del Sur, other Mindanao areas with high poverty incidence levels will be also targeted for the implementation of the MinDA Tienda and the LOVE-U Programs of MinDA.
“MinDA will continuously work to ensure no Mindanao Province will be listed as among the 10 poorest areas in the country by 2025,” added Secretary Piñol.