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DAVAO CITY – Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo committed full support to the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa Program (BP2) Program and offered more resettlement areas for her province’s returning informal urban settlers, an official said Wednesday.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that the Balik Probinsya team meets with the governor and several town mayors in the said province.

Dimaporo said the province is ready for the roll-out of the pilot BPBPP Project in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

Earlier, Kauswagan Mayor Rommel Arnado has offered to host the first BP2 program resettlement area for 200 families to be involved in organic broiler chicken and vegetable production.

Dimaporo added that the succeeding sites in the province should explore other models in the livelihood and economic activities.”

Meanwhile, Piñol said that Mayor Barry Baguio of Kapatagan vowed to host a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) facility which could employ returning residents.

He added that other mayors said they are willing to host BP2 resettlements too with a different set up.

“The MinDA team which left Kidapawan City early today for a 6-hour land trip, will return to Tubod next week for another round of consultations with LGUs. From Tubod, the MinDA Team will proceed to Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte for a site validation and consultation for the BP2 Program implementation,” Piñol added.

The BP2 Program, initiated by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, aims to balance urban and rural development by refocusing government resources on the countryside.

Decongesting urban centers, especially Metro Manila of informal settlers and relocating them in the rural areas with support from the different government agencies is the first step in the program.

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an Executive Order implementing the program through a Council initially composed of 22 agencies.

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