by Secretary Emmanuel Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay - The municipality of Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte has earmarked a 200-hectare plantation area for the first 200 families coming home from Metro Manila under the Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Program of the Duterte Administration.

On Tuesday, I met with Kalawit Mayor Salvador Antojado and Zamboanga del Norte official Joey Bernad in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to turn over a P500,000 support fund from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) for the survey of the proposed BPBPP site.

The Kalawit Balik Probinsya Resettlement Village is one of the four Pilot Sites chosen to serve as model BPBPP communities all over the country.

The others are in Camarines Sur, Leyte and Kauswagan, Lanao Del Norte.

Kalawit, a young town with vast unused land, offered to host 200 families originally from Zamboanga del Norte who are now in Metro Manila.

Mayor Antojado said the families to be selected for the Kalawit Resettlement will be those who would be willing to till the land and get involved with agriculture.

Each family will be given a house and the whole community will work as one in undertaking agricultural production.

In contrast, the Kauswagan Model only has a compact area of 6.3-hectares where the beneficiaries will undertake Organic Chicken and Vegetable Production.

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