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ATI Partners with LGUs to Boost Agri Productivity in 22 Poor Provinces
MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL & CEBU, Philippines – Some 22 poorest provinces in the country are set to reap from good agricultural harvest with the new partnership formed between the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the local government units (LGUs).
The said partnership is for the program coined as “Increasing Agricultural Productivity towards Food Security and Poverty Alleviation: Extension Support to the Twenty Two Provinces with Highest Poverty Incidence in the Philippines". Through this, ATI is set to provide technical assistance to different farming and fishing communities to increase their productivity.
In two ceremonies held separately in Misamis Occidental and Cebu, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed among representatives of ATI, provincial LGUs, and regional offices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“If we want positive change to happen, we need to extend and join our hands. Together, we hope to achieve our purpose towards the development not only of the people, but also of the communities they live in,” ATI OIC-Director Luz Taposok said during the second MOU signing ceremony. She likewise stressed that there will be a benchmark survey in the identified communities to determine what particular interventions are needed.
The low-income class provinces that will be part of the program are based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. These include areas in Luzon and Visayas such as Mountain Province, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Western Samar.
In Mindanao, the areas included are Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Sarangani, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, Agusan del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi.
Prior to the commitment signing, ATI held an orientation about the purpose and nature of the program as well as on the roles of the concerned offices in its implementation. The first commitment signing was held for representatives in Mindanao on February 15 at the Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel and Adventure Park in Tangub City. While the commitment signing for the Luzon and Visayas areas was held on February 21 at the Civil Service Commission Regional Office 7, Lahug, Cebu City. A total of 44 representatives from ATI, provincial LGUs, and DILG regional offices were present in both activities.