By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 13 (PIA ICCC) – Farmers and fisherfolks here received livelihood support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Agrarian Reform – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MAFAR-BARMM) through the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).

The procurement process of the farm and fishing inputs was facilitated by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-10 and the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 with the Marawi City Fishery Office (CFO) and Marawi City Agriculture and Fisheries Office (AFO) of MAFAR-BARMM doing the distribution to the target beneficiaries.

The BFAR and CFO sought to distribute a total of 874  fiber reinforced plastic boats with 6.5 horsepower engine to the fisherfolks of Marawi.

Meanwhile, the DA and AFO aim to distribute 13,000 sweet potato cuttings each to 13 farmer-beneficiaries; garden tools set (knapsack sprayer, sprinkler, spade, shovel, pick mattock and bolo) to 142 beneficiaries; one cattle each to 162 beneficiaries; 10 goats each to 25 beneficiaries; 33 bottles of drug and vaccines for livestock; 28 doe with one buck and one goat house each to two beneficiaries; corn shellers to seven beneficiaries; three units of hand tractor cultivator; seven units of four-wheeled tractor with 90 to 100 horsepower; nine units of mobile rice mill; two units of rice thresher; two units of rice combine harvester and one unit of rice transplanter.

TFBM Field Office manager Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. reminded the beneficiaries to take care of the farm inputs and equipment they received.

“Iyong mga tulong na binibigay sa inyo ay mahalin niyo. Sa tulong ng government agencies, kapag tayo ay magtulung-tulungan, sabay-sabay nating maibabangon ang Marawi,” said Castro.

(You should take care of all those interventions provided to you. With the support from the government agencies, if we will all help each other, we can make Marawi rise up again.)

“These goods coming from the government… take care of these. I hope you will also care for our Lanao Lake because this is the source of livelihood, fishery products and food,” said  BFAR-10 Regional Director Allan Poquita.

MAFAR Minister Mohammad Yacob also underscored the responsibility of the beneficiaries for maintaining the inputs given to them.

“You are responsible for the sustainability of these projects. You are our partners,” said Yacob.

Faida Amer alongwith other farmer-beneficiaries pose with TFBM Field Office Manager Asec. Felix Castro Jr. and MAFAR-BARMM Minister Mohammaf Yacob during the ceremonial distribution of garden tools set. (Photo by Lou Ellen Antonio/PIA ICCC)

Faida Amer of Barangay Dayawan felt grateful when she received a set of garden tools, as these will be helpful in planting vegetables.

BFAR and DA are both members of the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood of TFBM. (LEAntonio)