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January 10, 2017  12:04 AM

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FARMERS in the town of Lambunao, Iloilo are some of the beneficiaries of the “Angat Buhay” program of Vice Pres. Leni Robredo.

Robredo was in Iloilo on Jan. 7, 2017 to launch the anti-poverty program which covers five areas of advocacy – education, universal care, food security and nutrition, rural development, and women empowerment.

 

Lambunao is among its 50 pilot adopted local government units and the only recipient town in Iloilo.

Robredo said her office partners with LGUs and private corporations for the implementation of Angat Buhay projects.

“We are choosing the poorest municipalities. But we did not choose Labuan because it is poor but because of the success of the local chief executive in making the town progressive,” she said.

Lambunao is led by former Iloilo City councilor now town Mayor Jason Gonzales.

First three projects were launched in the town such as linking farmers to markets, feeding program for malnourished children, and establishment of play centers in every barangay.

Under the rural development advocacy, 15,000 farmers from the town were given the opportunity to have markets for their produce.

The town has 24,000 hectares of rice land with which 90 percent is rain fed.

“The common problem of farmers is the availability of seeds especially during the first cropping. And the concerns with tenant still exist. We also would want to help our farmers increase their income and avoid the presence of middlemen,” she said.

For the nutrition program, 731 severely malnourished and stunted kids will be fed for three months.

Barangay Pajo served as the pilot area for the construction of a 600-square meter play garden.

Robredo said another batch of towns will be chosen in October as beneficiaries of the program.

The vice president said she will be back in Iloilo next month but for another activity.