MP to graduate from poverty in 3 years

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan does not see poverty leaving his landlocked province until after three years.


The governor aired that grim assessment during a workshop consultation for the implementation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) for FY 2019 held last January 29, 2018 in Bontoc, Mountain Province.

SAAD is a six-year locally funded project under the Department of Agriculture that focuses on the most marginalized agricultural and fishery sectors in the country aiming to alleviate poverty of poor farmers and fisherfolks through provision of agricultural and fishery livelihood-related projects to its target beneficiaries, the implementation of which started in 2017 with Apayao as the first Cordillera province covered.

In his message, governor Lacwasan reiterated the importance of cooperation and support among the barangay captains under the coverage of the program to implement the program wisely.

“For the barangays who were selected, please cooperate and be obedient to implement this project and we hope that after three years we will also graduate from poverty,” Lacwasan said.

The consultation-workshop was done in preparation for the smooth implementation of the program next year in the said province.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, Mountain Province had the highest poverty incidence in the Cordillera at 49.9% in the first semester of 2015. It increased by 4.6% since the first semester of 2012.

For Mountain Province, all of the ten municipalities were chosen as beneficiaries with one barangay per municipality as main focus of implementation. Identified program interventions are swine production, poultry production, mango production, citrus production, banana production, coffee and cacao production, tiger grass and swamp gabi production, brown egg production, quail egg production, legumes and vegetable production.

Selection of the barangay coverage of the program was based on the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS 2013) poverty incidence rate data. These are Bekigan in Sadanga, Leseb in Bauko, Ankileng in  Sagada, Pudo in Natonin, Mabalite in Tadian, Latang in Barlig, Napua in Sabangan, Catengan in Besao, Dalican in Bontoc and Bunot in Paracelis.

Provincial Agriculturist (PA) John Likigan briefed the participants regarding the program. All of the Municipal Agriculturists (MA’s) were present during the activity together with the Barangay Captains and some Barangay Kagawads.

SAAD Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan was also present along with her staff.

Other participants came from the Provincial Agriculture’s Office, and DA-CAR.

The workshop consultation aimed to create a proposed design that will fit the needs of the beneficiaries by involving them in the planning process.

“We hope that your commitment and cooperation will be there from the start of the program up to the end of the project,” stated Ms. Jane Tumapang, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist in her closing remarks.

By Leny Mendoza


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.