MISAMIS ORIENTAL, April 15 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office has turned over Php 506,200 worth of livelihood financial assistance for Cassava Marketing to 124 Mindulao Farmers Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative (MINFARCCO) in Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for cassava products is still very high.
MINFARCCO Chairperson Ediver Joy Buyan said the entire Misamis Oriental province cannot cope with the demand for cassava. Hence, the cooperative decided to seek aid from DOLE, not only to address the demand of the local consumers but also to address poverty in the community.
He further said the farmer-members were more than willing to take part in the expansion of cassava production, foreseeing the equitable growth, development and sustainable agriculture. The opportunities in creating rural enterprises for cassava processing like upgrading of farming skills and price control surge of cassava products are highlighted.
Buyan expressed his gratitude to DOLE-10 and the local government of Magsaysay, saying he and his members are fully determined to sustain and later on expand the project to realize their “Pay It Forward” vision, which aims to improve the lives of Mindulao farmers especially the less fortunate, marginalized and vulnerable ones.
For his part, DOLE-Misamis Oriental Chief Errol A. Natividad thanked the Magsaysay LGU for its continued support to its constituents. He is positive that the project will succeed and grow, as it is not only income generating, but providing jobs as well.
The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program supports the governments’ agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction by providing livelihood assistance. (DOLE MisOr)