Residents of Banganga were once coconut farmers. After typhoon “Pablo” wrought havoc in 2012, they shifted to rice and corn production. The lack of production support, however, had hindered development.
Through its Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region XI recently extended over P1 million worth of agriculture infrastructure for those affected by the typhoon in Barangay Binondo, Banganga, Davao Oriental.
A Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement will be given along with a warehouse and bags of upland rice and corn seeds, which will benefit the members of Nagkaauyong Mandaya sang Tigbawan, Inc. (NMSTI).
Banganga, which is not easily accessible, lacked support until the 67 Infantry Battalion (IB) established livelihood projects as part of the security sector of the PAMANA livelihood program.
According to DA XI- PAMANA representative Jennifer Tangonan, aside from the 67 IB, the project is also in collaboration with the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Process and local government unit (LGU) of Baganga.
“DA XI’s support will not stop here. We will visit the place from time to time to check if these projects really served their purpose,” Tangonan said.
She added that in coordination with the LGU they will continue to identify and address the challenges in Banganga’s agriculture sector.
“Gone are the days when we used our sleeping mats to dry our harvested corn seeds. We will take care of these projects to show our commitment to more agricultural development in Baganga,” said NMSTI president Rommel Magno as he expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the agencies who helped them rebuild their lives after typhoon Pablo hit.