National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Noel K. Felongco and Kauswagan Municipal Mayor Rommel C. Arnado signed a MOA aiming to institutionalize their partnership for the implementation of the Village-linked Coco Industry Development prototype project on September 12, 2019 at Kauswagan Municipal Hall, Lanao del Norte.
Lanao Del Norte Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo expressed her full support to the project through her presence during the MOA signing. She urged the beneficiaries present to assist in the implementation of the project and mentioned that the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte will also actively monitor the project.
Sec. Felongco commends Mayor Arnado for being a firm believer of organic farming and said that the success of the poverty reduction prototype project in the municipality is in the hands of the people.
Immediately after the MOA signing, Sec. Felongco and Mayor Arnado faced the local media in the province to further discuss the ways forward for the implementation of the Village-linked Coco Industry Development poverty reduction prototype project and to lay down the banner programs of NAPC and the newly passed Magna Carta of the Poor. Meanwhile, prior to the MOA signing, NAPC conducted a Ka-Sambayanihan Volunteers’ Orientation with farmers and fisherfolk in Kauswagan.
Moving forward, NAPC Mindanao Operations Unit headed by Mr. Augustus Tapia initiated a coordination meeting with the LGU Kauswagan department heads on September 13, 2019. As agreed, an official order from Mayor Arnado will be released to form a Project Monitoring Committee (PMC) who will oversee the whole project implementation and under the PMC a Technical Working Group (TWG) will be created to handle the technical aspects of the prototype project funded by PAGCOR.