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KIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE - A total of 119 Letter of Agreements (LOAs) were recently signed for the beneficiaries of the Enhanced National Greening Program (eNGP) implemented through family approach in the towns of Maitum, Kiamba and Maasim (MAKIMA), this province.
 
The signing capped the two-day program held on March 25-26 at the Maitum Municipal Gymnasium and Commuity Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Kiamba’s Conference Room headed by the CENR Officer Forester Abdul D. Cariga.
 
The 84 LOAs were signed for the beneficiaries of Maitum while 33 and 2 are from Kiamba and Maasim, respectively. Majority of the beneficiaries are members of the Indigenous People (IPs).
“We are grateful to DENR for giving us another opportunity to implement this project in our area. As a member of IP/ICC, we believed that this program will serve its purpose especially on poverty alleviation. I therefore encouraged everyone to implement this project better than ever,” said Kubli M. Kusin, chairperson of Upo Valley Farmers Association.
 
CENRO Kiamba shall develop a total of 517 hectares and will be planted with bamboo, cacao, coffee, and forest and fruit trees for the current year.
 
“The DENR Sarangani is the best NGP Implementer in Region 12 last year. Let us then uphold this reputation with diligence and passion,” Cariga said.
 
Cariga said that he is determined to sustain the good accomplishments of NGP for the coming years in the municipalities of Maitum, Kiamba and Maasim.
 
“Under my watch, we shall implement this greening program with strong partnership, accountability and transparency between us. We shall extend the technical assistance that you need to grow your plantation and achieve NGP’s purpose in your localities,” Cariga added.
 
The LOA signing was attended by the LGU-Maitum Officials through the Municipal Administrator Ruben Balanag, MENRO Nannette Nacional, Barangay Chairperson Lolita Wanan, Barangay Chairperson Yunie Labi and Barangay Chairperson Adynna Ramirez, the the BLGU Officials of Ticulab, Upo and Wali in Maitum, respectively and Barangay Councilors Tony Hilario of Maligang and Antonio Beril in Tambilil under the Municipality of Kiamba. (Aileen Tenio, IO Designate) | Photos courtesy: For. Abdul Mohaimen Mangorobong and Aryan Hadjisaid