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CAR-Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Committee Meeting (April 28, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 28 April 2021

Agriculture Secretary William Dar, as Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS), led the committee meeting of the Cordillera Administrative Region – Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (CAR-BP2) on April 28, 2021.

During the meeting, the committee presented to the Secretary the updates on their regional implementation and proposed Regional Action Plan of the CAR-BP2. The committee convened last October 2020.

For agriculture and food security, the committee proposed the following strategies:

  • Organize farmers’ cooperative;
  • Improve access to agriculture agro-industries support services for increased productivity and resiliency;
  • Improve access to affordable formal credit, finance, insurance, and other grants
  • Promote crop/product diversification or shift to high-value crops;
  • Increase investments in agriculture infrastructure development;
  • Promote research on the adoption of climate-smart, energy-efficient, and environment-friendly agricultural practices banking on indigenous knowledge and practices.

These strategies, along with other programs to empower local industries, programs for housing, social welfare, health, employment and human resource, and programs for infrastructure development, will be endorsed to Regional Development Council (RDC).

The Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program is a socio-economic program developed by the Duterte administration that seeks to address Metro Manila’s congested areas by encouraging people especially informal settlers to return to their home provinces.

Through this initiative, the Department of Agriculture together with other government agencies will join forces in ensuring the continuous improvement of economies and quality of life in the provinces with the program’s long-term plans on various investments in infrastructure, agriculture, business, transportation, and access to a responsive healthcare system. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)