ARAKAN, COTABATO – Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) 12 in partnership with Koronadal City Eagles Club, Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Pres Roxas, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) 12, Army’s 1002nd Infantry “Bagwis” Brigade, 72nd Infantry “Gabay” Battalion and various Government and Agricultural Agencies successfully conducted Barangay Extension Service Operations (BESO) Outreach Program held at Barangay Tuael, Pres Roxas earlier today, July 31, 2021.
Barangay Extension Service Operations (BESO) Outreach Program is a project of DA-SAAD 12 which aims to reach out to IP Communities in Region 12 specifically in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs). This activity is one of the sustainment efforts of DA to address the issues, concerns and needs of the people, to uplift and enhance their living conditions and to educate them with better livelihood programs especially during this Pandemic. Also, this activity serves as a bridge to the interventions of various Government Agencies to extend their projects and programs as “A Holistic Approach to Agriculture and Fisheries Transformation” to the people in Region 12. It is an effective approach in achieving a long lasting peace and development that everyone is aspiring for and in attaining a peaceful and conflict-resilient community to end our more than five (5) decades of struggle against insurgency.
Barangay Tuael was known as one of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) affected barangays in the Municipality of Pres Roxas which was later cleared by the Community Support Program Teams (CSPTs) and now being monitored and assisted by the Community Development Team (CDT).
The activity was graced by Mr. Arlan M Mangelen, Regional Executive Director, DA-SAAD 12; Hon. Krista Piñol-Solis, Board Member; Hon. Jonathan O Mahimpit, Municipal Mayor, Pres Roxas; Ret. Col Celestino Desamito Jr, DA 12 Farm Manager; Eagle Reuel Zambra, President Koronadal City Eagles Club; Dir. Eduardo Marquez, Regional Director NICA 12; Hon. Daniel B Pontongan, Barangay Chairman, Barangay Tuael; Mr. Eduardo Castin and Mr. Angel Cervantes, RAFC/PAFC Chairman; Mr. Romel F Jaculba, Municipal Agriculturist; Col. Ted B Dumosmog, Deputy Brigade Commander, 1002nd Bde; LTC Jose C Regonay Jr, Commanding Officer, 72IB; staff from DA-SAAD 12; and troops and officers of 1002Bde and 72IB.
It started with a Tree Planting activity and was steered thru series of inspirational messages coming from the heads of various Government Agencies, intermission numbers from IP Groups of Pres Roxas and subsequently the Ceremonial Toasting of Milk and Ceromonial Distribution of DA-SAAD 12 Interventions. Among the interventions were 100 bags of Urea; 50 bags of GM Hybrid Corn Seeds; 100 packs of Sweet Corn seeds; 150 sachet of Pheromone; 2 boxes of Rodenticide; 50 bottles of Insecticide; 200 packs of vegetable seeds; 2 sets of Garden Tools; 300 pcs of Assorted Fruit Trees; 6 heads of Sheep; 10 heads of Chicken; 25 bots of Foliar Fertilizer; 50 packs of Vegetable Seeds (PAKBET); 1 carabao head; 100 pcs of Coconut Hybrid Seedlings; 3000 Tilapia Fingerlings; 200 bots of Cold Milk; 150 food packs from DA 12; 100 pairs of slippers from DA 12; 10 sets of Garden Tools w/ boots; 150 food packs from Eagles Club; 100 pairs of Slippers from Eagles Club; and mushroom production (with starter kit) and food processing (with starter kit)
“We, the Department of Agriculture will do everything to reach out and facilitate the delivery of agricultural services to the people of Region 12. I strongly urge everyone to work together and support the programs of the Department of Agriculture because these programs are intended for all of you.” Mr. Mangelen said in his message.
In behalf of Hon. Nancy A Catamco, Governor of North Cotabato, Hon. Krista Piñol-Solis expressed her gratitude and commended the dedication and commitment of DA 12 for extending their hands to the residents of Barangay Tuael. She assured that the Provincial Government of North Cotabato will give its best effort and full cooperation in the implementation of programs and projects of the Government thru the Department of Agriculture for the Cotabateños.
Further, Hon. Mahimpit said in his message, “I am very thankful for everyone who made this outreach program sucessful. I assure all of you that this program will not go to waste. We will monitor these interventions and work together achieve a more productive and prosperous Pres Roxas.” He also expressed his gratitude to all the men and women in uniform for their unwavering support and commendable performances in maintaining the peace and order in the their Municipality.
In response, Col. Ted B Dumosmog, Deputy Bde Commander, 1002nd Bde lauded the Department of Agriculture for their initiative of reaching out and extending their services to the residents of Barangay Tuael. He assured that the Army will continue to support all the programs, projects and interventions of the Government while doing its sworn duty to maintain peace and order in the Province of North Cotabato.