10 ARMM towns to benefit from P2.5-B in foreign aid


DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Ten towns in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will benefit from some P2.5 billion in assistance, extended mainly by the Italian government to uplift the conditions of over 30,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries in the area.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said the Italian aid would go a long way in improving the lives of people in 35 agrarian reform communities through the building of rural infrastructure and providing start-up financing for livelihood projects and micro-enterprises in the area, not only for agrarian reform beneficiaries, but also for indigenous peoples, fisherfolks and upland farmers in these communities.

The project, funded mainly by a soft loan of 26,190,000 euro (P1.57 billion) and a grant of 1.35 million euro (P81 million) from the Italian government and some P866 million Philippine government counterpart, would benefit 53,000 households, and would be carried out in the next six years, said Hataman during the signing of the memorandum of agreement with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the implementation of the program.

“This means a lot to us, especially in the context of the signing of the framework agreement,” Hataman said, referring to the document signed between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in October 2012, which was expected to pave the way for a detailed political settlement.

According to Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes, projects will be funded in the Maguindanao towns of Datu Montawal, Datu Piang, North Upi, SK Pendatun, Sultan Mastura; the Lanao del Sur towns of Wao, Bubong, Kapatagan, Balindong, Malabang, among others.

The fund assistance mainly seeks to increase agricultural productivity of agrarian reform communities, develop viable markets for traditional crops and cash crops and fishery products, and strengthen the organizations of agrarian reform beneficiaries and improving their access to quality economic and basic support services.

Hataman said the six-year development project would address rural poverty and promote sustainable development in rural Mindanao.

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    KUNG hindi aayusin ng mabuti ang disbursement at allocation ng pondong yan, merong iilan na namang magiging mayamang-mayaman na taga ARMM.

  • Platypus09

    I think people nowadays need jobs, not lands.

    Use the money to generate jobs so people can provide things for their families.

    Distributing lands is a lost cause.

    I don’t think the new generation of Filipinos do care about owning lands nor would like to toil them from dawn to dusk..

    They just want enough land, a small parcel to build their houses which can be purchased in subdivisions as long as they have jobs and money to buy what they need.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WWOTOJASNHRXAP77UNRETCZZGQ ulrich j

      exactly  …well said…

  • kismaytami

    Utang-inang utang na naman yan! Huwag nang magtaka kung yung mga commander ng teroristang grupong milf ay magka-mansyon din katulad ng mga ampatuan.

  • kilabot

    and what about hacienda luisita farmers, aber?

  • chikko

    Here we go again, the high pofile corruption is in the offing. One million there; one million for the politician; one million for the contractor, and nothing for the poor people.  This happens as there  is no clear financial accountability on the part of  Accountable Officer, who is the politician. At the end, its the person who is holding the money who gets richer, and poor gets poorer as always.  This is exactly  parallel to its  “Ampatuan” style, who owns various  expensive  mansion, despite living in an impoverish area.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELTWKJPUAIB6ANDT4KSL7BSATA Shalani

    nakow, tiba tiba na naman si hataman, mga taga armm ayun ignorante pa rin,,, naghihirap kasi walang trbaho, walang oportunidad…….sinasabing gagamitin sa mga rural infrastructure project ang bigay na foreign aid, nakow, sa bulsa lang yan mapupunta …hay nakow

  • virgo57

    The color and smell of money is just around the corner yehhheeeey some will soon have collections of top of the line imported 4×4 SUV. Also, high powered firearms from Malaysia will be procured from this dirty looking officials.And the sad part, we will be paying the caprices of these you know who.Attaboy!


    Nagaantay ang JICA, USAID, AUSAID, WB at iba pang donor countries for the Finalized Bangsamoro Agreement…. Social Fund!? OUT!

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