HIGH-VALUE CROP PRODUCTION FOR TYPHOON VICTIMS. Barangay Chair Janet B. Diel [right] shows DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon the high-value crop demonstration farm in Olaycon, Monkayo. Managed by the recent graduates of SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program, the farm grows fruits and vegetables like watermelon, lettuce, stringed beans, ampalaya, kangkong, eggplant, tomato, squash, honeydew, cucumber, gourd, cantaloupe, and bell pepper.
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. Monkayo Mayor Joselito B. Brillantes awards a Certificate of Appreciation to Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD for the department’s support to the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program, a project of SM Foundation in partnership with Harbest Agribusiness Corp., Department of Agriculture, Monkayo LGU and DSWD. Some 154 professional and non-professional farmer-beneficiaries and Typhoon Pablo victims from 10 barangays in Monkayo recently graduated from the training.
To date, graduates have already been organized to undertake the DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program. The group is currently preparing the documents for the livelihood assistance to be extended by DSWD. Meantime, some graduates have already transferred the technology on high-value crop production by teaching other members in their barangay while other graduates are now cultivating their own backyard garden they could sustain for family consumption or for peddling at the local market. DSWD