by Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MUNAI, Lanao del Norte (PIA)–In a significant stride towards economic development and agricultural advancement, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Agriculture have handed over two remarkable projects in this town, promising new opportunities for the local community.
The DPWH turned over a two-story multi-purpose town center, spanning an expansive 855 square meters. This state-of-the-art facility boasts 18 stalls, making it a bustling hub for various commercial activities, such as trading, studios, exhibits, seminars, and conferences. With a capacity to accommodate approximately 1,000 individuals, the town center serves as a versatile platform for the local community to engage in diverse economic and social endeavors.
Mayor Racma Andamama explained that in their town, marketing activities are currently limited to Mondays. However, the mayor expressed the possibility of transforming it into a permanent everyday occurrence once the town center is officially opened, enabling visitors to come regularly and enjoy the market.
The Department of Public Works and Highways turned over a two-story multi-purpose town center in Munai, Lanao del Norte. (ADD/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)
She also stated that the opening of the market will be organized after the turnover, and they intend to invite various vendors to participate. At present, the preparations for this initiative are still underway.
Governor Imelda Dela Cruz Quibranza expressed her optimism about the project’s potential to contribute to peace and unity in the region. She emphasized the importance of sustaining peace to attract more visitors and revealed upcoming programs focused on farming and the establishment of an abaca plantation, which will greatly benefit the livelihoods of the locals.
“Peace and order continue here with the unity of the people. I hope the peace will be sustained so that other visitors can come here. There will be many programs, especially in farming and abaca plantations, which will be a great help to their livelihood,” she said.
Simultaneously, through its Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), the DA handed over the Abaca Fiber Processing and Marketing Project to the Tambo Farmers Marketing Cooperative.
This initiative provides the cooperative with essential equipment, including decorticating machines, a winged van, a transformer, a baling machine, and raw materials worth P6.8 million. The provincial government also contributed P1.2 million to support the project.
Ali Raso, the Chairperson of the Tambo Farmer’s Marketing Cooperative, expressed gratitude to the PRDP for their assistance. He highlighted the significant impact of the project on the cooperative’s operations, emphasizing the positive outcomes for the community.
“Nalipay mi. Magpasalamat pud mi sa pagtabang sa taga-PDRP diri sa amoang cooperative diri sa Munai, Lanao del Norte. Dako kaayo amoang pasalamat sa ilaha, kadtong si Regional Director Carlene Collado. Magpasalamat mi sa ilang governor ug si Congresswoman Amina Dimaporo, sa vice governor, sa taga-Sangguniang Panlalawigan ug diri sa mayor nato sa munai,” he said.
(We are happy. We also thank the PDRP for helping our cooperative here in Munai, Lanao del Norte. We are very thankful to them and to Regional Director Carlene Collado. We also thank the governor and Congresswoman Aminah Dimaporo, the vice governor, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and the mayor of Munai.)
Moreover, the DA-10 Regional Field Office revealed that the province has several upcoming projects this year. These include the approval of a rice mill project, support for the provincial enterprise, and the distribution of rice seeds and fertilizers, demonstrating the government’s commitment to fostering agricultural growth and improving the overall well-being of the community. (LELA/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)