Friday, April 9, 2010

LO and FAO to help fisher folks, farmers and workers (in Catanauan)


ILO and FAO to help fisher folks, farmers and workers
(philstar.com) Updated April 08, 2010 02:17 PM


MANILA, Philippines - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations today launched a project to help fisherfolks, farmers and workers in Bondoc Peninsula to address extreme poverty, inequality, social unrest and armed conflict.
In partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP), the project dubbed as “Inter-agency Programme to Nurture Peace, Security and Decent Work through Local Development in Conflict Areas of The Philippines (Bondoc Peninsula),” will cover the four municipalities of Mulanay, San Narciso, Unisan and Catanauan.
Ms Linda Wirth, Director of the ILO Subregional Office based in Manila explains, “Decent work is what is needed for poor people to escape the clutches of poverty, especially when they are living in conflict-affected areas with scarce opportunities and services.”
She stressed that in order to break the vicious cycle of poverty, people must work together to develop their own place. The central strategy of the project is local economic development and peace-building processes that puts a premium on directly addressing human security deficits. Capacity-based approach aims to expand their livelihood assets and increase productivity through participatory dialogue and institutional strengthening activities both at the community and local government levels.
A total of at least 3,500 women and men are expected to benefit from the project. This includes proper seed production and storage; integrated farming systems; organic farming; integrated pests management; improved poultry and livestock production; proper harvest and post-harvest practices and support to sustainable fishing methodologies.

Another 2,500 individuals will be given complementary off-farm livelihood assistance, market linkage support and entrepreneurial and technical vocational skills training. The project also targets 2,000 mothers and children from the four municipalities to benefit from better health services through improved maternal and child care programs.
Mulanay Municipal Mayor Prudencio Maxino expressed his gratitude to ILO and FAO for choosing Bondoc Peninsula, “I am elated over the project. It’s a welcome development because it reinforces my administration’s efforts to reduce poverty and uphold peace in our locality. The project is promising because it is very well-planned and takes-off from the resource capacity of our constituents, and we are determined to do our part to get it implemented”. 

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