Siquijor, Philippines – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will expect funding worth of P100 billion within the next decade. This budget will be allotted to develop the region’s agricultural sector.
The master plan has already been submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte last week. It was also presented to BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim.
The agriculture and fisheries roadmap
In the crafted master plan, agriculture and fisheries productivity in the region will be increased. There is a proposal to create attached agencies like the National Food Authority (NFA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to MAFAR.
The plan includes the assisting of the titling of lands to end conflicts among different clans. To make the region self-sufficing in food, the roadmap also allows the establishment of a food security plan.
Mohamad Yacob, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) said that the creation of the agriculture master plan was historic for their region.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and MAFAR intentionally rushed the crafting of the region’s agriculture and fisheries roadmap. This is according to the administration’s “focal person” to the BARMM, resigned Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
Fast-tracked crafting of the plan was intended for it to be presented to President Duterte before the State of the Nation Address.
Piñol will be the chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). This government agency will oversee the economic and development authority in the Bangsamoro region.
P100 B, not a burden
BARMM consists of Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Maguindanao, Basilan and Tawitawi and the City of Cotabato which has one of the highest poverty incidences among the regions of the country.
The region’s budget planners express their doubt on the huge budget requirement, says Piñol. But he doesn’t think that BARMM’s agriculture master plan funding requirement will be a burden to the national government. He says that there are many countries that showed a willingness to help.
In a recent separate meeting with the DA, Italian and Turkish government already expressed their interest.
Source: Manila Bulletin