Jolo, Sulu - Representative Tupay Loong (1st District, Sulu) announced yesterday that he will continue to provide livelihood programs and infrastructure projects to uplift the lives of his constituents and boost the economy of the province.
''I will continue to bring in livelihood and infrastructure projects for the people of my district in the coming days because I want to liberate our people here from the bandage of poverty, and this can only be done by extending to them the necessary assistance, like livelihood opportunities and infrastructure projects,'' he pointed out.
Long said that among the livelihood assistance he had extended include the distribution of some 150,000 hybrid coconut seedlings that he bougth from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) in Zamboanga City.
He said that the coconut seedlings replaced the old coconut trees in the towns of Hadji Panglima Tahil, Indanan, Jolo, Maimbung, Pangutaran, Parang, Patikul, and Talipao - all located under the 1st District of Sulu.
As this developed, PCA Deputy Administrator Carlos Bañaga Carpio lauded Loong for allocating funds out of his Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) for the purchase of the 150,000 hybrid coconut seedlings from the PCA.
Loong also distributed about 2,000 heads of ducks to the coastal residents of the municipalities of Hadji Panglima Tahil, Indanan, Jolo, Maimbung, Pangutaran, Parang, Patikul, and Talipao.
The Sulu lawmaker believes that livelihood opportunity is the key to bail out the people from poverty, and eradicate insurgency in the province.
''Always remember that the root cause of insurgency is poverty. Now, if I will continue to introduce a series of livelihood programs for my constituents under my district, I am therefore helping reduce the insurgency rate in Sulu,'' Loong said.
Adding that his office in this capital town will continue to distribute agricultural seedlings like abaca, rubber, and other high-valued agricultural plants to the people of Sulu in the coming days.
Sulu is a predominantly agricultural province with coconut and abaca farming, and fishing as its main livelihood activities.