MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Army is having an inventory of its lands in camps across the country which can be converted into residential areas for beneficiaries of the national government’s Balik-Probinsya Program (BPP).
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that one possible area is the almost 1,200 hectares of military land in Bukidnon that can be converted into farmland.
“Tutulungan din namin ang mga tao na iyan kasi malapit sila sa kampo kung papaano nila mapapaunlad ang kanilang mga sakahan (We will help the beneficiaries especially those near the camps on how they will develop the land),” Lorenzana said during the Laging Handa press briefing on June 12.
The DND has also identified four model resettlement communities in Mindanao for the BPP.
One of which is the 6.3 hectares model community in Kausuagan, Lanao del Norte, according to Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairman Secretary Manny Piñol.
Aside from housing units, the entire community will also be trained in organic farming such as poultry raising and vegetable cultivation.
“Ni-link up na namin sila sa merkado. So, pag-start nila ng production meron na kaagad bibili nung kanilang produkto kasi naka-kontrata na, (We will link them up with the market. So when they start their production, they will have a ready market for their products because there are contracts already),” Piñol said.
The official estimates the first model community to be established within the next two months which can house up to 200 families. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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