Davao de Oro — With the “Bayanihan 4Ps+” as the province’s blueprint in governance, Davao de Oro continues to ascend towards progress thru infrastructure projects and agricultural development which speeds up the delivery of local produce to markets through road networks, upgrade farming practices of its local farmers and making far flung areas much more accessible than before.
Through the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) more or less 80 infrastructure projects were currently on-going in construction. These projects includes road concreting, construction of potable water systems, bridge construction, multi-purpose building, covered court, and rehabilitation and improvement of various projects. These on-going projects will lay the foundations towards ensured progress in various places within the province. For its long term effects, the said projects will not just provide comfort for the residents, with proper utilization, these will open opportunities for business ventures, provide easy access to tourism destinations, transport of agricultural produce from the high-lands to town proper and more job opportunities for the locals.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office (PAGRO) continues to support local farmers in the province through various initiatives. The Rice Expansion Project in Bahi, Maragusan, Davao de Oro continues to operate. As of December 2020, 3.38 hectares of land was cleared and grubbed, 0.87 hectares completely converted to rice area and 2.51 hectares is available for conversion. This project aims to expand rice production capacity of the province ensuring food security for its people.
On agri-fishery initiatives, the province also turned-over Fishing Paraphernalias to Fisherfolks in Mabini, Maco, and Pantukan. Total materials given were 133 units of gill net, 110 units of multiple hand line, 43 units of hook and line, 5 Tuna handline, 10 units jigger with flasher, 2005 bags of bangus feeds, 150,000 pcs. of Bangus Garungan and 1 unit fiberglass banca with complete accessories.
PAGRO also conducted lecture on vegetable, sweet corn, adlay production and natural farming technology system and demonstration of bio pesticides and fertilizers for farmer’s organization in Longanapan, Laak, Davao de Oro. These various interventions of the provincial government concretes the path towards sustainable development. (Jasteen P. Abella, Information Division Davao de Oro)