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Lanao del Norte commits support for BP2 program

May 28, 2020 - Thursday 6:05 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image File photo by ROBERT OSWALD P. ALFILER / PNA

DAVAO CITY -- The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte expressed its commitment to fully support the government’s “Balik Probinsya, Balik Pag- asa (BP2) program by offering more resettlement areas for returning informal settlers.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the BP2 team had been meeting with Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Dimaporo and several town mayors of the province.

According to Piñol, the province is ready for the roll-out of the pilot BP2 project in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

Kauswagan Mayor Rommel Arnado had earlier offered to host the BP2 program resettlement area for 200 families to be involved in organic broiler chicken and vegetable production.

Piñol said the succeeding sites in the province should explore other models in the livelihood and economic activities.

He said even the mayor of Kapatagan town in the province Barry Baguio also vowed to host a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) facility which could employ returning residents.

Piñol said other mayors of the province are also willing to host BP2 resettlements in different setups.

He said the MinDA team will hold another round of consultations with the local government units (LGUs) in Tubod town in Lanao del Sur then proceed to Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte for a site validation and meeting for the implementation of the BP2 program.

The BP2 Program was initiated by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go to balance urban and rural development by refocusing government resources on the countryside.

Decongesting urban centers, especially Metro Manila of informal settlers and relocating them in the rural areas with support from the different government agencies is the first step in the program.

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an Executive Order implementing the BP2 program through a Council initially composed of 22 government agencies.