On behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environmental Specialist Febelyn Blaze with Villamor Gumanab of ENRO-Abra is on the continuous monitoring of the three highland barangay beneficiaries of the CHARMP2 Scale Up project.

The Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Project (CHARMP2) is a program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) which aims to alleviate the incidence of poverty in the upland areas. In the implementation of CHARMP2 project, the Department of Agriculture will choose three barangays in the province as a recipient.

The People’s Organizations namely: Prutas ti  Kabakiran Association (Nagbuquel-Tuquipa, Luba), Bayabas Hydropower Association (Malibcong), and Nalbuan Farmers Association (Licuan-Baay) received the first tranche on June 22, 2018, at the Capitol Social Hall where a total of P1,627,941 was awarded.

According to Provincial Supervisor Mazshaerra A. Idao of DA-Abra, the People’s Organizations have already planted their seedlings (rambutan for Prutas ti  Kabakiran Association, robusta coffee for Bayabas Hydropower Association, and lanzones for Nalbuan Farmers Association) and accomplished the first batch of maintenance activities.

Idao said the Department partnered with ENRO-Abra, and the respective LGUs will continue to assist and monitor the organizations. She also hopes for each organization to sustain their respective CHARMP2 projects even without the supervision of DA.

“Sapay kuma ta masustain da daytoy agroforestry projects da uray nu malpas ton iti CHARMP2 Scale Up project [I hope that they will be able to sustain their agroforestry projects even if CHARMP2 has already ended],” Idao said.