By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
ILIGAN CITY, May 26–The municipality of Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte has seen a significant reduction in its poverty incidence rate since the municipal government started focusing on agricultural activity, particularly organic farming.
“In 2010, our poverty incidence was almost 80% because the municipality was war-torn…..; in November 2019 our poverty incidence was significantly lower at 9.1%; so napakalaki ng baba namin within the period of about 10 years primarily because of farming and continuous capacitation of our constituents,” said Kauswagan Mayor Rommel Arnado during the Network Briefing News with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar onTuesday.
Arnado said Kauswagan started adopting organic farming when it declared the entire municipality as an ‘organic culture activity’ in line with Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.
“Backbone ng aming pamamahala dito ang organic agriculture dahil nakita ko na through agriculture maa-address ko halos lahat ng pangangailangan ng isang community,” he further said.
[The backbone of our management here is organic agriculture because I saw that through agriculture I can address almost all the needs of a community.]
Arnado emphasized that the municipal government has been very strict in implementing organic farming.
“Maipagyayabang namin na kami yung isang community na pinapakulong namin dito kung nag-i-inorganic ka, gumagamit ka ng mga synthetic fertilizers. Pag malaman natin yun, you will be sued dahil naging batas na natin yan,” he added.
[We can be proud that we are a community that will imprison those who are not using organic, those using synthetic fertilizers. When we find out, you will be sued because it has become our law.]
The mayor also shared that the municipal government actively promotes farming and encourages all its residents to venture into family farming wherein the entire clan will develop and till their own lands, communal farming for barangay officials, communal gardens for farmer groups, and backyard gardening for households.
Further, the municipal government also implements the ‘From Arms to Farms’ program that helps former combatants reintegrate into society while at the same time addressing the food security problem in the municipality. Philippine Information Agency