The Office of Senator Francis Pangilinan has allotted P2 million for the implementation of the Enchanted Farm Project for residents of the Gawad Kalinga Nordson Village in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.
Pangilinan, Senate Chairman on Agriculture and Food, said the amount comes from the Sagip Saka Program of the Priority Development Fund of the national government.
He said the Enchanted Farm project, which is in coordination with the Department of Agriculture, aims to achieve sustainable agriculture and food security by transforming agricultural communities to reach their full potential, improving farmers and fishers quality of life, and in order for rural-based communities to have an added income
GK Provincial coordinator Roberto Magalona said the project will teach GK Village residents to become self-sufficient and not dependent on other people.
During the inauguration of the six new houses at the GK Village of Saint John Institute in Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City Saturday, where he was the guest of honor, Pangilinan said that the GK has gone a long way especially in Negros Occidental.
In Negros Occidental alone, there are about 48 GK communities with approximately 1,200 houses, GK record showed.
AID TO TYPHOON VICTIMS
GK, through its founder Antonio Meloto, is set to build about 5,000 houses in Compostella Valley and in Davao Oriental for those who have been displaced by typhoon Pablo last week, Magalona said.
GK-Negros Occidental also sent financial help to the typhoon victims to help them rebuild not only their homes but also their lives, he said.
Departments of agriculture and Public Works and Highways reported that the super typhoon destroyed nearly P9 billion in crops and infrastructures in Mindanao.*APN