Esperanza, Agusan del Sur -- The Municipality of Esperanza, an active member of LOAMCP Philippines, has ventured into strong alliances with the regional counterparts of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) through its Organic Enterprises Development Center. These partnerships include the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the local government unit, headed by Mayor Leonida Manpatilan, TESDA Agusan del Sur, and the Department of Agriculture Caraga Regional National Organic Agriculture Program-Coordinating Office (RNOAP-CO).
The various TESDA supported agri-related technical skills including organic agriculture skills with individual daily allowance for redirected participating combatants was formally launched on July 19, 2021.
LOAMCP shared an inspirational message to the redirected combatants/farmers referencing Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte's 2010 municipal-wide and participatory experiential-based organic Agriculture development approaches in ending the arm conflicts with the elimination of poverty and hunger to attain peace and development.
A groundbreaking ceremony of the municipality's OEDC followed and witnessed by the TESDA scholars redirected combatants/farmers, various government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
The OEDC is a key program component strategy of the municipality in the implementation of Societal Leadership and Governance in Asset Base Sustainable Organic Agriculture Municipal-wide Investment Master Plan (SLG-ABSOA-MIMP) supported by LOAMCP in partnership with LIFEBANK Foundation Inc.