CAGAYAN DE ORO –This was the statement of Lanao del Norte Gov. Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo who was the guest speaker at the opening ceremonies of the photo exhibit and product showcase of DAR-Region 10 during the celebration of the 27th CARP Anniversary.
Dimaporo, who is also the Chairman of the Regional Development Council said, “[the] DAR is one of the frontline agencies that is working in the forgotten areas of our country. Your ARCs (agrarian reform communities) in Lanao del Norte are located in the most remote and impoverished areas.”
“In these far-flung communities, other agencies have backed out. But DAR is still present in these areas,” said Dimaporo.
The acknowledgment boosted the morale of the DAR personnel who were part of the audience. He further told them, “The work of the DAR in Lanao del Norte is unforgettable. We cannot forget STARCM and ARISP which resulted in the concreting of some of the farm-to-market roads in the province.”
STARCM and ARISP were foreign-funded projects implemented in rural communities of Lanao del Norte during the early part of the CARP implementation.
Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay thanked Dimaporo for sharing his time and welcomed the guests who included the heads and representatives of government agencies such as DA, DENR, LBP, DTI, DPWH, CDA, PCIC and PIA.
The photo exhibit opened at the Foyer of Centrio Mall on June 25 and ran until June 28 where a gallery of pictures showed CARP projects, activities and events that made an impact on the lives of the CARP beneficiaries.
Products of the ARC cooperatives were on display and were sold to the public on June 29, Monday during the ARC Cooperative Summit at the Atrium, Lim Ket Kai Center. (Editha R. Salvador)
Cutting the ribbon during the opening of the photo exhibit and product exhibit are (from left) Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay, DENR-10 Regional Exec. Director Ruth M. Tawantawan and Gov. Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte. Partly hidden are the DAR-10 officials witnessing the event ARD Teresita Depenoso, PARPOs Norberto Paquingan of Bukidnon, Zoraida Macadindang of Misamis Oriental, Alibasa Andig of Misamis Occidental and Jamil Amatonding of Lanao del Norte.