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LOAMCP Philippines secures financial support from LifeBank for organic agriculture development

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The League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities, Cities, and Provinces of the Philippines (LOAMCP Philippines) has signed a memorandum of agreement with LifeBank Microfinance Foundation, Inc. (LBMFI) securing financial support for its sustainable organic agriculture development program.

LOAMCP Philippines National President, Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte and LifeBank President, Mr. Vicente Perlas, sign the Memorandum Agreement, which provides for capacity building and training support to member LCEs and LGUs.

Based on the signed Agreement, LOAMCP Philippines is expected to achieve the following results: 1) Conduct two batches of training and capacitate at least 20 municipal/city management teams (MCMT) composed of 20 local chief executives (LCEs) and at least 80 municipal agriculturists or municipal organic focal persons and municipal planning development coordinators; 2) Have the MCMTs formulate 100 legally supported Family Investment Master Plans (FIMPs) and 20 Municipal/City Investment Master Plans (MIMPs); 3) Conduct training and practicum modules focusing on the formulation of the FIMPs; 4) Capacitate the municipal teams on the key consideration in leadership governance, practical and science-based sustainable organic agriculture best practices and application in family farms; and 5) Facilitate in the capacitation of the municipal technical teams on the potentials of the Family Farms Investment anchored on the long-term FIMPs, and address the gaps, issues, and concerns by the municipal team in the implementation of the FIMPs.

“We are very grateful for this support coming from LifeBank. We know how committed they are in taking care of the continuity of our strategic planning program and also the enhancement of our workforce in the Secretariat,” said Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, the National President of LOAMCP Philippines.

The program will be implemented by the League for a period of twelve months and the agreement will remain valid until November 2020.

The ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement was done during the 12th General Assembly of the League at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City on December 5 where more than a hundred local chief executives, city/municipal agriculturists, planning officers, and organic agriculture focal points from several local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines gathered for membership into the association of LCEs and for learning new opportunities for organic agriculture promotion and development.

LBMFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization headquartered in Iloilo City dedicated to help end poverty by providing microfinance and social services. The Foundation’s outreach covers Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with the primary purpose of breaking the chains of poverty since 2003. LBMFI was represented in the signing ceremony by its President, Mr. Vicente Perlas.

LOAMCP Philippines is a non-profit, non-government organization composed of local chief executives of municipalities, cities and provinces aiming to promote sustainable organic agriculture development in the country. The League provides a forum for sharing of best practices and new learnings as well as latest trends and important developments and solutions on organic agriculture. To date, the League has 168 members. Supported by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the League continues to invite more LCEs and LGUs. Earlier this year, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año issued a Memorandum Circular (MC 2019-70) directing city and municipal mayors to become a member of the League.

As stated in the DILG Memorandum, “All local chief executives are directed to become members of the LOAMCP. The participation and support of all LGUs to this endeavor are integral in pursuing sustainable organic agriculture in the country.”

(Top photo: A ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between LOAMCP Philippines and LifeBank Foundation was organized on the sidelines of the 12th General Assembly of the League at the Iloilo Grand Hotel in Iloilo City on 5 December 2019. Members of the LOAMCP Executive Board witnessed the ceremonial signing.)

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