On November 10, 2020, the DSWD-SLP formally handed over the solar drying pavement project to the Barangay Imelda PAMANA Association in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.

BUNAWAN, AGUSAN DEL SUR – Farmer-members of the Barangay Imelda PAMANA Association received a Solar Dryer amounting to PHP 300,000 from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga in Barangay Imelda, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

The said project was funded and implemented under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA), one of the special projects anchored in the livelihood program of the Department.

Through the solar drying pavement project, it will be much easier and more convenient for the farmers of the SLP association to dry their harvests. Aside from the SLPA members, other farmers residing in Barangay Imelda are also given access to use the project.

SLPA PAMANA President Romeo Daniel said that the association is very grateful to the DSWD-SLP for extending support and assistance to the farmers, especially during this time of the pandemic.

Dako kaayo among pasalamat sa DSWD-SLP sa project nga ilang gihatag sa among dapit. Tungod niini, wala na mi maglisod og pangita og lugar kung asa makabulad sa among humay. Gani, maskin wala pa na-turnover ang project, nagamit na kini sa katawhan (We would like to express our huge gratitude to the DSWD-SLP for the project they established in our community. Because of this project, we do not have to go through a hard time anymore looking for a place to dry our rice. In fact, even if the project has not been formally handed over to us yet, the community was able to make use of it already),” Daniel shared.

BUSY DAY. A farmer carefully spreads the rice at the newly turned over solar drying pavement for the rice to dry evenly.

Also present during the turnover ceremony were Sangguniang Bayan Member Ruth Amador, Barangay Kagawad Leny Alayon and Romulo Alejo, and the Barangay Imelda PAMANA Association officers and members.

PAMANA is the Philippine government’s program focused on peace and development. It eyes to provide development interventions in poor, marginalized, and conflict-afflicted communities in the country. In DSWD, the Sustainable Livelihood Program is delegated to manage and implement the livelihood component of PAMANA.#

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