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Licuan-Baay is generally a mountainous town rich in gold and copper deposits with many of its residents engaged in bamboo byproducts, small-scale mining, agriculture, and fresh water fisheries.

From Abra’s provincial capital, Bangued, it takes around two to three hours drive to reach the town hall in Baquero, a sitio of Barangay Nalbuan.

DAVAO CITY – A total of two hundred ninety-one (291) MNLF cooperatives registered in PAMANA ARMM Program successfully completed a 3-day Educational Field Exposure cum Stakeholders Forum held in Davao City, Philippines.

Mabuhay DAR – ZDS PAMANA - “Before, we spent much for fetching water manually or by horse. We incurred P7 pesos per container, consuming a minimum of 4 containers for domestic needs alone for an average family size. This excludes for bathing and laundry. This occurred since our old tap-stands were no longer serviceable.

“Ubay ubay sad gyud ang mga encounter sa NPA ug army dinhi duol sa amo sa-una (There have been quite a number of encounters between the New People’s Army and the army here near us in the past),” said Flora Troza, a resident of Brgy. Nagbinlod in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.

As the sun starts to set, the farmers of Brgy. Cawayanin Ibaba in Catanauan, Quezon take off their hats, gather their tools, and hastily march towards home.

From above, the MiMaRoPa region is a picturesque canvass riddled with islands – a culture-soaked beauty where islands are scattered in random perfection forming a panoramic view of landmasses atop the blue ocean. The region is undoubtedly blessed with magnificence but is also punctured with poor communities distributed across its islands.

If there is one person who wants a peaceful community for children, it would be a mother.

In Villa Verde, a small barangay in the municipality of Tagbina in Surigao del Sur which can be reached through an hour of habal-habal ride from the national highway, some mothers primed the peace and development initiatives for their community, and for their children.

PIKIT, North Cotabato---As Saida Salaban, 45, hurried off to their farm, the sun’s powerful rays flooded over the landscape, reluctantly making way for a new day in the beautiful village of Sitio Kadingilan, Barangay Lagunde, some 10 kilometers away from town proper of Pikit, North Cotabato.

KORONADAL CITY (PNA) -- Roads that seldom or less traveled in Sultan Kudarat province is now busy with farmer-related activities.

Thanks to a farm-to-market-road built for rice and corn farmers through the Department of Agriculture and Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).

A hanging bridge now serves as a monument of progress, unity and collective participation of the community and the government in a town constantly threatened by the activities of the rebel group New People’s Army (NPA).

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