Duterte Delivers: City of Kuratong Baleleng gang receives P129 M projects, P100 M loan funds

Photo from DA Sec. Manny Pinol's FB Page (ctto)

In so many years, the city of Oroquieta in Misamis Occidental has been tagged as the heartland of the notorious criminal back in the days – the Kuratong Baleleng.

Just yesterday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol said that the Farmers and fishermen of Oroquieta City received P120-million worth of agriculture and fisheries projects as well as machineries from the government.

The said projects and machineries include 152 fiberglass fishing boats under, also P100 Million in loan funds were made available by 2018.

Check out his full FB Page post below;


Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental - Farmers and fisher folks of this province, which for so long carried the stigma of being labeled as the heartland of the notorious criminal gang Kuratong Baleleng, yesterday received some P120-Million worth of agriculture and fisheries projects and machineries from government.

The delivery of the projects and machineries, including 152 fiberglass fishing boats under the FB Pagbabago program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) came five months after I visited Tangub City in June for the first Biyaheng Bukid sortie.

Misamis Occidental Governor Hermie Ramiro and Vice Governor Gigi Almonte led local officials, farmers and fisher folks in the brief turn-over ceremonies held at the provincial capitol compound in Oroquieta City.

During yesterday’s activity, I also made the commitment of making available in 2018 P100-M in loan funds under the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) program of the Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) of the Department of Agriculture.

The PLEA program, which is being implemented nationwide now, is aimed at providing easy access financing to farmers and fisher folks ranging from P5,000 to P50,000 without collaterals and only 6% interest per annum which goes to the conduit bank or cooperative handling the loaning program.

Each loaning package is supervised by a Project Management Officer (PMO) assigned by the Department of Agriculture to validate the viability of the projects proposed by the loan applicants and to supervise the utilization of the money.

The second Biyaheng Bukid sortie in Misamis Occidental yesterday coincided with the culmination of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month celebration of the province.

It was also the fulfillment of the commitments I made when I first visited the province in June when agriculture and fisheries stakeholders shared their problems and needs for intervention from government.

In response to the apparent “shock and awe” displayed by the local officials, farmers and fishermen because of the speed in the delivery of the commitments, I explained that President Rody Duterte instructed all government departments to ensure fast delivery of services and to make sure that money allocated to each department is spent effectively and efficiently.

In the short message which I delivered during the turn-over, I apologized for the neglect by government for the people of Misamis Occidental in the past and promised that under the Duterte Administration things will be different.

“Today, Nov. 27, marks the dawning of a new day in your lives. Things will change from hereon because this is the commitment of the President,” I said in ending my message.

Source: Manny PiƱol FB Page

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  1. the city will start a new life, new job and positive outcome for the future. Drug trade will be just a thing of the past. This is a hige change for the people at sa mismong lugar nila, kahit taga Mountain Province ako, ang saya ko dito sa project ng pangulo. Kabayan ka ng Dios tatay namin. Maiiyak ka sa tuwa at emotion sa pangulo dahil nakikita nya ang problema ng mga tao at sabay alalay sya kaagad. Mga priority na problema ang focus nya...na hindi nakikita ng nakaraang governace natin.