Boac’s banana production and swine dispersal programs

Boac is the prime economic, cultural, intellectual and government center of the province of Marinduque being the center of trade and industry where financial and educational institutions are located. With the existence of Cawit port and Gasan airport, Boac is capable of playing an active role on the regional development effort. Thus, there is a broadly shared view that Boac must position itself robustly in the changing economic world order. Maintaining the welfare, peace and security of Boac residents is paramount. The starting points for Boac are favorable. With the latest ratings of the National Competitive Council, Boac ranks second in the MIMAROPA region in terms of economic dynamism and government efficiency, and ranks 84 nationwide, a huge improvement from its rank 250.

In the presence of Boac’s economic dynamism and government efficiency under the exceptional leadership of Mayor Roberto M. Madla, there are livelihood programs implemented within the municipality bearing the goal of eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

One of the laudable responses is the banana production which started in August 2014. It aims to increase the municipality’s land area devoted to intercrop production particularly banana and substantially to contribute in attaining sustainability of food supply, enhance greater income and promote better health. It also works to create additional job and income opportunities for local farm laborers, agricultural traders and food processors which could reduce the unemployment rate in the municipality. The program has a fund amounting to P2,352,941.18 from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and LGU counterpart. Also, it is funded under the bottom up budgeting (BuB) program and has a number of 1008 beneficiaries from the different barangays of Boac.

For the year 2014 and 2015, a total of 85 per cent of the 51,993 plants have yielded a production amounting to P9,943,661.25 in the year 2016. Since there are still remaining fund, the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) was able to distribute an additional 97,992 plants benefitting another 504 farming households. It is projected that the plants planted on this year will reap a triple production amounting to P28,684,545 next year, 2017. In terms of export, the banana production from Barangay Duyay and Tugos alone can export three (3) jeepney load monthly to Manila carrying 1,500 kilograms per jeepney. This amounts to P4,223,250. This is an indication that every month, exports from banana production contribute an amount of P4,223,250 to the municipality’s income. Considering the P779,895 cost for distribution of plants to the beneficiaries, the return of investment to the constituents of Boac is 1,174 per cent.

As equally significant program of the municipality is the swine dispersal implemented in December 2011. It has an initial of 80 swine heads dispersed from the year 2011-2013 while for 2012-2016, there was a redispersal of 460 swine heads with a total of 540 heads distributed to the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries were selected through barangay coordination  and further assessment of MAO. Further, with the municipality’s initial capital of P78,684 and earning P524,611, the return of investment is 150 per cent. Aside from this, the municipality through MAO has been monitoring swine exports from the local farmers, shipping out a total number of 1,000 heads every week for first class hotels and restaurants.

By: PPDO Marinduque