By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.
Over a hundred entrepreneurs have been served by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its “GoNegosyo” training after completing a 12-week intensive agri-enterprise development training under the auspices of the British Embassy.
The 194 ntrepreneurs even received certificates from the GoNegosyo, a non-government organization founded by Joey Concepcion, presidential adviser for entrepreneurship during the Munai Model Farm Harvest Festival held at Barangay Pangao in Munai, Lanao del Norte last weekend.
GoNegosyo entrepreneurship adviser and Mindanao agri-Enterprise Development mentor Anna Margarita Hontiveros-Malvar, said the program is one of the services extended by their organization to depressed areas in the country like Munai, the previous conflict affected areas in Mindanao.
She said that the participants of the training came from the barangays Pangao, Tamparan, Pantaon and Kurakura all of Munai, Lanao del Norte.
During the festival the farmers displayed their harvested melons and vegetables like string beans, kangkong and others as it was learned that they were also trained in market-directed fruit and vegetable production.
The program was attended by officials of the GoNegosyo, local government officials and military partners in the endeavor, it was observed.
Among those present were Mayor Racma Andamama, her Vice Mayor and some Councilors, Lt Col. Bernardo A. Taqueban, Commanding Officer of the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion and other officers and members of his command.
Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Transition Authority Abdullah Macapaar known as Kumandar Bravo of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was among the honored guests.
He said that he was assured by Secretary Galvez and President Rodrigo Duterte that municipalities outside of the BARMM that are predominantly inhabited by Muslims such as Munai and the other municipalities of Lanao del Norte shall be given priority in the development.
He also mentioned that they MILF, noting uniformed and armed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIAF) who were present, were ready for the decommissioning under the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
He added, however, that the loose firearms in the hands of civilians and some politicians must be collected first, so that these cannot be used against the disarmed members of the MILF and the civilians in the rural areas.