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Lanao Norte offers more resettlement areas for returning urban settlers via ‘Balik Probinsya’

DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said on Thursday that Lanao del Norte has offered more resettlement areas for returning informal urban settlers of the "Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa Program" Program (BPBPP).

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Zamboanga del Norte town welcomes 200 ‘Balik Probinsya’ families

DAVAO CITY – The municipal government of Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte is now awaiting the arrival of the first 200 families who will resettle in the town for the "Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program," (BPBPP).

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4 Mindanao areas OK ‘Balik’ inclusion

MARAWI CITY: Four of six localities that agreed to accept disadvantaged local migrants in big cities in the Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program are in Mindanao, according to a top Mindanao official. Emmanuel Piñol, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairman, identified the four localities as Zamboanga del Norte, Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte, Malaybalay in Bukidnon and […]

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'Balik Probinsya' pushes rural dev't

Manila, May 16 -- Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said Saturday the "Balik Probinsya " program is a proof that previous government planners and economic managers were wrong in concentrating development in urban centers while neglecting the needs of the poor in the countryside.

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MinDA proposes Kibbutz-like communities for ‘Balik Probinsya’ settlers

DAVAO CITY - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has proposed the establishment of an Israeli Kibbutz-type Rural Resettlement Community for the returning urban informal settlers under the "Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program" (BPBPP) of the Duterte Administration.

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MinDA proposes kibbutz-type resettlement for 'Balik Probinsya'

Manila, May 12 -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has proposed the establishment of an Israeli kibbutz-type rural resettlement community for the returning urban informal settlers under the "Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program" (BP2) of the Duterte administration.

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3 Mindanao towns adopt 'Balik Probinsya' program

Manila, May 8 -- Three Mindanao towns have already committed to join in the "Balik Probinsya, Balik Pag-asa" Program (BPBPP), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said Friday.

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Zambo Norte to establish 1st rural resettlement area

Manila, May 6 -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said the province of Zamboanga del Norte has agreed to establish the first Rural Resettlement Model for informal urban dwellers who want to participate in the "Balik Probinsya, Balik Pag-asa" Program (BPBPP). In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said Governor Roberto Uy "eagerly" volunteered his province to host the model BPBPP Rural Resettlement Community after MinDA presented the concept during a meeting at the Provincial Capitol in Dipolog City on Tuesday. BPBPP is being pushed by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go and backed by President Rodrigo Duterte. "During the meeting, Governor Uy said the program could support his vision to lift the province from the ignominious club of the poorest provinces in the country. He will also provide an area at least 50 hectares for the BPBPP Rural Resettlement Model good for 200 returning Zambo Norte families who are now among the informal urban dwellers in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu," Pinol said. Pinol said that Uy also agreed that the first BPBPP Rural Resettlement Model would focus on one common activity, preferably agriculture or fisheries-based. For Uy, a sustainable economic model is important to make urban migrants stay. "We will follow the recommendation of the MinDA that the community should be involved in a common activity with a complete value chain to ensure that the Balik Probinsya families will earn and stay home for good and contribute to our province's goal of reducing poverty," Uy was quoted by Pinol as saying. Uy said the province's counterpart could be the relocation site and funding support for livelihood projects. He said that once the first BPBPP model is established, the provincial government would allocate over 700,000 hectares to replicate the initiative in other areas of the province. Pinol said that after Zamboanga del Norte, he will proceed to Lanao del Norte to present the program to Governor Imelda Dimaporo and Kauswagan town Mayor Rommel Arnado. "On Thursday (May 7), I will meet with Bukidnon Governor Jose Zubiri to propose the establishment of a vegetable and strawberry production-based Balik Probinsya Rural Resettlement Community in his province," he said. Pinol said the Zamboanga del Norte Balik Probinsya, Balik Pag-asa Model Rural Resettlement Community concept will be presented during the next online conference of the BPBPP Inter-Agency Task Force presided by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

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