Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Dimaporo, who earlier endorsed the town of Kauswagan as among the sites of the first three model resettlements for the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program, is eyeing the establishment of a business process outsourcing (BPO) site in another BP2 area.
In a Facebook post, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that during consultations with several town mayors in Lanao del Norte recently, Dimaporo expressed a desire to host more BP2 resettlement sites within Lanao del Norte.
Piñol said Kapatagan officials, in particular, wanted to establish a BPO outlet that will employ returning Lanao del Norte residents.
“The Kapatagan Balik Probinsya Village will also have a housing project where the returning residents will stay.”
“Just like the Kauswagan model, the Kapatagan Balik Probinsya Village will also have a housing project where the returning residents will stay,” he said.
Piñol added that another town would like to set up a BP2 village where the residents will be involved in tree farming with coffee and cacao as intercrops.
“Governor Dimaporo said that what is important is the constant coordination between the national government agencies and the local government units for the implementation of the program. And she said that they fully support this program initiated by Senator Bong Go and being endorsed by President Duterte,” he said.
Lanao del Norte is expected to roll out the first Balik Probinsya model community in two weeks, as Kauswagan has already prepared the town for the program.