Philippines: Makilala rubber project shines


The rubber development project in Makilala, North Cotabato, Philippines is starting to shine as it makes its own name in the industry; attracting local government units in Mindanao to visit.



According to the Municipal Mayor of Makilala Rudy Caoagdan, the municipality is open to local government units who wish to see and learn the strategies and technologies applied in the development of the project.



Last Oct. 29, 2012, the municipality welcomed guests from Impasugong, Bukidnon, headed by their own town Mayor, Mario Okinlay.



The rubber development project of Makilala is one of the stimulus of the mayor to stop poverty in the municipality.



The project is also the way of the municipality to help in protecting the environment as the climate change phenomenon becomes a concern to people all over the world.



P25 million was allocated by the local government unit of Makilala to develop the agricultural sector including the rubber plantation.



Under this budget, local rubber farmers are given a free rubber seedlings.



At present, 2,000 hectares of land in the municipality have been cultivated to become a rubber plantation.



Caoagdan is hoping that the 8,000 hectares of the remaining idle land in town will be planted with rubber, the town’s main agricultural production. (RJA)