Barangay Biangan in Makilala, North Cotabato is one of the poorest communities in the Philippines where more than 60% of its population is reported to be below poverty line by the Community Base Monitoring Survey in 2017. They have encountered a series of manmade and natural calamities in the past 2-3 years including wars, landslides, and earthquakes.
In 2020, the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic did not make it easier for the 300 families located here to recover from the destruction these have brought to their homes and properties.
Barangay Biangan holds a lot of potential for agriculture, as they currently are able to plant flowers, some vegetables, fruits, and cacao. They are also able to do rubber farming. The Biangan Coop of farmers, together with their local leaders, aim to help the community recover by building a livelihood program within the barangay, focused on developing their existing skills and resources for farming and agriculture. However, they lack the capital in order to scale, and need help in raising funds in order to purchase the following materials:
1. Fertilizer & chemicals
2. Animal Feeds for Hogs and Chicken
These will be very helpful for not only the residents of Barangay Biangan. The coop sees this as an opportunity to also be able to help their neighboring barangays once they have established their livelihood program.
In this part of the country, resilicency and solidarity is indeed very much alive.