WHERE IS TOGBONGON?

Togbongon is a barangay in Surigao City, in the province of Surigao del Norte. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 2,105. This represented 1.37% of the total population of Surigao City.

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Togbongon is 15 to 19, with 232 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 16 individuals.

Historical population

The population of Togbongon grew from 1,053 in 1990 to 2,105 in 2015, an increase of 1,052 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.64%, or an increase of 172 people, from the previous population of 1,933 in 2010.

CITY OF SURIGAO – WHERE THE PEOPLE BUY AND SELL IN THE MARKET

We visited the market and do our daily buying of food, vegetables and meat…we have to say – is expensive and it is unlikely that the poor can afford on a daily basis. There are very little employment and wages are way to low for a family of two to barely go thru each day…these are some of the reasons where the people are vulnerable to fall into scams and illegal investment…

We at Ibarra decided to play our part to help and assist this people; and here is how you can participate and learn how to be an entrepreneur;

Ibarra Family will allocate 3500 sqm land for a start –  for farmers and individuals to grow their crops; the owner of the land will still be Ibarra – but we will allow 30-40 selected families to plant and grow they crops and 80% of the crop will be theirs and Ibarra will only take 20% of the crop and this 20% will also be distributed back to the people of Togbongon.

TRAINING AND EQUIPPING

AFETR READING THIS ARTICLE – WE WILL DO THE SAME FOR THE PEOPLE OF TOGBONGON – ASKING THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SURIGAO TO TRAIN, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER THE PEOPLE HERE.

DA CARAGA HELPS IP’S THROUGH SCOPSA

Members of the Nagkahiusang Tribung Higaonon sa Lawan-lawan at Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte is now opening its door in learning new farming technology ideal in sloping areas. A tripartite team of DA Caraga through the Regional Corn Program, Provincial Agriculture Office of Agusan del Norte and Municipal Agriculture Office of Las Nieves, conducted a two-day training (May 16-17, 2019) on Sustainable Corn Production in Sloping Areas (SCoPSA) particularly at Sitio New Canaan, Km. 22, Lawan-lawan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte. Bae Victoria Macaundag, chairperson of the Nagkahiusang Tribung Higaonon sa Lawan-lawan said it is high time that they will embrace the new technology promoted by the government. “Before, we are just relying on our own way of farming just to sustain our lives, but nowadays we want to contribute to the development of the country, and it should start in our own family,” she explained in her native tongue. SCoPSA is a farming technology aimed to help farmers in sloping areas to increase farm production at the same time protecting the soil from erosion. “I am happy that DA is now extending help to us through SCoPSA, so we can avail of seed and other inputs from the government,’ Bae Victoria said. Nagkahiusang Tribung Higaonon sa Lawan-lawan with 30 active members is planning to have a two hectares communal demo farm, aside from individual members who will adopt the technology brings to potentially 30 hectares SCoPSA areas at the soonest possible time. Under SCoPSA demo farm, DA Caraga will provide to the project cooperator two bags of corn seeds for every hectare, fertilizer, planting materials of fruit trees, and other crops preferred by the recipient and a technology training.

In the region, DA Caraga had already established five SCoPSA demo farms, particularly at Brgy. Malapong, Buenavista, Cubi-cubi, Nasipit, and Lawan-lawan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte; Cagdianao and Basilisa in Province of Dinagat Islands; and soon in Sitio New Canaan, Las Nieves, and an additional proposed site at La Paz, Agusan del Sur. (Aurelius P. Arais/DA Caraga) – DOA.

FINANCING

We at Ibarra will not charge anything for using the land and facilities. Department of agriculture will give the seeds, and etc including training so that this program will kick-off to help the people to be entrepreneurs.

MAKING INCOME EACH MONTH

FINWAZE will be assigned to train the people – how to be entrepreneur – and the program is as follows

  • Understanding the Role of an entrepreneur
  • Setting up of a DTI company
  • Opening a Bank Account
  • Managing basic accounting
  • Structuring distribution process – before and after harvest
  • Keeping the land fertile and income generating
  • Learning how to invest – what they have earn wisely thru regulated companies like the stock market

Many have told us that is very difficult to change the mentality of these people…but well everyone have to start somewhere; why not start here at Ibarra.

The mission of Ibarra Family is to leave footprint of change to the people of Philippines!! We don’t want to talk much but we want to act by mentoring and guiding these people to be successful…Change is coming and it will be a good one!!!

Article by: Ibarra Farm

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