Cagayan de Oro City — A team from U.S Agency for International Development based in Washington D.C headed by Ms. Melissa Kennison and Robert Barton covened with the Oro Chamber & USAID-SURGE Core Team led by Past President Ralph Paguio. The meeting was anchored on the recently approved project of the Oro Chamber Agri Sector, titled as ” Program Support for the Promotion of Inclusive Growth through Inclusive Business”. Oro Chamber through the leadership of Trustee Robert “Bobby” Ansaldo, the project proponent, is spearheading IGPs by extending its generous hand to help poor communities especially in the upland areas of Bukidnon to plant trees such as Coffee, Cacao and Rubber.

The objectives are to provide long term and sustainable income for farmers and at the same time help prevent flooding in the lowlying areas like Cagayan de Oro City. It is really about uplifting income potential among identified communities, agro-forestation and disaster mitigation. USAID representatives lauded the homegrown initiative of the business sector in CDO, for taking extra mile in solving long-drawn-out problem in forest denudation and poverty amongst tribal communities.

It hopes to ensure that farmers who have not been given opportunities to earn directly from their own land can now benefit from it. There were several exchange of ideas shared in the meeting with emphasis on helping CDO become haven for investments to fuel economic growth in the region.

All together, Oro Chamber expressed its sincere thanks to USAID through the Gerry Roxas Foundation for the overwhelming support to the organization particularly the Inclusive Business Project in Agriculture. Image may contain: 6 people, people sitting, table and indoor Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting, table and indoor.





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