PARACELIS, Mountain Province - A P62 million worth of Paracelis corn feed mill is now being constructed in a sprawling 3.3 hectares of land which will house the corn dryer, warehouse for machine and storage, and open shade storage located in Barangay Butigue.
The project is in support to the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) program as intervention in conflict- vulnerable areas with total cost of P62,025,000 funded by different line agencies and the province.
Recently, Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. conducted an ocular inspection to monitor the progress of the construction of the corn feed mill facility in sitio.
The governor expressed his gratitude to Pamana through the Department of Agriculture for granting the request of the province, and especially to the barangay officials of Paracelis for supporting the projects.
While the corn feed facilities is owned and will be managed by the provincial government, Lacwasan is optimistic the project will soon help boost the economic enterprise of the eastern municipalities especially Paracelis, provide job opportunities to the locals, and minimized or eventually eliminate the entry of unscrupulous traders and middlemen that take advantage on the farmers.
Lacwasan solicited the support of all stakeholders for the realization of the project and pleaded the responsibilities the late governor left to him should be the concern of everybody.
“Ti nangipabaklayan ni apo late Governor Mayaen nga responsibilidad ket haan lang nga kanyak no di ket kadatayo amin,” he said.
Provincial administrator Johnny Lausan and DA-Pamana focal person Asuncion Mendoza, said the Paracelis Corn Feed Mill is the pet project of the late Governor Leonard Mayaen, who died due to cardiac arrest on March 31, 2016 on the eve of Lang-ay Festival celebration in Mountain Province.
It was conceptualized during one of the former governor’s visits some four years ago where he learned the corn farmers’ livelihood was very vulnerable to season, capitalists manipulations and distance to the nearest corn feed mill.
Corn production in Paracelis have been controlled by capitalists who shoulder the financial aspect of the work from the planting season to the time when the corn produce are brought to the mills in Santiago City, Isabela. (Alfred Macalling)