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66The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), together with the Provincial Government of Laguna, conducted a Multistakeholders’ Orientation in the Laguna Provincial Capitol on April 7 for the project “Scaling Up Initiatives in Mobilizing Migrant Resources towards Agricultural Development.” Representatives from the provincial development councils, migrant-related NGOs and private sectors, locally-based cooperatives for agriculture and economic development, and other local key stakeholders actively participated during the workshop and discussions.
Laguna is one of the sites selected by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for being one of the top remittance sending provinces in the Philippines, which will eventually contribute to the their agricultural and economic development and sustainability. The migration and development project is being implemented together with Atikha, whose PinoyWise initiative on investments, savings, and entrepreneurship was initiated in the province back in 2012. From 2015 onwards, the migration and development projects will be scaled-up with the support of IFAD, to concretely mainstream migration and development in the local development plans of the province.