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77The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), together with its partner Atikha Inc., and the Provincial Government of Surigao Del Sur, conducted a Multistakeholders’ Orientation at the Provincial Governor’s Office of Surigao Del Sur in Tandag City on July 6 for the project “Scaling Up Initiatives in Mobilizing Migrant Resources towards Agricultural Development.” Representatives from the provincial development agencies, national agencies for local development, private sectors, and other local key stakeholders actively participated during the workshop and discussions.
Surigao Del Sur is one of the sites selected by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for its enormous potential for agricultural and economic development and sustainability, through the mobilization of OFW remittances and investments. Atikha initiated its PinoyWise initiative on investments, savings, and entrepreneurship 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.