Zambo Sibugay rolls out BP2 Program

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, Nov. 27 (PIA) - About 105 Sibugaynons and their families have already enrolled in the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program (BP2) as of November 24, 2020, revealed Engr. Romel Duran of the Provincial Local Economic and Investment Promotions Office during the recent inter-agency meeting (2nd Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting) held for the purpose at the SB Session Hall, Provincial Capitol, Ipil, this province.

Duran said, the enrollees are Sibugaynons who are locally stranded individuals and returning OFWs currently living in different areas of the country, who have indicated their desire to come home to Zamboanga Sibugay and avail of the program amidst COVID 19.

According to Duran, the target beneficiaries have two options in availing of the program. First option would be to avail of the housing project including the complete livelihood package, and the second option would be to avail of the livelihood package only.

He said, in order to avail of the BP2 program, concerned individuals need to apply at the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) where they are currently located,  and from there,  they will be guided in the steps and requirements in order to qualify.

Meanwhile, Board Member Jessie Lagas, the chairman for Infrastructure, Land Use, Housing, Rural and Urban Development Committee of Zamboanga Sibugay disclosed that the governemnt through the National Housing Authority (NHA) has set aside a Php60M budget for the  construction of 300 housing units for the  implementation of BP2 in the province. Said housing project will be situated at Culasian Agro-Industrial Part located in the Municipality of Titay.

It can be recalled,  the Culasian Agro-Industrial Park was first known as the Culasian Eco-Tourism Park which has a land area of 409 hectares, part of the timberland of Zamboanga Sibugay, which was placed under the management of the Provincial Government by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between then Gov. George T. Hofer, MD and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). A revision of the MOA is expected in the coming days, after the TWG has decided on the additional details and use of the area, to accommodate the BP2 Program and other programs of the province.

Aside from the housing program for the BP2 beneficiaries, 150 hectares will also be allocated for the agro-economic zone, 120 hectares for the eco-tourism park, 20 hectares for E-Clip beneficiaries, nursery for hybrid crops, livestock area, built-up area for a park, school and church, provincial jail, demo farm and place for other national agencies that are implementing programs in the area.

The Provincial Government of Zamboanga Sibugay is still waiting for additional applicants for the BP2 Program.

Meanwhile, Board Member Bella Chiong Javier wanted to expedite the land development and set a target time frame to finally fully-implement the program. Initially, the TWG is targeting to start accommodating BP2 beneficiaries in the first quarter of 2021.

A site visitation is scheduled on December 8, 2020. (RVC/JPA/DS/PIA9-Zamboanga Sibugay)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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