Sarangani PLGU to provide goat-raising project for Madrasah facilitators

In line with its poverty reduction initiatives, the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Sarangani considers providing the Madrasah (Islamic school) facilitators with goat-raising project next year.

For more than a decade already, the provincial government has been supporting the operation of weekend Madaris (plural for Madrasah) classes, providing teaching materials and honoraria as well as teaching enhancement training for 149 Madrasah facilitators.

The assistance to Madaris education has been coursed through the Madaris for Peace (M4P) Project under its flagship program “Sulong (Move Forward) Sarangani” of the Office of the Provincial Governor.

Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, now in its second term of office, cited the importance of engaging the Madaris facilitators with livelihood initiative to help curb poverty.

Ustadz Abdulbayan Laguialam, M4P Project Manager, disclosed that they will also intensify the implementation of establishing communal vegetable gardens in Madrasah centers that will promote nutrition and sustainable food supply among the Madrasah learners as well as the community members.

He added that they will also teach Madaris pupils in producing fruit-tree bearing seedlings in support to the greening program of the national government.

“We will try to pilot putting up nurseries in the premises of our Madrasah centers,” Laguialam said.

He said the Madrasah learners will soon have hands on learning in growing fruits and vegetables.

The M4P Project Management eyes regular supply of Halal goat meat in locality once the proposed goat-raising will flourish.

There are 45 Madrasah centers and more than one hundred mosques in the seven municipalities of Sarangani.

Among the Moro tribes living in Sarangani are the Maguindanaon, Sangir, Iranun, Tausog, Samal, Badjao, Maranao, and few Yakan and Ka’agan.