From the city proper of Ormoc, Lake Danao is the farthest (approximately 25 kilometers away), while Sto. Nino is just four kilometers away from the city. The barangays can be reached through habal-habal - a single motorcycle that can carry people more than its intended capacity (usually about 3-5). Barangays Bagong, Magaswe, and Hugpa do not have proper road networks that would facilitate the mobility of farm produce, among others. Trails are muddy and can be flooded under strong rains. They can be reached by either habal-habal, hiking, horses, or by carabao-driven carts.
Among the barangays covered by ASDP, Valencia has the largest population of 5,257 individuals, while Barangay Magaswe has the lowest of only 580 individual inhabitants. In summary, ASDP barangays have a total of 19,157 individuals housed in 3,956 households, with females constituting 48 percent (9,238) of the total population.
Most of the barangays lands are intended for agriculture, indicating the main source of livelihood for the locality. Most of the barangays' income comes from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), and less than 10 percent of the earnings come from Real Property and Community Taxes.
The common crops planted in the ASDP barangays include palay (rice), sugarcane, corn, vegetables, abaca, coconut, and root crops. Farmers typically earn at least P30,000 from the produce of his/her 1-hectare farmland. This income is also way below the annual poverty threshold of Ormoc city, which is pegged at P92,000 (NSO 2003). Moreover, most of the farmers who are into rice farming reported that a hectare of land would only yield enough to sustain their household food needs, and a large chunk of their income usually goes to the payment of loans and interests.
Reasons for the low productivity of rice farms emanated from lack of irrigation facilities, absence of capital to finance the necessary farm inputs, and lack of technological know-how, among other reasons.
ASDP caters to 13 POs in 10 barangays, two of which are cooperatives and the rest are farmers' organizations. Majority of the members (315 out of total active membership) of these organizations are agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB). There are 103 women beneficiaries of the agrarian reform program of the government.
The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) was formed in the 1970s and is the oldest PO present in the area. Seven POs were organized in the '90s, and five were organized as recently as 2007. Of the 13 POs, seven do not have regular incomes of any source, while only one organization has a cash-on-hand of at least P10,000.
To date, the POs have begun implementing their Organizational Development Plans which they formulated in 2007.
Ormoc City is a port city and is the largest city in terms of land area in Leyte and is also the second-largest in Eastern Visayas after Calbayog City in Samar. It has 110 barangays and a total population of 154,297 (Census 2000), and a population density of 315 individuals per square kilometer. Ormocanons are predominantly Cebuano-speaking.
Ormoc, being the largest city by land area is a 1st class city earning at least P300 Million annually. Although classified as a first-class city, urban downtown Ormoc (the city proper) is only composed of about 10 barangays. The other barangays are agricultural and rural in nature.
In 2004, KAISAHAN entered into a partnership with Benepisyaryo sa Repormang Agraryo ng mga Mag-uuma sa Ormoc (BRAMO) and Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uumang Ormocanon (KAMAO), both federation of Peoples' Organizations, and a support institution, RDI-Leyte, in implementing the ASDP. The partnership focused its ASDP implementation in barangays San Antonio, Guintiguian, Labrador, Donghol, Mahayag, Sabang-bao and Summangga in 2004.
From 2004 to 2006, the program assisted the POs to regularize their meetings, formulate their Organizational Development Plans (ODPs), undergo PO capacity-building seminars, increase their CBUs, BRAMO was able to set up a communal farm, and conduct FB installations. The PLs underwent capacity-building seminars, engaged in dialogues with DAR officials, while their cases were handled by our legal retainer and legal staff of KAISAHAN. The BDCs were formed and networking activities were done by the POs and PLs.
In 2007, KAISAHAN renewed its partnership with BRAMO and KAMAO for implementing the ASDP in 10 new barangays in Ormoc City. The table below shows the barangays covered by the ASDP and the respective partner Peoples' Organizations for the 2007 to 2009 project cycle.
|Name of Partner Peoples' Organization
|Bagong Small Farmers Association
|Curva Small Farmers Association
|United Independent Farmers Association
|Sitio Cambantug United Farmers Association
|Federation of Free Farmers
|Magaswe Small Farmers Association
|Domonar Farmer Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative
|Hugpa Multi-Purpose Cooperative
|Sto. Rosario Small Farmers Association
|Agrarian Small Farmers Association
|Valencia Agrarian Small Farmers Association
|Juaton Small Farmers Association
|Margen Small Farmers Association
Timeline Of Area-Specific Development Program (ASDP) Implementation If Ormoc City, Leyte
July 24, 2007
September 13, 2004
June 15, 2005
Year 2008 (as of May 2008)
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