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ILAGAN CITY, Isabela, June 8 (PIA) - - Officials of Isabela provincial local government unit have affirmed that the Brotherhood (BRO) program here has significant contribution to development and poverty eradication in the province.

During the project monitoring visit of the members of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of the Regional Development Council Region 2, acting governor Karen G. Abuan said the BRO program of the present administration has already served more than 10,000 farmer-families provincewide.

The program, she added has several components which include livelihood assistance to potential and deserving farmer-families, scholarship project for poor but deserving children of farmers and loan opportunities and others.

On his part, provincial agriculturist Danilo Tumamao said that majority of the BRO component is in agriculture considering that majority of its beneficiaries are farmers.

Tumamao mentioned that the provincial government, through Governor Bojie Dy and Vice Governor Tonypet Albano, has established the program as system to reach out poor families to help them uplift their living condition.

He added that the identified beneficiaries were farmers with less than a hectare of farmland and validated by the social welfare officials. These beneficiaries could avail from any of the program components to include loan assistance for farm inputs, livelihood opportunities, animal dispersal, scholarship for their children, crop insurance, palay price support, transportation cost support and others.

Aside from the BRO program, the provincial government also established a health care system for poor families who could not afford to pay monthly premiums from PhilHealth. (OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)