DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug 12 (PIA)–The Municipality of Zamboanguita and Federation of Daruhan sa Matag Mag-uuma Program got the P200,000 worth of project as first prize winner of the Timbayayong Award for Outstanding Local Government Unit & Non-Government Organization/People’s Organization (LGU-NGO/PO) Partnership.

More than 1,000 member-farmers of the famer federation program owned farming carabao each from its carabao dispersal project for five years now.  Zamboanguita LGU has been recognized with the most number of carabaos in Central Visayas.

The second placer went to City of Bayawan and Bayawan Dairy Farmers Cooperative (BADAFCO) which received the P150,000 worth of project also from the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental and NEGORNET (Negros Oriental Network of NGOs Inc.).

BADAFCO is engaged in milk production for more than three years now which supplies the nutrition program and other schools of Bayawan City.

While the town of Bindoy and Kapunongan sa mga Mag-uuma sa Barangay Danao (KAMADA), placed third winner receiving P100,000.

Bindoy government provided relocation site to family-victims of the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in a hinterland barangay Danao and provided livelihood for food production that include vegetables and rice.

For the city of Tanjay & Lemon-Azagra-Tugas Famers Irrigators Association (LATFIA) received a consolation prize of P50,000.

The local government provided agricultural assistance to LATFIA for its irrigation systems to produce high value rice and vegetables.

NEGORNET’s  or Negros Oriental Network of NGOs and PO’s (non-government organizations and people’s organizations) Timbayayong Awards creates a landmark achievement established 12 years ago, cited Negornet President Msgr. Merlin Logronio

The annual awards have built strong partnership between NGO/PO and the local government unit working together for local development projects, Msgr. Logronio said.

For his part, Executive Director Greg Fernandez, Jr. of YMCA said the passage of a provincial ordinance declaring first week of August of every year as NGO/PO Week is part of the network’s accomplishments.

This is to recognize the importance of private sector or civil society working together for effective local governance, Fernandez said.

With more than 30-member NGOs and POs, NEGORNET involved in various collaborations with the provincial government in promoting good and effective governance and development, said Fernandez. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)