For Immediate Release
KING MOHAMMAD MAMAY HASAN ABDURAJAK & QUEEN HELEN ABDURAJAK OF ROYAL LUPAH SUG INITIATES POVERTY ALLEVIATION, FOOD SECURITY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT BY CENTRALIZING AGRICULTURE COOPERATIVES UNDER THE LARGEST AGRI-AQUACULTURE FEDERATION IN THE PHILIPPINES
Mindanao, 13 June 2016 — The Imperial Federation of Farmers and Fishermen of Mindanao and Palawan Inc. (IFFFMPI), an Agriculture and Aquaculture Food Security initiative for the territories of Mindanao and Palawan, has been incorporated by His Royal Highness King Mamay and Her Highness Queen Helen Abdurajak of the Royal Imperial Lupah Sūg Islamic United Kingdom of Sulu and North Borneo.
The IFFFMPI aims to centralize Farmers and Fishermen and the numerous agri-aquaculture oriented cooperatives across the whole of Mindanao and Palawan. The vision of King Mamay and Queen Helen is to ensure that all farmers and fishermen are represented either through existing cooperatives or directly under the IFFFMPI auspices.
Food Security and Poverty Alleviation is the primary objective of their Highnesses and the existing projects will cover Natural and Organic Farming, Livelihood Programs, Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Lifelong Education, and the establishment of the Royal Palace and Cultural Heritage Museum.
“We need to create a positive awareness of the plight of our people especially our farmers and fishermen,” explains Queen Helen, “Mindanao has always been viewed as a dangerous region of the Philippines, and that perception makes it difficult to reach the farmers and fishermen with much needed support. Our aim is to organize and centralize everyone so we can identify the problems and solve them properly as soon as possible and in the right way so our farmers and fishermen can fulfill our concern for Food Security. We are also studying Risk Management concerns for international visitors so we can ensure the safety of visitors and supporters to our region as we aim to capitalize on the Agriculture Tourism now trending.”
“As our primary area of responsibility is massive, we need to be able to first unite our people and guide them. They are in much need of guidance and genuine assistance, and, as they have seen and are witness to our continuous and tireless labour for the past six years, we have their strong support and trust. They are all enthusiastic and motivated to make a change. We aim to prove through our actions the sincerity and concern we have for our people, that is why we have taken the leap forward and the initiative to incorporate what will be known across the whole of the Philippines, as the largest Federation of Farmers and Fishermen.”
Queen Helen also explained the importance of the creation and installation of a Royal Palace and Cultural Heritage Museum: “The Philippines, like Brunei, Malaysia, and Thailand, had an established monarchy in Mindanao, and it is high time, we bring our culture, our tradition and history to global awareness as there are so much richness in our customs. Our dance and national costumes attest to our heritage. It is important we have a beautiful memory institution showcasing our heritage and custom not only in inspiring architecture but with wonderful exhibits as we are part of the Philippines history and have contributed much before the Spanish and American colonization of our country. As you know, we are the only country in ASEAN who retained the longest history with a European colonizer and the USA, yet, we have nothing to show of our past and history. That needs to be rectified and now is the time.”
When asked about assistance to realize all their plans and projects, Queen Helen mentioned that she was able to meet with Vina Karcz-VeronCruz who was introduced to her in the beginning of 2016 and represented the Federation of Coron-Busuanga Palawan Farmers and Fishermen Association Inc., as Special Envoy and International Project Facilitator.
Their synergy and numerous energy-charged meetings covering visionary plans for the IFFFMPI proved productive especially in the areas of Lifelong Learning, Renewable Energy and Cash Crop Farming, and of course, their shared passion for the Palace Museum project.
Vina Karcz as an international business development consultant has over 35 years in international project development in ASEAN+3 and the EU and brings to the projects under IFFFMPI the interest and support of several European and ASEAN affiliates. She has now been appointed by King Mamay and Queen Helen as the IFFFMPI’s Special Envoy and Ambassador for Local and International Project Development and oversees all the projects together with Queen Helen and her officers.
Queen Helen believes that with the incoming President, and as the President elect is strongly familiar with Mindanao, representing the region for the first time in Philippine history, the time for change is positive and her projects with King Mamay will be realized with strong support, planning and mobilization from the people who support her through the IFFFMPI.
The challenges she outlines will always be the selection and installation of effective and efficient project managers and workers, but she has full faith in the will and support of her people and the region she is administering. Already more than 20 existing cooperatives and over 12,000 members have joined her under the IFFFMPI umbrella. The projected number of membership to the IFFFMPI is expected to reach over 1 million members.
The incorporation of the IFFFMPI as a SEC non-stock and non-profit Federation was a first move and now a reality and serves to prove the strong and inspiring determination of King Mamay and Queen Helen in bringing peace, unity and prosperity to the farmers and fishermen of Mindanao and Palawan.
In its first phase, IFFFMPI will be focusing on cultivating and producing the entire value chain of Cacao, Coconut, Bamboo and Halal Livestock, as well as other aqua produce.
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