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Utilizing the PANGO SYSTEM in implementing CHARM2 Project

in Baoyan, Boliney, ABRA



he Pango or Pinango System is still practiced in Barangay Baoyan in Boliney, Abra, especially during development-related activities like construction of a new house where the owner lacked funds to pay laborers.



Under the system, the owner may request the community to construct his house without payment. The community will then provide free labor. As a small counterpart, the owner will serve lunch to the laborers. That is why when it comes to nursery establishment for the CHARM2 Project, representatives from every household contribute to the labor.


With the CHARM2 Project requiring communities to provide labor counterpart, the Barangay Baoyan community easily adopts to the policy. Pango system is a local term referring to exchange of free labor from members of the community to perform a certain activity.


During the formulation of PPIP last November 2010, the reforestation project was identified and it was prioritized by the community to support and protect the watershed areas, and to support also the needs of the community for the potable water and to irrigate the rice land of the barangay.


This practice was developed by the lallakay or elders and women since the practice was noted to be very inspiring and helpful to the community. Fortunately, the present generation has preserved this practice, and up to now the leaders & elders continued their effort to preserve and pass it to the youth.


There are so many household benefited of this Pango system especially for those who cannot afford to pay for daily wages. Even the the rich residents are required to join the activity and enjoy the benefits.


The reforestation project ,which is implemented by Bao-yan Farmers Association (BFA), also benefited from the practice. During the phase 1 plantation establishment, plantation activities have almost consumed the budget since the nursery site was too far from the plantation site. Hauling activities were additional expenses. This caused the POs to worry for the payment of labor of the plantation of the remaining seedlings.


During the regular meeting of the POs, the problem that budget was not enough to pay the labor of 25,000 seedlings for plantation was introduced to the community and Barangay Development Council. The plantation of the remaining seedlings is not a big problem according to the BDC chair. “What is the use of Pango System,” he added. Since the project is for the whole community, the BDC said that the plantation can be conducted with free labor through the Pango system for seedlings that lack budget. The villagers automatically seconded the motion of the BDC chair. The POs rejoiced in relief as their problem was finally resolved.


Last July 2013, the remaining 25,000 assorted seedlings were planted through the Pango System.//Ferdinand Solomon, CMO

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