Dumanjug, Cebu, Philippines—Two years after it was organized by the Santo Niño Augustinian Social Development Foundation, Inc. (SNAF), the Kahugpungan sa Mamumuong Mag-uuma sa Monte Maravilla (KAMAU-MO) formally held its First General Assembly at the Multi-Purpose Gym of Barangay Kang-actol, Dumanjug, Cebu on December 18, 2020.
In spite of incessant rains, gusty winds, and muddy trails, overwhelming majority of its household-members attended the Assembly, which bannered the theme: “PALIG-ONON ANG PANAGHIUSA ALANG SA DUGANG KALAMBUAN” (Strengthen the Unity Towards Further Development). Weighing in their support for the Asssembly were Augustinian friars Sesinio Sin, OSA; Elizer Pelingo, OSA; and Jose Rene Delariarte, OSA. Also present were Municipal Agriculture Officer Alicia Momolang who, along with her staff, facilitated later in the program the registration of KAMAU-MO members with the local agriculture office.
Demonstrating the breadth of progress the peasant organization has achieved since inception, the Assembly was managed wholly by its members and officers. Its program was moderated, and logistical needs addressed by the organization.
The program featured the President’s Report, the Treasurer’s Report, Review of its Constitution and By-Laws and special discussion on the organization’s recently-approved project with the Department of Labor and Employment-7. (see Project Turn-Over)
The Assembly approved a resolution that reaffirmed the composition of its organizing committee to be serve as its executive officers. These are Gina Palmares, as President; Jelly-Ar Denilla, Vice-President; Jo-Ann Denilla, Treasurer; and Adele Boquecosa, Auditor. It also resolved to increase the monthly membership fee to P5.00 beginning 2021.
KAMAU-MO is a self-help organization of tenant-farmers in the Augustinian property of Monte Maravilla in Brgy. Kang-actol, Dumanjug, Cebu. In organizing themselves, it strives to establish a progressive community committed to becoming an active partner in governance for the betterment of all farmers and other marginalized sectors in the locality.