JARO, Leyte-An upland barangay situated about seven kilometers away from the poblacion of this town, Barangay Villa Conzoilo prides itself as one of the beneficiaries of the MIC (More Income in the Countryside) program under the administration of Governor Leopoldo Dominico “Mic” Petilla.

The barangay, which has a population of 330 and seven kilometers from the national highway, mainly relies on farming as its main source of income. Its major crops include coconut, root crops, corn and vegetables. With the introduction of the provincial agriculturist’s new package of farming technology on high value vegetables and root crops under the MIC program, farming in Brgy. Villa Conzoilo has flourished.

They are now a major source of these vegetables being purchased by restaurant owners in Tacloban City, 47 kilometers away from Jaro. Under the leadership of barangay chairman Alex Aborita, Brgy. Villa Conzoilo has a long way to go. It has to implement proper waste management in order to preserve the cleanliness and rustic beauty of the countryside.

Proper maintenance of its farm to market road has to be sustained and its transportation facilities have to be increased. The barangay has also to acquire some post-harvest equipment to enhance its vegetable production and storage. But with the assistance from provincial government, it is believed that Villa Conzoilo will showcase the results of the MIC program.