Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala called on government agencies involved in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP)to complete their remaining projects before the end of the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in 2016.
He said the Department of Agriculture will support initiatives to implement the remaining projects that will be instrumental in achieving the goals of the PDP through the National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD).
“Through NCI-SRD, the DA, together with other national government agencies, was able to hasten economic growth in rural areas, hence contributing to the country’s overall robust economic development, “ Alcala told a NCI-SRD Summit.
“We want to ensure that all complementing programs under the NCI-SRD are put in place before the present administration ends,” he said. “We want to guarantee that the momentum that we have gained on rural development will be sustained post-2016.”
Alcala urged the agencies to promote capacity building at the grassroots to sustain the initial gains of the convergence strategy.
The NCI-SRD is a multi-sectoral and integrated planning approach by DA, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for more efficient use of resources.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recently been included in the NCI-SRD to strengthen partnerships with local governments as implementers of development interventions in the countryside.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM) was tasked with the coordination and monitoring of NCI-SRD.
Along with DAR, DENR, DILG, and OPAFSAM, DA spearheaded the conduct of the 2015 NCI-SRD Summit at Hotel H2O in Manila with the theme “Buklod at Galing Tungo sa Kaunlaran sa Kanayunan.”
The summit was organized for the government, civil society organizations and the private sector to continue exchanging ideas and make convergence a mainstream strategy and platform for development and good governance.
The activity aimed to deepen the involvement of stakeholders, and identify intervention gaps and measures.
DA Undersecretary Emerson Palad, NCI-SRD Alternate Steering Committee chair, said that the summit is a chance not only to make commitments, but to think strategically together about schemes in convergence and the future of sustainable rural development.