Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur - The Department of Agrarian Reform in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA) , and the Local Government Units (LGUs) of San Miguel, Molave, Midsalip and Pagadian City is aiming to focus on hunger mitigation, food security and poverty reduction as it jointly implements projects under Partnership Against Hunger & Poverty (PAHP).
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Arturo Soria said forty two (42) officers and representatives from the said agencies were tasked to implement the program.
Soria challenged the PAHP team to bring the government programs directly to the poorer sectors in the rural areas.
“The Government of Brazil is technically assisting us thru its Zero Hunger Program under its Center for Excellence Against Poverty. We also have the support of our Development Partners - the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),World Food Program (WFP), and Asian Development Bank (ADB)”, Soria added.
PARPO I Sherwin B. Tubog said that FAO will provide technical assistance to improve agriculture and fisheries production, and natural resource management. The World Food Program assistance will include treating the undernourished children, providing skills enhancement and higher income opportunities for the rural poor.
Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) Chief, Engr. Josephine Sisican, discussed the interplay of integrated and comprehensive support services delivery for capacity development and provision which include : agri- extension services, rural infrastructure & facilities, foreign assistance projects, agri – insurance, access to credit and micro finance to AR Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBOs) with different market access.
Local Day Care Centers will also be handled by DSWD and DepEd while institutional outlets for the various livestock, crops, grains, and veggies will also be facilitated by of DAR - DA – DSWD to be assisted by ARBOs who will be spurred to increase farm productivity.
DAR thru the PBDD, empowers the ARBOs by producing and supplying food items as required by the Pantawid Parent Leaders Organizations who in turn prepare the food menus for their children.
With these concerted efforts, and following the Brazilian Government’s Model, PARPO Soria is optimistic that hunger will be lessened, health of undernourished schoolchildren recovered, food security and poverty reduction will be attained, as farmers improve their productivity, increase their income and eventually make their communities flourish. (Ma. Socorro Reambonanza)