Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Top Management, Administrator Ricardo R Visaya and Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B Bagasin join the virtual Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) orientation in MIMAROPA particularly NIA Mindoro Oriental-Marinduque-Romblon Irrigation Management Office (MOMARO IMO) and Palawan IMO on November and December 2020. The said activities were attended by officials and members of various Irrigators Association (IA) and other stakeholders in Oriental Mindoro and Palawan.
EPAHP is one of the clusters that have been established under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Arm Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) to address hunger and food security issues and poverty reduction. It is coherent with EO No. 101 s. 2020, creating the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger.
“Ang pinakatarget ng EPAHP ay mapataas ang productivity at mapataas ang kita ng mga farmers habang sine-safeguard ang food security ng ating bansa and to combat ang problema ng kagutuman at malnutrisyon.” explained Cabinet Secretary Nograles. As the chairperson of the EPAHP, Task Force on Zero Hunger and NIA Board, he extended his gratitude to those who worked tirelessly for the said program and for continuing the said activity despite frequent typhoons and pandemic.
NIA signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with partner agencies under EPAHP on December 9, 2019.
“One with EPAHP in fulfilling its mission, the National Irrigation Administration is fully committed in doing its part in the best way possible.” Shared NIA Administrator Visaya. He added that through the EPAHP program, food self-sufficiency will be attained and will not result in food shortage. “Through continuous construction, rehabilitation and improvement of irrigation systems nationwide, NIA contributes to the overall achievement of EPAHP. Reliable and efficient irrigation system translates to greater yield thus, giving farmers consistent and higher income.”
NIA Administrator emphasized that teamwork and active participation in accomplishing the program is very vital. Eradicating hunger and poverty demand more attention, not just from the government but from every sector of the society.
NIA MIMAROPA Regional William P. Ragodon said that hunger, poverty, marginalized sector and farmers must be given special attention. Also, he said that NIA is extending its effort to improve the delivery of services to the farmers.
Cabinet Secretary Nograles hopes that the next meeting will be about signing of the MOU between the Irrigators Associations and partner agencies for the proper implementation of EPAHP. #Aileen Vernice G. Bahia, Regional Office