NIA MIMAROPA Institutional Development Units Conducts IDP Implementers Year-End Empowerment Workshop and Planning Forum

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro - Through the support of Acting Regional Manager Engr. Ronilio M. Cervantes, EOD Manager Engr. Lowell L. Lozano and AFD Manager Kirsty Caroline M. Hernandez-Aceron, the Institutional Development Unit of NIA MIMAROPA Regional Office, headed by Engr. Ave Jane V. Alvarado, spearheaded the NIA MIMAROPA IDP Implementers Year-End Empowerment Workshop and Planning Forum held from December 12 to 15, 2023 in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.

The activity was participated by all the IDP implementers across the region and was graced by the EOD Manager and Acting Regional Manager. In his message, EOD Manager Lozano expressed appreciation and emphasized the pivotal role of IDOs in the organization's success, particularly in their direct interactions with farmers and their proactive approach to their responsibilities.

Acting Regional Manager Cervantes conveyed sincere gratitude and appreciation to the MIMAROPA IDP Implementers for their contributions to achieving this year’s targets. He challenged the IDP implementers to double the region’s accomplishments for CY 2024, stressing the agency's main objective of improving farmers’ quality of life. He urged the strengthening of convergence initiatives and directed all IDP implementers to submit proposals to DSWD and DOLE for the inclusion of farmer-beneficiaries in programs such as Cash-for-Work and TUPAD.

Manager Cervantes also reminded the IDP implementers to continue their efforts in establishing and developing Irrigators Service Cooperatives (ISCs) in line with the directive of Acting Administrator Guillen to establish one cooperative per municipality. Regarding KADIWA sa NIA, he encouraged MOMARO IMO to hold events in the provinces of Marinduque and Romblon. He pointed out the increase in Operations Subsidy, which will benefit farmer-beneficiaries, while also reminding IDP implementers to ensure the strict implementation of maintenance activities for the IAs. Despite the increased workload, he reminded the IMOs that they could hire additional IDOs to augment the workforce.

The first day of the activity focused on a training session on “Stress Management and Mental Health Awareness” to equip IDP implementers with knowledge, skills, and coping strategies to effectively manage stress and prioritize mental well-being. Mr. Timothy Josef A. Lastimoza and Carl Martin Roxas from the Provincial DOH Office served as Resource Persons for the activity.

The subsequent days of the activity focused on the discussion and assessment of IDP implementation under IMTSS, Other Fund Sources, CARP, and Line Projects, with each IMO presenting their accomplishments. Additionally, updates on the accomplishments as of November 30, 2023, for EPAHP, the Establishment and Development of Irrigators Service Cooperatives (ISCs), Convergence Program, Status of DA-RSBSA, and Irrigators Association Clustering were presented and discussed. MC 147, s. 2023, was also addressed to ensure IDP implementers had a common understanding and were prepared for its implementation. Furthermore, initial planning for CY 2024 was carried out to establish clear goals and directions among IDP implementers.

Lastly, a team-building activity was integrated to promote collaboration and cohesion, recognizing the importance of unified teams in overcoming challenges.