Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, November 21, 2016

Gov’t agencies in Bicol team up vs. hunger and poverty

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office has teamed up with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA) and local government units (LGUs) in the Bicol region to step up efforts in alleviating hunger and poverty.

Programs of these agencies were linked under the Partnership against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) program to serve as a social infrastructure in improving access to basic services and facilitating rural investment.

“Partnership against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) is a convergence program intended to create essential social infrastructure aimed at improving access to basic services and facilitating investment into the rural economy,” DSWD Bicol director Arnel Garcia said.

Garcia said the implementation of the PAHP program has been pilot-tested in Bicol where DSWD’s supplementary feeding program (SFP) for Day Care Centers are linked to the support services program of DAR’s Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBOs), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Local Government Units (LGUs).

“These organizations/agencies would create greater synergy in engaging the poor households by working closely with rural communities to improve their social capital while addressing hunger and alleviating poverty in the community,” he noted.

In line with the program implementation, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been forged between the DSWD, DAR, and DA on June this year.  The implementation is being piloted in Regions VIII, IX and V.

For Bicol, the program is being implemented in the towns of Pili, Canaman, Ocampo, Bomboa and Calabanga in Camarines Sur; Castilla in Sorsogon and soon in Camarines Norte.

Garcia said a total of P3M was released by DSWD under the Sustainable Livelihood Program to fund various projects under the PAHP.

The projects are focused mostly on high value vegetable production, organic farming and training on community- based small scale sea weed value added products like pansit, sea weeds, pickles, chips, puto and lumpia with the sea weeds as the major ingredient. Dried anchovies production is also one of the projects.

Under the PAHP program, community based service providers and farm service providers collectively called the CBOs now provide the needed food items required in Day Care Centers and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) areas under the Supplementary Feeding Program and other government food related programs.

Garcia furthered that the pilot implementation of the PSHP is expected to be expanded nationwide where the ARBOs, Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations, cooperatives and other qualified farmers organizations will provide essential food items required for the feeding of the children in day care centers and SNP areas while improving their farm productions.(MAL/SAA/DSWD5-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571479451846/gov-t-agencies-in-bicol-team-up-vs-hunger-and-poverty#sthash.GLh3KdVu.dpuf

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