Convergence to launch COVeg farm
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Sept. 24 (PIA) – The launching of a Community Organic Vegetable (COVeg) farm as a convergence initiative will highlight a service caravan spearheaded by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Provincial Office on Sept. 25 in Barangay Putian in Cuartero town.
The vegetable farm project will serve as springboard to other livelihood initiatives that will be poured in by various government agencies to the upland villagers, particularly the 51 former rebel sympathizers, as a government’s contribution to their transformation into a new and peaceful life.
Trainings on organic agriculture production, carpentry and masonry will be conducted among the beneficiaries in preparation for the provision of a livelihood on native chicken production.
“Their training will prepare them for the construction of chicken pens,” said TESDA-Capiz provincial director Engr. Abdel Hajan during a final coordination meeting for the upcoming activity dubbed “Capiz PRLEC Serbisyo Caravan.”
PRLEC is Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster and one of the 12 clusters in view of the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace to end local communist armed conflict.
“This convergence initiative is actually a manifestation that the government is sincere in what it is doing in support to Executive Order No. 70 of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte,” he added, stressing that proper health protocols will be strictly observed during the launching activity.
A video message of TESDA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña about PRLEC that is being chaired by the agency will be played during the program.
Various PRLEC member agencies like DA, DAR, DTI, DOLE, DOST, DENR, DILG, PNP, AFP and Philippine Coconut Authority will present their programs for the beneficiaries aside from some others who will conduct a symbolic turnover of their assistance as an input to the convergence project.
Hajan said the convergence initiative will also be replicated in other identified Retooled Community Support Program barangays of Cuartero and Tapaz towns to address identified issues of the communities by closing the governance and development gaps through the provision of needed government programs, projects and activities. (JBG/AAL/PIA Capiz)