by Joanna L. Olson, DA RFO 10
The departments of Agriculture (DA), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Interior Local Governance (DILG) have convened with the representatives from the local government units (LGUs), under the Mt. Balatukan Range cluster, last week, in the town of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental for an Orientation on the Enhanced Convergence Initiative.
As the Program’s execution of projects is anchored on the principle of complementing the resources and expertise among the four national government agencies while underscoring the primacy of the LGUs in determining what interventions should be appropriated in their respective areas, the local chief executives, Sangguniang Bayan members, city/municipal agriculturists, city/municipal planning development coordinators, city/municipal environment and natural resources officers and other stakeholders were called to a briefing as they were imparted about the Convergence Initiative, particularly on the roles that they should assume for the maximization of its existence to convey broader and sustainable impact to the populace of the said cluster.
Through the orientation, the quartet is optimistic that they will have a thorough understanding on the Convergence Initiative and ultimately, come up with the inputs for the preparation of a Convergence Area Development Plan, which is slated to be presented before the group by the end of March 2016.
Issues arising from the meeting include clarifications on whether the Convergence Initiative will be requiring the seals of good local governance and financial housekeeping, among others as well as requesting for a complete list of the priority interventions from the 4 implementing NGAs of the Convergence Initiative.