by Jake Lorenz C. Aldovino

The efforts of the rural development agencies to mainstream the NCI-SRD as a national government framework have started to draw the attention of the established institutions. In the recently concluded 65th Anniversary Celebration of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, the NCI-SRD Team was in seventh heaven upon receiving an award which the team didn’t see coming.


Prior to the Awarding Ceremony in line with BSWM’s 65th Anniversary Celebration, there were hearsays regarding Dr. Oscar Parawan, NCI-SRD’s Senior Technical Adviser and former National Focal Person, as a recipient of an award on special citation in which the NCI-SRD Team was very thrilled to know, though at the time there was no confirmation of the said recognition.

The National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development, with the mandate of responding to the fragmented delivery of rural development services towards improved governance and maximized use of resources and to unlock the potential of local government units (LGUs) to grow sustainable local economies, have been for several years initiating developments within the country side with Piddig, Javier, Leyte and SSR as model sites to boast. Through the tireless collaborative efforts of DA-DAR-DENR-DILG, these convergence sites were able to fight against the grasp of poverty and has now been self-sufficient in terms of their economy. Although, there is always room for improvement, these municipalities have proven that convergence really works.

Behind the convergence of the four rural development agencies is the NCI Secretariat, the people behind the effective implementation of the NCI-SRD. The Secretariat rally behind the National Focal Person and the Senior Technical Adviser to ensure that the mandate of the organization is on the right track. Thus, their efforts were finally recognized. Not only will it boost the morale of the workforce but the Plaque of Appreciation awarded to the NCI-SRD shall be a tangible proof that if people would work together they can make a difference.

Teamwork has always been the binding force of the NCI-SRD. It is indeed the cooperation among the rural development agencies that brings continuing progress in the countryside. Every involved agency works in contributing equally to the success of the Convergence Initiative.

Above all the recognitions that the group could possibly acquire, it is still of the welfare of its beneficiaries that would really determine its success.