by Vida Cacal & Benedicta M. Barnachea, Region I
The Municipality of Dumingag, Zamboanga Del Sur looks forward to the construction of more roads and bridges that will connect twenty four ancestral domain barangays to the rest of the forty four barangays of the municipality through the support of the National Convergence Initiative (NCI).
The NCI is a collaborative efforts enabling the Local Government Units to pursue local economic development in the countryside. It is led by four (4) major rural development agencies namely the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with recent inclusion of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM).
In a recent visit made by the Information Officers from different agencies attending the Journalism Training being conducted by the Knowledge Management Component Working Group (KMCWG) of the NCI, Ms. Juliet Agustin, Municipal Planning & Development Coordinator (MPDC) informed the group of what the municipality would like to include in the convergence.
“Our municipality’s focus of intervention is always anchored on our Genuine People’s Agenda which is the core agenda of our present administration here.”, Agustin explained. “Eighty five percent of the population of Dumingag are IPs, hence, the construction of more roads and bridges will help the Subanens, (the Indigenous People in Dumingag) to have easy access to rural development and will likewise hasten the transfer of technologies and whatever interventions our government would want to provide in these barangays”, she added.
Other development needs identified by themunicipality are establishment of health centers to strengthen health services, literacy programs, and watershed development through sustainable irrigation facilities and services.
The Municipality of Dumingag is a second class municipality with 35,000 hectares devoted to agriculture. Still in the phase of further economic and social development, the inclusion of the municipality as an expansion site for the Local Convergence Agro-Enterprise Cluster (LCAEC) project in Region 9 is seen to boost ecomic and social growth both for the people and the municipality as a whole