by Joanna L. Olson, DA-RFO 10 w/ reports from RVATejada

Cagayan de Oro City – AIMING for a more focused and unified interventions for sustainable development using the Convergence Initiative (CI) strategy, the four rural development agencies, namely: DA, DENR, DAR and DILG convened with the technical working group (TWG) at the regional, provincial and municipal levels to a Joint Consultation and Planning-Workshop for the Preparation of the Convergence Area Development Plan (CADP), on April 18-22, 2016.

Mustered in the event are the members of the RCI-TWG from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) together with their partner local government units belonging to the Royale and Inayawan-Illana clusters, in the province of Lanao del Norte and the Mt. Balatukan Range cluster, in Misamis Oriental.

“It is a necessity in crafting a CADP for the various local convergence agro-enterprise clusters (LCAEC), as this will serve as the basis for the downpour of resources and implementation of interventions and activities covered in the CI sites for the 2017-2022 period,” remarked Carlota S. Madriaga, chief of the Field Operations Division of DA-RFO 10.


Thea Mae Baltazar and Jemimah Bela Torrefiel from the NCI Secretariat presented a detailed outline of the CADP, which will aid the three clusters in the formulation of their respective plans.

Included in the CADP is composing an introduction and a summary of the processes in devising the plan; an analysis of the covered LCAEC sites; a formulation of the vision, mission and goals of the plan; the key integrated watershed management strategies

The implementing agencies involved in the implementation of programs and projects for the three CI sites found under the Royale, Mt. Inayawan-Illana and Mt. Balatukan clusters, gathered to craft solid and tangible IEM-based and GIS-generated CADPs through undertaking appropriate courses of action. Photo credits: Apol Caryl Novoto be employed; the duration, schedule and costing of the key activities in the plan for the specified clusters.

While a detailed outline of the CADP has been highlighted, Dario Barbarona, a representative from DENR also accentuated that the plan should be integrated ecosystems management-based and geographical information system-generated based. “In that, it should bring sectors and stakeholders together to jointly plan, design, and manage their landscapes and institutional resources and it should be culled out from a system that would show spatial or geographical data,” he said.

Completed during the activity is the formulation of the vision, mission and goal statements, which form part of the CADP and an interfacing session between the four national government agencies and LGUs, including the city/municipal agricultural officers, planning development officers and the local government operations officers, also took place.

Among the salient points raised during the forum is the exact flow in the implementation of the CADP, considering that there are many existing plans (comprehensive land use, annual investment and commodity investment plans, etc.) that would potentially be a challenge of executing on the part of the LGUs.

“The aim of the CADP is to integrate plans to make it comprehensive and encompassing those agencies towards rural development,” Baltazar responded. “Convergence is a strategy that integrates all programs and projects such that it is in sync with the existing policies of the involved agencies (DA, DENR, DAR and DILG),” she added.

As the submission of the CADP to the Regional Development Council will be on July 12, 2016 for approval, the body is yet to fast track timeline of activities for the month of May, which includes the submission of the CADP draft; conduct of training on Geographical Information System using Manifold Application; presentation of the semi-finalized draft CADP to local chief executives/principals; and the conduct of a writeshop on the finalization of CADP with selected PCI representatives.

The CI is implemented through a complementation of resources and expertise among the national government agencies, while putting premium the roles of the LGUs in identifying what interventions should be poured out to their areas of responsibility.