by Ronna Marie A. Badua
16 January 2017 – The Knowledge Management Component Working Group conducted a writeshop for the Environment and Rural Development Project Completion Report (EnRD PCR) last 09 to 13 January 2017 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol despite the foreboding Typhoon Nina in the Visayas Region. It was the opening salvo activity of the DA-DAR-DENR-DILG National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) for the year 2017.
Dedication to public service and cooperation among the concerned regions and the Local Government Units (LGUs) were evident, that inspite the unavailability of public transport, they were able to find ways to arrive at the venue. The common moniker, “para sa bayan”, has never been more true as participants braved dangerous waters and air turbulence just to finish the draft completion report.
The EnRD project is a joint implementation program of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the NCI-SRD, which aims to improve the livelihood of the poor rural population through better management of land and water resources. It has seven (7) components, namely: a.) Policy Dialogue and Strategic Steering; b.) Natural Resource Governance; c.) Integrated Coastal Management; d.) Community Based Forest Management; e.) Enhancement of Food Security in the Visayas; f.) Disaster Risk Management; and g.) Support to Reconstruction in Yolanda affected areas. Significant interventions were instigated among Regions 6, 7 and 8 on support to NCI Systems and Procedures for Ridge-to-Reef and Convergence Sites Planning, Legislative and Policy Agenda among others . The program ended in December 2015, and as a final requirement of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), a project completion report has to be submitted. After three (3) days of nonstop discussion and writing (and heavy downpour), the participants from the four (4) core agencies, as well as from the Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs)) and Municipal Local Government Units (MLGUs) drafted a 16-page report subject for review.
Atty. Ranibai D. Dilangalen, DA Undersecretary for Special Concerns and Chair of the NCI Alternate National Steering Committee (NCI-ANSC) graced the event, with the NCI National Focal Person, Dir. Silvino Q. Tejada, CESO III, and NCI Senior Technical Adviser Dr. Oscar O. Parawan. The presence of DA RFO VII Regional Technical Director Marina Hermoso, the Regional Convergence Initiative (RCI) Region 7 focal person, also signified the all-out support of the host region on the NCI SRD initiatives.
Overall, the activity was considered successful after accomplishing its main objective, which is to craft a project completion report. This should usher a good sign for more NCI victories with its upcoming activities for the rooster year.