REGIONAL-NEWS

DILG-R1, other NGAs sign MOU in support of EPAHP

October 5, 2021

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region 1 (DILG-R1) together with various national government agencies sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Convergence Program in a virtual ceremonial launch last September 10, 2021.

DILG-R1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag said that the collaborative efforts of the EPAHP partners would create greater synergy and convergence in engaging the urban and rural communities, enhancing social capital. She said that it can also optimize economic resource base through supplementary feeding and other government feeding programs, food production and livelihood programs and essential support services, including the participation of community-based organizations in government procurement as partners and/or service providers.

Cabinet Secretary and EPAHP Chairperson Karlo Nograles, who was also present during the ceremonial launching, said that the small farmers and fisherfolks are the priority sectors and programs and measures of the EPAHP may help them cope up with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Daquioag likewise said that the virtual signing of the MOU was participated in by the Regional Directors (RDs) from the DILG; Department of Agrarian Reform; Department of Agriculture (DA); Department of Education; and, Department of Health.

RDs from the National Nutrition Council; Department of Science and Technology; Department of Trade and Industry; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; National Irrigation Administration; and Philippine Crop Insurance likewise inked the said memorandum.

Commission on Population; National Food Authority (together with Giant Agribest Trading Corporation); Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; Agriculture Training Institute-Regional Training Center 1; and DA–Philippine Carabao Centers at Mariano Marcos State University-Batac, Ilocos Norte and Rosario, La Union regional heads were also present to participate.