Ilocos Sur hosts confab for sustainable rural development

VIGAN CITY – The National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) Summit was set on June 20 at the Vigan Convention Center here with the theme, “Sustaining Convergence Towards Rural Development.”

Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Director Narciso Edillo said the summit was held to provide an overview of the key concepts and principles as well as effective strategies under the NCI-SRD to further strengthen its efforts and contribute to addressing issues on hunger and poverty, food security and climate change, consistent with the thrusts of the Duterte administration.

Around 400 participants attended the summit that seeks to help improve the quality of life of the Philippines’ most marginalized sectors through a holistic approach which focuses on shared responsibility in the sustainable development of natural resources and communities in rural areas.

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, graced the summit together with the undersecretaries of the DA, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); including NCI national component and ecosystem working group members, NCI national secretariat, Regional Convergence Initiative Technical Working Group members, Master in Public Management major in Rural Development graduates, and selected local government units.

The NCI was created in 1999 through the joint efforts of the secretaries of the DA, DAR, and the DENR.

In 2011, the DILG joined the NCI-SRD to strengthen interventions of the local government in the countryside.

NCI develops and operationalizes a common framework for sustainable rural development that facilitates the convergence of the resources of the various agencies to maximize the impact on countryside development and further contribute to reduction of poverty. (From the report of April M. Montes-Bravo, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)