CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Strengthening support for the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Program, 23 regional line agencies agreed to jointly implement the program with the inclusion of additional partners, roles and responsibilities through signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU), December 7, here.
The regional agencies include the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), National Dairy Authority (NDA), Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center at Central Mindanao University (DA-PCC at CMU);
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), National Food Authority (NFA), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP);
Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), National Nutrition Council (NNC), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Commission on Population (Popcom), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and LandBank of the Philippines (LBP).
Through the efforts of the said agencies, Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger Karl Alexei Nograles said the government was able to provide safe and nutritious food for pregnant mothers and children (aged 6 months to 23 months), school children via DepEd’s school-based feeding program, daycare students with DSWD’s supplementary feeding program, and other sectors.
“Kining atong pagpaningkamot ug pagtimbayayong tungod ug alang man sa Diyos, sa nasud ug sa atong kabus nga mga kaigsuonan. Wala pud ta’y laing gusto nga maabot kung dili ang pagtabang kanila nga mamahimong maayo ang ilang kinabuhi pinaagi sa hiniusang tumong ug tinguha sa Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty,” DSWD-10 Regional Director Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang said.
(Our efforts and collaboration are all for God, the country and the marginalized. We do not want to attain anything other than helping them and improve their lives through attaining one ultimate goal of the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty)
The collaborative efforts of the EPAHP partners would create greater synergy and convergence in engaging the urban and rural communities to enhance social capital and optimize economic resource base, Lawyer Elaine Chesca Banal of DSWD-10 said.
Such are done through supplementary feeding and other government feeding programs, food production and livelihood programs and essential support services.
Nograles further added that the participation of the agencies is essential to increase farm productivity and income, ensure food and nutrition security, and mitigate hunger and malnutrition in urban and rural communities.
“We need to empower our own farmers and fisherfolk and EPAHP Program just does that by prioritizing the agri products of our community-based organizations and by creating direct linkage between them and the different feeding programs of the government and other institutional markets,” he added.
EPAHP will be chaired by the DSWD regional director as the department serves as the lead agency of the program. (RTP/PIA-10)