The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), recently signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Expanded Gatasang Kalabaw Convergence Project, together with the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) at PCC National Headquarters and Gene Pool, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.
The agreement aims to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) and the Zero Hunger Program of the government, and the attainment of the ‘10-point socio-economic agenda and development goals.
Through the Expanded Gatasang Kalabaw Convergence Project, the DSWD, through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and EPAHP Program, and partner agencies agreed to provide capacity-building and agriculture-related livelihood interventions to qualified program participants to improve their socio-economic conditions.
Meanwhile, DSWD and DTI also affirmed their partnership by signing the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on Kabuhayan Integration, Business Initiatives, and Gainful Access to Networks or the KAIBIGAN Convergence Project.
The KAIBIGAN Convergence Project seeks to assist qualified program participants especially the victims of disasters, including fire incidents in establishing, growing, or restoring their microenterprises through the complementation of the various livelihood programs and services of the DSWD and DTI.
The MOA and JMC signing ceremony was witnessed by the Nampicuan Dairy Farmer SLP Association, the identified beneficiaries of the SLP and EPAHP of DSWD Field Office (FO) III.
Also present in the ceremonial signing were DSWD Luzon Affairs Assistant Secretary Marites Maristela; DSWD-FO III Assistant Regional Director for Operations Venus Rebuldela; SLP Operations Division Chief Luis Daniel De La Cruz; Nampicuan Municipal Mayor Victor M. Badar; DTI Senior Trade Industry Specialist Marilou Santos; and POPCOM Policy Development and Database Management Division Chief Aileen Serrano. ###