Butuan City--The Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Regional Convergence Team (RCT) gathered its partner agencies, including National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga, for its first quarter meeting on 31 March 2022 at The Pavilion, Watergate Boutique Hotel, Butuan City.
The meeting aims to further strengthen the collaboration between EPAHP partner agencies, evaluate all the EPAHP-related activities implemented in the year 2021 and to identify and address issues and plan including the deliverables and calendar of activities for CY 2022.
Partner agencies of EPAHP are divided into three: the supply partners, support partners and demand partners. Each partner agency participated in the planning and presented EPAHP-related interventions for 2022.
The support partners such as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Agriculture (DA) commit to provide farm production inputs, equipment and facilities. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) commit to provide capacity-building training programs for entrepreneurship. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) commits to assist and provide food processing facilities and equipment. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) commit to provide skills training and capacity development. The National Irrigation Association (NIA) commit to rehabilitate, construct and improve irrigation facilities. The Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) commit to support food production, processing and marketing through credit and loan assistance.
Meanwhile, the demand partners such as Supplementary Feeding Program of DSWD, government hospitals and the network of private hospitals of Department of Health (DOH), Tutok Kainan – Dietary Supplementation Program of NNC and the jails managed by Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) commits to procure commodities from the farm products of community-based organizations under EPAHP.
Additionally, the 2021 EPAHP accomplishments were presented including the summary of sales of the different community-based organizations, the supply partners, under the different partner agencies such as the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) of DAR, Irrigator’s Association of NIA and Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations (SLPAs) of DSWD.
The meeting recognized partners through the awarding of certificate of appreciation for its support and commitment as Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger & Poverty’s Capacity Building Activities members. #MPRayco