by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, Apr. 6 (PIA) — The finalization of the Investment Plan of Sorsogon Convergence Initiative for Rural Development is now being finalized for presentation this Friday, March 8, 2011 during the launching of the Sorsogon Convergence Initiative on Rural Development.
Dr. Garry Madrid, regional technical director of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol facilitated the identification of the seven commodities for development in the three areas of the province which are being piloted as areas of convergence for development namely Sorsogon City, Castilla and Casiguran.
For the municipality of Casiguran, pineapple farming and pineapple processing, coconut farming and coco coir production were identified as their major commodity for development together with fruit and forest trees.
Forthis city, identified commodities for development were pili and pili processing, coconut and coco coir, integrated farming going to organic farming, mariculture, fruit and forest trees, essential oil development and livestock upgrading.
Castilla has identified local commodities include coconut, coco coir production, livestock for both large and small animals, cassava, peanut and organic rice.
The final seven commodities to be highly developed are coconut, pili, livestock, pineapple, forest and forest trees, mariculture zone project, and organic farming that will be part of the investment plan targeted for five years.
Investment plan of the province will engage the inputs provided by their municipal agricultural officers and various stakeholders of the three municipalities.
The facilitation and review of the plan will be done by the provincial heads of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Rosalier R. Olayres , Department of Environment and Natural Resources Officer (DENR) Oscar C. Dominguez and provincial assistant of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Maria Theresa Destura.
The finalized plan will include the matrix for five-year implementation and will provide the rationale of the product’s importance its opportunities as lead poverty reduction indicator for livelihood and rural development.
This national initiative of the government is one of the banner imprints of PNoy Administration to address poverty, under the first concern of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) which hopefully according to Madrid will be replicated in other areas.
Madrid also stressed the need to identify support infrastructure development as a parallel mechanism in developing the countryside so that this products will easily find its way to the local, national and global markets.
The convergence will also identify following the menu of the name of cluster, municipalities covered, goal, name of beneficiaries, areas to be developed, impact on income, impact on region, impact on province and impact on poverty incidence.
According to Madrid the purpose of the convergence is also to come up with a more comprehensive identification of programs and projects without replication specially with infrastructure development support and when presented to the national officials who will be present during the launch will interface with local officials and various stakeholders and will see to it that logistical assistance be fast tracked.
The presentation of the Investment Plan of Sorsogon Convergence Initiative for Rural Development will be presented by former governor Sally A. Lee and executive director of the Sorsogon Provincial Management Office.
Senator Hon. Francis Joseph G. Escudero and Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are expected to grace the launching activities.
(SPMO). (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)
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