By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The efforts to attain the government’s zero-hunger target in the country has gathered steam as the technical working group of the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) is close to finalizing the framework for food security and poverty alleviation program.
Chaired by Restituto Macuto, Director of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the group scrutinized every provision of the draft framework to ensure that it would be in conformity with the respective mandates of the partner agencies.
Aside from DSWD, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education, Department of Health, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are involved in the program.
DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Emily Padilla said the agency is working on the subdivision of collective certificates of land ownership award (CLOA) to enable each farmer-beneficiary to direct his or her own course.
So far, DAR has distributed close to 5 million hectares of agricultural land, 1.2 million hectares of these are bundled into a number of collective CLOAs, with the leadership of farmers’ organizations taking charge on behalf of their members.
Padilla said the parceling of collective CLOAs is the DAR’s expression of support to the partnership in pursuit of the government’s food security and poverty alleviation program as it helps “empower every farmer-beneficiary and spur rural development in the countryside.”
DAR said the meeting seeks to enhance the framework in conformity with the respective mandates of all partner agencies to ensure that all hands on deck for this noble cause.
They added that the collaborative efforts are geared towards increasing farm productivity, ensure food security, and mitigate malnutrition.
“Our efforts build on the success of the Brazilian government in providing agricultural extension services that are linked to the nutritional needs of the national feeding program,” DAR said.