The Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) in pursuit of a “Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay” is strengthening convergence mechanisms in the Region to address the root causes of poverty.

During the 2019 First Quarter Meeting, the RDC Sectoral Committee on Macroeconomy and Development Administration (SCMDA) endorsed the Calabarzon Convergence Areas (CCA) Action Plan. This action plan consists of interagency support activities like conduct of Community Outreach Activities, implementation of Yakap Bayan – Community Support and Mobilization Program, and Adopt-a-Municipality Project to raise visibility of government and development partners’ programs and projects, and improve delivery of public goods and services. Consequently, the activities will alleviate poverty and mitigate insurgency situations in the identified areas.

The plan also focuses on strategic actions in expanding economic opportunities in agriculture and in improving nutrition. On agriculture, preparation of a strategic roadmap for the coconut industry, and promotion and assistance for intercropping, product diversification and processing, and value chain will be pursued to increase production, employment and income of farmers and growers.

To improve nutrition and address the issue on stunting and wasting, the “First 1,000 Days” Program will be implemented in areas with high incidence of malnutrition.

SCMDA also endorsed advocacy activities to intensify stakeholders’ awareness of the different development programs, projects and services available, and for the government agencies to converge activities to less disadvantaged municipalities.

Laurece Francia R. Tanyag, NEDA Region IV-A | February 18, 2019