Convergence Team presents Imbang-Malogo CADP to Neg Occ leaders

Posted by: RAFIS DA6 | Posted at: June 6, 2024

Aiming to refine and endorse a strategic plan dedicated to sustainable watershed management and agrarian development, the National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) conducted a writeshop activity to finalize the Imbang, Malogo, and Sicaba Watershed Convergence Area Development Plan (IMSW CADP) for 2025-2030 recently in Bacolod City. The event brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod/Bayan, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and district representatives from the 2nd and 3rd districts of Negros Occidental, Members of Provincial / Municipal/City Convergence Initiative TWG and representative from NIA, NIA, PCA, PhilRice & BFAR.

Carmelita C. Fantilanan said that the IMSW CADP writeshop marked a critical milestone in a collaborative effort to develop a comprehensive plan that addresses the environmental, social, and economic needs of the Imbang, Malogo, and Sicaba watersheds. These watersheds are essential to the region’s agricultural productivity, water supply, and biodiversity. The proposed plan aims to balance resource conservation and community development, ensuring a sustainable future for the area’s inhabitants.

She said that key elements of the IMSW CADP include extensive reforestation efforts, soil erosion control, and riverbank stabilization to preserve the watersheds’ ecological integrity. The plan also proposes the establishment of protected areas and biodiversity corridors to safeguard native flora and fauna. These measures are designed to enhance the resilience of the watersheds against environmental degradation and climate change impacts.

The plan promotes the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, organic farming, and agroforestry. Additionally, it addresses programs on modern farming techniques, financial management, tourism, and market access. As the plan moves into the implementation phase, continuous engagement with the local stakeholders, transparent governance, and adaptive management will be key to its success. The IMSW CADP sets a strong foundation for addressing Negros Occidental’s environmental challenges while fostering economic growth and community well-being.

NCI-SRD is a collaborative strategy among four key Philippine government agencies: the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). This initiative promotes sustainable rural development through a holistic and integrated approach.###Texts by VNQuimpo/DA-RAFIS 6