NIA signs Joint Memorandum Circular and the Addendum to the MOU on the Implementation of EPAHP Convergence Program

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 14:18


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, signed the Joint Memorandum Circular and Addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Implementation of the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Convergence Program with all heads of departments, bureaus, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), government financial institutions, state universities and colleges (SUCs), local government units (LGUs), and other EHPAP partners and development partners, on December 09, 2020 via Google Meet.

The signatories of the Joint Memorandum Circular include Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones, DA Secretary William D. Dar, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, DepEd Secretary Leonor M. Briones,  DOH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, NAPC Secretary Noel K. Felongco, DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II, Landbank President/CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, DBP President/CEO Emmanuel G. Herbosa, Commission on Population and Development Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III, World Food Programme Philippines Deputy Country Director Mats Persson, and Food and Agriculture Organization Philippines Representative Xiangjun Yao.

The original Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) Program was implemented upon the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in June 2016 to institutionalize the collaborative efforts among DSWD, DAR, and DA as a key strategy of the national government in addressing critical concerns on hunger mitigation, food and nutrition insecurity, and poverty reduction. The program was enhanced to include additional partners, roles, and responsibilities upon the signing of EPAHP Convergence MOU on December 09, 2019 at Malacañang Palace, Manila.

The first year anniversary of EPAHP marks the ceremonial signing of the EPAHP Joint Memorandum Circular, as well as the alliance with new partners, namely: DBP and DICT. Capping the event is the Pledge of Support by all EPAHP partners to improve the lives of the Filipino people as one of the banner programs of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger, which intends to end hunger, achieve foods security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in the Philippines.

NIA remains committed in delivering efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers as the Agency’s vital contribution in increasing rice production and to the growth of the country’s agricultural sector in general.

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