PINUKPUK, Kalinga, May 30 (PIA) -- This administration in its fight against poverty puts the poor at the center of government interventions in order to achieve inclusive growth and equity in resource allocation, the chief of the National Anti-Poverty Commission said.
Sec. Liza Maza of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) stressed that marginalized groups targeted to benefit from government programs and projects should receive equal attention and be part of the process.
She said of the 14 sectors under NAPC’s clientele, she believes that indigenous peoples should be at the center of government interventions. “In aiming for food sufficiency and agriculture development, you must be part of the process as planning starts from the grassroot level,” she told IPs in Limos, Pinukpuk.
Maza visited Pinukpuk, Balbalan and Pasil to validate rice terraces in the said municipalities covered under the proposed rehabilitation of rice terraces for the food secutiry plan of 2018-2022. Here, 2,000 hectares of rice terraces are being validated under the convergence program.
“This project also aims to protect IP’s ancestral domain since land to you is life. By developing your opportunities through training and technology, we hope also of an increase in produdction yield and family income,” she added.
She said the biggest of all convergence fighting poverty is in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) which is the rehabilitation of rice terraces. Kalinga is the fourth of a series of validation in CAR, she said.
As adviser to the President on poverty, she said she will bring to Malacanang what the people want and their needs. “As lead convenor on anti-poverty programs and with President Duterte as Chairman, the enbanc which is a convergence of concerned departments and presidents of national leagues will deliberate on the proposal,” Maza said.
“I will ask the help of government partners to pool and share the needed resources particularly on the rehabilitation of rice terraces,” she said adding that others are conserving rice terraces for tourism but ‘ours if for food security," Maza added.
Lorna Baggay, KALIPI member informed Maza that their centuries old- rice terraces are the main source for the staple food. Before, harvest was abundant since water supply is also sufficient to irrigate the rice fields, but now, food on the table becomes scarce because of more mouth to feed, the reason why they shifted to corn production as an easy source of cash to buy commercial rice.
“Our priorities are irrigation systems, agriculture support facilities, footbridges to have safe access to our production areas, conservation of watershed as source of irrigation water and training on farming technologies,” Baggay told Maza.
Vice Gov. James Edduba, who accompanied Maza in her sorties to hinterland barangays of Balbalan, Pasil and this municipalty, hopes the project will be approved as he rallied all barangay officials to give their support to NAPC. Peter A. Balocnit(ALT/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)