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PANGANTUCAN, BUKIDNON — In its concerted efforts to advance a clean and sustainable water resource for agriculture, industry, and economy, the Regional Convergence Initiative – Technical Working Group (RCI-TWG) spearheaded the final review and critiquing of the Muleta Watershed Convergence Area Development Plan (CADP) on August 24, 2023
The meeting follows the CADP writeshop conducted by the National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City last May 16 to 19, 2023.
Members of the RCI-TWG in attendance include the Department of Agriculture – 10 (DA-10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado as lead convener, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-10), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-10), and officials of the local government unit (LGU) of Pangantucan.
Discussed during the meeting were salient points of the Muleta CADP, presented by Pangantucan Municipal Agriculturist Teodoro B. Quirante III, including the watershed profile, major goals and strategies of the CADP, and the budgetary requirements for implementation from 2023 until 2027.
DA-10 Executive Assistant III Joel S. Rudinas enjoined the RCI-TWG to continuously offer their inputs to improve the plan and underscored the potential benefits of the CADP for the community of Pangantucan when approved.
“Through this CADP, we hope to convey that this kind of investment is urgent, very important, and very necessary because we have a vision and an end in mind. We are more excited about this project on account of the fact that there is an opportunity where we can work together [to] build up development in these areas,” Rudinas said.
Pangantucan Municipal Administrator Ian Boy A. Garcenila thanked the support of the RCI-TWG in developing the said plan toward progress and the development of their community.
Comments and suggestions from members of the RCI-TWG will be incorporated into the final document before the final presentation to the National Steering Committee for review and approval in October this year. (DA RFO-10)