NIA-Regional Irrigation Office IX Acting Regional Manager Engr. Salome N. Layasan, EOD Manager Engr. Maritez I. Soria, AFD Manager Albine Dave V. Jubilado, and SIDO Rosie Lyn R. Bayawa lead the EPAHP Region IX Marketing Agreement Mass Signing held at Function Hall, NIA Building, Labangan, ZDS today, February 24, 2022. In full support (via online teleconferencing) were the NIA Administrator Gen Ricardo R Visaya (Ret) and Institutional Development Division Manager Leo L. Gallego from the NIA Central Office. Field Office Managers and IDS Heads were also present to support their respective Irrigators Association.
EPAHP is a government’s initiative to mitigate hunger and ensure food and nutrition security. The program objectives can be achieved by assisting the different Irrigators Associations in establishing linkages with the potential partners to market their farm produce.
In this year’s EPAHP implementation, NIA Region IX was able to link seven (7) Relevant Interested Parties (RIPs) as partner agencies tied up with eleven (11) Irrigators Associations, to wit:
1.Lumayang IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Teresita L. Chua in partnership with ZAMBASULTA NIAEASP rep by Nurlinda A. Amil
(Product: Virgin Coconut Oil)
2-4. Jolipaman IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Josephine A. Dumencil, Silvestre Cabral IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Nivard S. De Guzman, and Simasfrati IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Wilfredo Q. Ucab, Jr., all three (3) are in partnership with LGU Siocon, ZDN rep. by Mayor Julius S. Lobrigas, herein rep by Mun Admin. Henry Mark T. Casocot
5. Tukuran IA, Inc. rep. by Pres. Eduardo M. Salon in partnership with MAMIDUTAGI Federation rep by Pres Jorge M. Andam (Product: Sardines)
6. Labrador Timualag Katurog IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Geronimo C. Alterado
in partnership with Poblacion Buug Public Market Vendors Asspciation rep by Pres. Allan T. Lara
7-9. Lateral A3 IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Isagani A. Lodovice, Risibi FIA, Inc. rep by Pres. Wilson B. Almenio and Ridam IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Loreto G. Nigus, all three (3) are in partnership with Labangan Pagadian Farmers IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Alonto L. Marcaban
10. TABAFIA rep by Pres. Tito G. Brit, herein rep by VPres. Pableo E. Sumaoy in partnership with Emmie's Grocery rep by the Owner, Nemesia F. Moneza
(Product: Herbal Tea)
11. Maunlad na Sakahan IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Clauden L. Dela Cruz in partnership with Toronro Venture Inc. Research Development Phil. rep by CR Officer Ronald C. Asignacion
The ceremony was graced by no less than the IATF Chairperson for Zero Hunger, Cabinet Secretary, Acting Presidential Spokesperson Hon. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles. In his message, he applauded the region for its remarkable progress in the implementation of EPAPH programs which helped the lives of many farmers and commended the conduct of this marketing agreement mass signing which will assure that farmers' products will be properly disposed in the market.
In closing, Mohammad Binzale A. Hashim, DSWD EPAHP Reg’l. Program Coordinator congratulated NIA IX for organizing this MA mass signing. He added that it's the 1st time he attended an EPAPH event like this and hoped for more in the future.
Together we fight, together we win!