NIA IX joins PRLEC's poverty reduction and livelihood programs for disadvantaged communities

DUMINGAG, ZDS, July 14 (NIA-9) – The National Irrigation Administration Region 9 (NIA-9) along with other line agencies converged in a remote barangay of ZDS to implement the Sustainable Development Intervention Program (SDIP) of Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC).

PRLEC is one of the 12 efforts under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and is being managed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). It aims to develop self-reliant, resilient, productive, and sustainable communities through harmonized and culturally responsive development programs.

Pursuant to the PRLEC’s mission and intent, a two (2) day Sustainable Development Intervention Program (SDIP) was conducted by the Cluster on June 13-14, 2021 at Brgy Dilud, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur. The beneficiaries of the program are two (2) barangays of Dumingag identified as geographically isolated, disadvantaged, and conflict-affected areas namely: Brgy. Dilud and Brgy. Sunop.

Being one of the member agencies of PRLEC, NIA’s programs are geared towards the enhancement of agricultural activity of these areas. During the conduct of SDIP, NIA-9 PRLEC Representatives Engr. Joel Janiola, Rosie Lyn Bayawa, and Jenny Lyn Cleofe gave a brief orientation of the agency and its irrigation programs, and explained to the community the process on how they can avail irrigation programs to further improve their rice production.

At present, the farmers of these barangays are dependent to rain water for their farms. With the introduction of NIA, farmer-participants were enlightened and were given hope to an improved farming in their area.

On behalf of NIA-9 management, NIA PRLEC representatives assured the community as well as the organizers its continuous support to PRLEC’s commitment to empower every remote community in Zamboanga Peninsula.