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MRDP charts action to protect sources of food, livelihood

Koronadal City (21 November) -- A well-planned course of action is needed to address climate change and arrest the degradation of the environment, thus, sustain sources of food.

This was the aim of the Planning and Project Development Management Workshop conducted recently by the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) under its Natural Resources Management (NRM) for its covered town Don Marcelino, Davao del Sur.

The town of Don Marcelino is among the six municipalities across Mindanao to benefit conservation technologies and sustainable income generating activities from the Program.

The workshop gives primary consideration on watershed management approach eyed to guide the effective conservation management and pick up the dismal condition of Mindanao's natural resources.

The sustainable protection and conservation of the environment will safeguard the source of food and majority of livelihoods now and for the future.

MRDP Program Director Roger C. Chio in an interview said that the holistic process of development includes the preservation of the natural resources which supplies food and livelihood.

"We cannot strongly wage to uplift lives in rural Mindanao, should we fail to preserve our natural resources, the primary source of food and agricultural livelihoods," Chio added.

Don Marcelino Mayor John Johnson for his part expressed full support to the conservation and livelihood subprojects lined up to be implemented in the town.

"We are ready to support MRDP, in fact we have already set aside our counterpart equity for the Program," Johnson said.

The training-workshop included the members of the Technical Working Group from the regional, provincial and municipal level along with representatives from the sectors of women, indigenous peoples, farmers and fisherfolks.

After the week long training, the group was able to produce NRM action plan and the list of possible on-the-ground investments for environmental preservation and livelihoods.

NRM Officer-in-Charge Dennis Paul Mijares said that participatory action planning is part of the framework of the Program to advance environmental awareness among the members of the community.

"Climate change is real and happening and it affects all of us. We should aptly take actions while we are still able to," said Mijares.

While the NRM component is geared towards environmental preservation, MRDP, a five-year program launched in 2007 jointly funded by the national government, Local Government Units and World Bank, also implements infrastructure projects, agribusiness opportunities and governance reform all geared to alleviate poverty in rural Mindanao. (MRDP/SBM/PIA 12) [top]

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