Northern Samar Irrigation Management Office (NSIMO) Forges Partnership with NFA in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty

 

The Northern Samar Irrigation Management Office (NSIMO) and the Irrigators Associations in Northern Samar have successfully established a pivotal partnership with the National Food Authority (NFA). The collaboration was officially sealed during the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Marketing Agreement Signing, a momentous event held on January 19, 2024, at Ephine’s Foodhauz in Brgy. Macagtas, Northern Samar.

The EPAHP Marketing Agreement aims to tackle poverty and hunger issues by maximizing government resources and processes with the ultimate aim of helping the irrigators' associations have a stable market for selling their rice produce. Through this agreement, the contracting irrigators' associations are contracted to sell their rice produce to the National Food Authority based on the newly implemented buying price for wet and dry palay.

The signing ceremony was attended by key dignitaries, including Ms. Melinda L. Capote, Supervising IDO of NIA Region VIII and Engr. Georden A. Lemsic, NSIMO Division Manager. Both expressed gratitude for the collaboration and highlighted the crucial role of the National Irrigation Administration in supporting local farmers as beneficiaries of the EPAHP program.

Meanwhile, Mr. Charles Alingod, Acting Regional Manager II of NFA, together with Mr. Gerard Lim, Acting Assistant Regional Manager and Mr. Zaldy C. Tan, NFA Branch Manager of Northern Samar likewise shared their support through insightful messages during the event underscoring the importance and benefits that both parties will get from said partnership.

Representing the Irrigators Associations is Ms. Mary Jane Celespara, Northern Samar Provincial Federation President who led the 12 irrigators association representatives from the 1st and Second District of Northern Samar.

This milestone marks the first major activity of the Institutional Development Unit of NSIMO for CY 2024. The hope is that NIA's collaboration with other agencies will continue to assist in the government's anti-poverty initiatives and boost the local rice production in the province, thereby sustaining sufficient buffer stock or reserved rice supply in times of calamities.