By Alfonso T. Ruda
DIPOLOG CITY, March 6 (PIA)---The Municipal Action Team (MAT) of Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte has been adjudged as the “Best Convergence Initiative” throughout the country by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The award was personally received by DSWD 9 Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo from Sec. Judy Taguiwalo in a ceremony held at the DSWD Central Office recently.
The convergence project dubbed “Pera sa Pawis” is a Communal Garden Project established at Barangay Tabon, Jose Dalman through the initiative of the MAT and members of Barangay Tabon Uno Gulayan Association (TUGAS), who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4Ps).
Zamboanga del Norte Social Welfare and Development Team (SWADT) Head Eva E. Avila said the initiative helped in addressing the income, health and nutrition concerns of the residents in the area.
Jose Dalman MAT head Abigael F. Salazar attributed the success of the convergence initiative to the collaborative effort, support and resources from Barangay Tabon, Jose Dalman LGU, and the Provincial Government through the Agriculturist’s Office.
According to Salazar, she defended the project during its presentation in San Fernando, Pampanga on Feb. 13, 2017 with two other nominees from Davao and Caraga region.
Salazar said the project was realized with no single centavo coming from the pocket of its members. The area is owned by a TUGAS member while planting materials and fertilizers were provided by Jose Dalman LGU and the Department of Agriculture.
The Provincial Government provided a tractor and the Barangay Council of Tabon appropriated P100,000.00 for the improvement of water connections going to the garden. It supplies water not only to the garden but also made the water supply accessible to the residents of the barangay.
Avila is hopeful that with the success of Jose Dalman MAT, it could be replicated in other areas to address the financial and nutritional needs of the people. (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)