Cooperative Development Authority, March 7, 2023 at 8:30 A.M via Zoom Meeting Platform was the webinar on Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) & Sustainable Livelihood Program with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to the micro, small and medium cooperatives. The activity webinar was anchored through the Cooperative Project and Development Assistance Section (CPDAS) in celebration of the CDA 33rd Anniversary.
The Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) is a convergence strategy of the National Government under the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Zero Hunger which started in the year 2016 to help mitigate hunger, ensure food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in urban and rural communities in support to the Zero Hunger target of the government by 2030. Mr. Noel P. Villones, EPAHP Regional Program Coordinator discussed the different strategic measures with the partner agencies and the institutional framework convergence and synergy. EPAHP offers marketing, technical and financial linkages to the different organizations like the cooperatives, associations, ARBOs, CBOs, and others. With this program cooperatives are given more opportunities to be able to market and sell their produced goods.
One of the Specialized Program of the DSWD is the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) an enhanced program of the SEA – K which was formally adopted in 2011. The program is a capacity -building intervention for poor, vulnerable, and marginalized households and communities to help improve their socio – economic conditions through accessing and acquiring necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods. The program offers Micro – Enterprise Development (MD) Track, which provides micro enterprises through capital, enhancement of skills and building /re-building and developing physical assets. Employment Facilitation (EF) Track is provided to the eligible households who prefer employment. SLP enables the growth of capabilities by providing access to resources and partners that improve the productivity of their livelihood assets. The program was presented by Ms. Maria Christina L. Manicani, Government Sector Partnership Officer, SLP.
As we celebrate the National Women’s Month this March, CDA Acting Regional Director Ms. Venus M. Jornales greeted the empowered women in the webinar as well as the strong men and women of the cooperatives. She shared to the group one of the big event of CDA Region VIII is the hosting of the upcoming 2nd National Summit of the Consumers, Marketing, Producers and Logistics (CMPL) Cluster which will be held in Tacloban City come September 7, 2023 and so she enjoined all cooperatives under this cluster to support and be part of the success of the activity. Cooperatives are partners in the development and have a bigger role in alleviating hunger by participating in the program and the sustainable livelihood program on the services of the cooperative in the development aspect and our social responsibility to the members of the cooperative and the community. Through the cooperatives, we will be able to address and contribute to the development of the community and the nation. In closing, Sr. CDS Rowan L. Delos Santos extended heartwarming thanks to the speakers, the partners from DSWD for the time given in sharing the relevant programs of the agency to the cooperatives and to the cooperators for continuously participating in the activities of the Authority.