Inter-agency Dialogue with Northern Samar Farmers
NAPC Undersecretary Ma. Corazon Jimenez-Tan facilitated an inter-agency dialogue with representatives from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Education (DepEd), and the Northern Samar Small Farmers’ Association (NSSFA) as response to the letter sent by the NSSFA dated February 21 seeking for assistance on three key issues - landlessness, militarization of schools and lack of irrigation systems. DAR committed to spearhead dialogues with the agency’s regional and provincial offices to discuss the ‘land acquisition and distribution’ program of the government in the area, DepEd committed to help the NSSFA set up a meeting and dialogue with DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones, and NIA assured that the reports on irrigation fee collection from the NSSFA farmers will be reported to the central office.