The Regional Convergence Initiative Technical Working Group (RCI TWG) for Sustainable Rural Development in Bicol has forwarded its newest proposal to create a Convergence Area Development Plan (CADP) for Talisay River in Talisay, Camarines Norte.

In its 1st Quarter Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on January 17, 2020, at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-5 in Rawis, Legazpi City, RCI TWG discussed its plans on the implementation of Joint Special Order on the Reconstituted RCI TWG, the Regional Congress and Capacity Building and Planning Workshop with MPMRD Graduates and the evaluation of Talisay River in Camarines Norte.

RCI TWG taps its pool of scholars who graduated with a degree in Master in Public Management, Major in Rural Development (MPMRD) as human resources in ensuring that the Talisay River CADP will be of great intervention.

According to the Department of Agriculture-5 Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations and RCI TWG 5 Focal Person Dr. Edgar R. Madrid, the MPMRD scholars and graduates play a significant role in strengthening extension systems through community immersion, the introduction of technologies, and sustainable agricultural and economic activities.

“The scholars themselves will be validating the areas along Talisay River together with the members of the TWG of DENR-5. The result of the validation will be the basis for the crafting of the Talisay River CADP,” Dr. Madrid added.

The RCI TWG is also set to implement Joint Special Order on the Reconstituted RCI TWG series of 2020 that ensures effective and efficient complementation of resources, programs, projects, and activities among the rural development agencies and national agencies and will include MPMRD scholars.