The community of San Jose, Tarlac continues to receive overwhelming support from the four NCI-SRD lead agencies as the Tarlac Watershed and Convergence Area Development Plan (CADP), which was launched last October 16, 2019, nears its first anniversary.

The Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of the Interior and Local Government continues its collaboration in merging efforts to sustain and nurture the only convergence area in Central Luzon. Through the leadership of OIC-Regional Executive Director Crispulo G. Bautista Jr., the Department of Agriculture– Regional Field Office 3 (DA-RFO 3) distributed 407 bags of hybrid rice seeds, 20 bags of white corn seeds, 2 bags of yellow corn seeds, 50,000 cuttings of cassava planting materials, 50 kgs. of assorted vegetable seeds, and 1 unit of hand tractor with trailer to the farmers of San Jose. 

Department of Agrarian Reform – Region 3 (DAR-3), under the Convergence on Livelihood Assistance for ARBs Project or CLAAP, provided a Trading of Farm Inputs Livelihood Project to the Pao Kadamortisan Irrigators Association, Inc. in Brgy. Pao, San Jose. Capacity development training on organizational and business-related topics anchored in their livelihood enterprise project was also provided to them in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Region Region 3 (DSWD-3).

On the other hand, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 3 (DENR-3) links the livelihood products of the People’s Organization (PO) of Lubigan to the municipal agriculture office, opening a wider range of marketing opportunities for the community.

For its part, the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region 3 (DILG-3) has completed the laying and compacting of base course for the Local Access Road Rehabilitation and Improvement Project in Villa Aglipay with 35% physical accomplishment. Earlier this year, NCI-SRD adviser Dr. Oscar Parawan together with Mr. Teodore Robillos,  Financial and HR Development Adviser of UCPB and ACDI and Chairman of Team Focus Resource Development Consultants, Inc., visited the convergence area for possible investment opportunities. One of the proposed expansion projects includes the improvement of the Mt. Baag Eco-Tourism Park, Monasterio de Tarlac, and Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Park. With these outpour of resources, people of San Jose are looking forward to seeing a more sustainable and better community in the future.