Two awards given to Region IX DA-DAR-DENR-DILG Regional Convergence Initiative (RCI 9) during the recently National Convergence Summit (NCI) held in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
The Recognition for Successful Implementation of national Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) was given to the municipality of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte. Formerly the “poorest municipality” across the nation according to the National Statistics Coordination Board in 2003. Siayan since has dropped its poverty rate and has developed a growing economy and competing in agriculture with their famous product of rice and cassava wine, Pangase. The recognition was received by Siayan Mayor Flora Villarosa, where she also shared Siayan’s experience and success through convergence works.