TACLOBAN CITY – The Borongan City government in Eastern Samar has tied up with a non-government organization to generate and consolidate local farming and fishing data for more effective planning.
The city government announced on Thursday that it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Action for Economic Reforms (AER), a non-stock, non-profit organization with existing ties with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to carry out the initiative.
The AER will generate and consolidate data, related to the socio-economic profile of rice farmers and fisherfolk, as well as data related to their production output and level of productivity for 30 months.
“Basically, the health status of our farmers as it affects, directly or otherwise to their productivity, will likewise be included in the base data,” Jojito Acla, the city’s executive assistant, said in a statement.
Dubbed “Coalescing Organizations towards Locally Led Actions to Boost Development (COLLABDev)”, the 30-month project will deal with data analytics after gathering and consolidation.
The COLLABDev is expected to provide the mayor, the vice mayor, and city councilors with research-based data and other relevant information that will guide them in decision-making, planning, and implementing programs and projects, especially for farmers and fishermen.
“This is data-driven approaches, and for one, I would rather, that government spending, per office even at the city council would be showcased, because this is the essence of good governance,” Borongan Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda added.
Apart from the agricultural sector, the partnership will also conduct researches and develop policy recommendations on and about other sectors, which are contributory to the development and progress of the city.
The project will formally kick off in January 2022, involving Eastern Samar State University and a civic society organization. (PNA)