3RD IFAD KLM Opens at SM Megamall

The 3rd IFAD knowledge and learning market (KLM) for the Philippines opened today at the Mega Trade Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas Complex, EDSA.

At the Megatrade Hall here, the excitement of the knowledge sharing of lessons learned from IFAD’s field supported projects dampened the threat of typhoon Ramil’s expected land fall in the Philippines this week. Ramil has no right to be here. He has not registered as a participant to the KLM-3. Filipinos battered by Ondoy and Pepeng in the past two weeks wanted Ramil to change course or get lost in the Pacific. The KLM-3 participants and organizer agree in favor of the successful staging and completion of this important event.

The KLM was planned by the IFAD Philippines Country Program in partnership with its field project implementers from the government and non-government sectors since last year. Before PAGASA warned of the threat of Ramil, some 80-100 participants from around the country and guests from India are expected to participate in the event.

Before the end of the opening program, this morning, 111 individuals have already registered as participants. It is hoped that all confirmed guests and participants will come and be part of this two-day event before it closes in the afternoon of October 21.

The KLM’s staging this year, opened with the theme: “Rural Poor Actions Amidst Crises.” It showcases an exhibition of project initiatives for the poor and a series of sessions and forums on micro-enterprise development; agriculture and climate change; good governance and rural development; environmental services, among others.
Today’s events also saw the launching of the IFAD/ENRAP Book of inspiring stories and the IFAD-Philippines website, and the start of a series of plenary sessions.

By: Badeen Verora, NMCIREMP & Robert Domoguen, CHARMP2