Philippines' Tungpalan, IFAD's Jatta Welcome KLM3 Participants

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Deputy Director-General Rolando Tungpalan gave the welcome remarks on the occasion of the opening of the 3rd IFAD-Philippines Knowledge and Learning Market (KLM 3).

In his remarks, Tungpalan congratulated IFAD in spearheading the event as a venue where development partners can exchange ideas, share experiences and good practices and inspire each other in enabling the rural poor to improve their incomes and food security, and provide better food, education and health care for their families.

He also acknowledged the stakeholders who ventured into programs, projects and activities aimed at improving the living conditions of the rural poor in a sustainable way.

With the global crisis, Tungpalan said that the KLM3 is a timely response taking off from such experiences as how farmers, indigenous people and women supported by IFAD projects in the Philippines withstood the global food and financial crisis. He then urged the active participation of the stakeholders in the plenary and interactive sessions of the two-day event in order to gain new insights, ideas and learnings.

Meanwhile for the IFAD side, Country Programme Manager Sana F.K. Jatta gave the welcome remarks.

“I am glad that so many of you can join this 3rd staging of IFAD and ENRAP’s Knowledge and Learning Market. The IFAD delegation is indeed very glad to be here as we celebrate another round of fruitful knowledge-sharing,” said Jatta.

He said that the KLM has been a trailblazing endeavor within IFAD so much so that other countries wish to replicate this model.

On the recent calamities that hit Manila and Northern Luzon, Jatta said that IFAD will provide sustainable support particularly for those project areas which were hard-hit by the typhoons.

# Vilma Sarmiento & Mary Ann Virtudes, KLM 3 Social Reporters