PEOPLE now see a government that is committed to spread the benefits of development right down to the impoverished rural areas.
In fact, the citizens expect the authorities, through concerned government offices and agencies, to give priority to countryside investments.
This is to encourage rural dwellers, mostly poor, to stay in their communities and avoid congesting the already overcrowded metropolis.
It is public knowledge that majority of the poor, who are farmers, fishermen and ordinary laborers, live in the countryside.
Under the National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCISRD), the government will pour investments for the economic empowerment of the rural poor.
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said the program is in collaboration with the Departments of Agrarian Reform, Environment and Natural Resources and Interior and Local Government.
A former newspaperman, Piñol said the NCISRD aims to provide integrated delivery of services and programs to rural farming, fishing and upland communities.
It is disturbing that rural people continue to abandon the countryside, preferring to look for high-paying jobs in foreign lands and urban areas throughout the country.
This, despite government efforts to increase agricultural productivity, create employment opportunities and address the lack of industrial activities in the countryside.
Thus, the government deserves the all-out support of the people as it tries to uplift the lives of the rural dwellers.