DA RFO 8 draws media partners a closer look on PRDP updates

Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 Published Date

True to its motto, “Enabling communities, Expanding opportunities”, the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), a World Bank assisted project of the Department of Agriculture continues to create avenues that will help local farmers boost their productivity and income through accessible farm to market roads and agri-fishery livelihood enterprises.

This was explained by the Deputy Project Director of the Regional Project Coordination Office 8 (RPCO 8), Dr. Jenny Lyn R. Almeria,Ph.D,CESE during the second day of the media interaction held on September 17, 2018 at the Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City.

“The project has been running since year 2014. And just like in the past media interactions, I am happy to share what is going on with the PRDP in our region. We have some projects going on smoothly, one has been outstandingly recognized all over the Philippines having a positive 40% variance,” Dr. Almeria shared.

To date, there are 16 Farm to Market Road (FMR) Subprojects in the region, ranging from two kilometers to 19.4 kilometers as the longest. On the other hand, there are 55 Agri-Fishery Subprojects ongoing in different municipalities. Almeria gladly revealed that majority of the projects are now at 50% completion. Currently, the total project cost reaches to more or less 1billion for the FMRs and 100million for the livelihood agri-fishery enterprise.

She also stressed that each project is 80% funded by the World Bank, 10% comes from the government of the Philippines through DA, and 10% is being financed by the implementing province or municipality.

According to Dr. Almeria, the entry point for implementation on the second year of the project has changed from provincial level to municipal level. “If the municipality has the capability to provide the 10% of the total project cost equity and they are qualified for the project, then they will be provided with corresponding subproject so long as these are included in the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP),” she said.

She further emphasized that this PCIPs are prepared by the provincial government unit assisted only by PRDP, wherein starting 2017, only top 10 priority commodities were identified and considered for the qualification.

“There is no ceiling as to who or what municipality is prioritized for the start-up of the project. This is a first come first serve basis. The first one to complete the necessary requirements will be the first one to be implemented,” she explained.

Dr. Almeria enumerated some possible challenges which caused the delay in the implementation of the project. However, they stick to the standard rules and process.

PRDP continues to closely coordinate with communities and make sure these projects are properly implemented. They are also open for applications from the different local government units who wish to avail the assistance.  (JENNINA JUNE LEIRA L. BROSAS, Information Writer, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, RAFIS Chief)


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