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C. Luzon sees huge boost in rural agri-fishery through PRDP

With the aim for a robust, market-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fishery sector, the Central Luzon, through the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project – Regional Project Coordination Office 3 (PRDP-RPCO3), continues to shift to a more progressive road as reflected in the highlights and accomplishments of the region for the year 2016. The … read more »

Oath Taking

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” F. Piñol (left) swears in Engr. Arnel V. de Mesa (right) as Regional Executive Director of the Department’s CALABARZON Regional Field Office following his appointment from President Rodrigo Duterte as Director IV of the agency. De Mesa concurrently serves as the National Deputy Project Director of the DA’s … read more »

DA-PRDP explores specialty coffee processing in Kalinga

Specialty coffee may soon be produced by Kalinga farmers as the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) explores with the Hong Kong-based Hummingfish Foundation an engagement to assist the Kalinga Coffee Cluster (KCC) in this line of coffee processing and marketing. The foundation’s founder and CEO, Daniel Groshong, recently visited the province with … read more »

Seaweeds farming to help ‘eradicate illegal fishing’ in Roxas, Palawan

Corazon Serna is a 31-year old fish vendor and one of the beneficiaries of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) enterprise in Barangay VI also known as Johnson Island in Roxas, Palawan. Serna is one of the 50 members of the Johnson Island Fisherfolk Association (JIFA), the proponent group of the “Seaweeds Nursery, Production, and … read more »

PRDP subprojects for marine conservation in Bicol approved by reg’l advisory board

A total of P19.5 million-worth of marine protected area (MPA) subproject proposals were approved by the Regional Project Advisory Board of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in Bicol on January 18 in Legazpi City. These sub-projects, to be funded by a P287 million-worth grant from the PRDP-Global Environment Facility (GEF), one … read more »

Better road lessens hardship in MisOcc town

Tudela, Misamis Occidental — Farmers in barangay Casilak San Agustin here used to endure the slippery portions of the road going to the town proper about 10 kilometers away. “The road was very slippery that we need to disembark from the motorcycle to avoid accident,” said the 68-year old resident Letecia Lagunay. But recently a … read more »

PRDP encompasses goals we want to achieve – NegOcc guv

The chief executive of Negros Occidental province lauded the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP). Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. said the DA-PRDP has opened opportunities for Negrosanons, particularly the farmers and fisherfolk. “The [DA] PRDP has provided links between producers to the market because of the access to better and improved roads,” … read more »

On top of DA-PRDP, World Bank eyes new agri programs for Mindanao

While the implementation of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) is still in full swing, the World Bank is already considering additional projects for Mindanao, consistent with the government’s inclusive agriculture paradigm. In a recent meeting with top DA officials, the World Bank expressed its interest for the conceptualization and roll-out of … read more »

From ‘karosa’ to four-wheel trucks

Brgy. Poblacion, Norala, South Cotabato- For years, the farming community here delivered their sacks of rice into the market through their karosa.  Karosa is a local term for farm cart usually pulled by a carabao. “It was our only means in bringing our produce from this area up to the pick-up point,” said Cesar Suoberon, who … read more »

Farmer describes PRDP FMR ‘malaking alwan’

“Malaking alwan” or a big relief is how Venancio Valencia, a farmer and resident of Brgy. San Gabriel, Victoria in Oriental Mindoro described the first completed infrastructure development (I-BUILD) subproject of the PRDP South Luzon Cluster. According to Valencia, the “Concreting of Bagong Silang–Macatoc Farm-to-Market Road (FMR)” subproject made transportation easier for the residents of … read more »