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DA signals full-scale operations of South Cot cassava enterprise

The Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) has signaled the start of full-scale operations of the cassava granules production and marketing subproject in South Cotabato with the release of the last tranche of the P39-million funding for the rootcrop enterprise. The Polomolok-based Polo Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PLO SN MPC) and the affiliate … read more »

DA project resolves calamansi spoilage in OrMin

A subproject of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) has resolved the perennial problem on the peak-season spoilage of calamansi in Oriental Mindoro, resulting in improved income for the province’s calamansi farmers. From July to November, when calamansi production is at its height, many farmers would normally opt to let their harvests … read more »

2017 National Women’s Month

March is National Women’s Month We Make Change Work for Women Through the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), 0.9 million rural women—48% of the 1.9 million direct beneficiaries—would directly benefit from the Project’s infrastructure and enterprise development interventions. Furthermore, it is projected that 10 million women—about half of the 21.8 million indirect beneficiaries—would benefit from … read more »

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 »