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PURISIMA LLABORE of Brgy. Basak in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley is one of the resident-farmers looking forward to the completion of the concreting of the Pangutosan, Nabunturan-New Alegria, Compostela farm-to-market road (FMR) that will provide easier transport of her rice produce to the town center. (Photo by Gian Enrique)

New road connects communities in Comval

Compostela, Compostela Valley – Born in a village in this town in the 70s, farmer Peter Jumigop said that they would traverse knee-length muddy paths, making it impossible for them to transport their products to the market in a day. “Before what constitute as a road is the pathway paved by carabaos which carry our … read more »

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DWDA starts regular broadcast operations

The educational radio station of the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office No. 02 (DA-RFO 02), DWDA 105.3 MHZ FM Radyo Pangkaunlaran, had recently started its regular broadcast operations. Being the first radio station owned and managed by a regional office of DA, DWDA operates from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Saturday. … read more »

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Aggie Chief awards P600 million I-BUILD subprojects to Cagayan

Barely more than a month after he took office, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel – Manny Piñol wasted no time to continue building on the progress of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) when he personally awarded P600 million worth of three road projects to the province of Cagayan on August 12 at the … read more »

The Rehabilitation/Improvement of Magassi-Union-Camasi FMR in Cabagan (left) and the Rehabilitation/Construction of Olango-Siempre Viva-Trinidad-Manano Farm to Market Road in Mallig (right) are North Luzon’s first two completed FMRs, both situated in the province of Isabela.

Newly-constructed access roads ease difficulty of traveling in rural Isabela

“If vehicles could only talk, they would surely complain,” recalled Mariano Dayag Jr. as he described the previous condition of the road that connects Barangay Siempre Viva to the market. For years, the roads connecting Barangays Siempre Viva, Manano, Olango and Trinidad to the urban areas were mostly passed by kuligligs, motorcycles or by foot. … read more »

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100-M worth of PRDP road projects in Isabela completed

The Philippine Rural Development Project – Regional Project Coordination Office 02 (PRDP-RPCO 02) and the Provincial Project Management Implementing Unit (PPMIU) Isabela has recently completed the first two farm-to-market roads (FMR) for Luzon A Cluster. These two sub-projects are the Olango-Siempre Viva-Trinidad- Manano FMR for Mallig, Isabela with a span of 9.17 kilometers and Magassi-Union-Camasi … read more »

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PRDP-funded FMR in Nueva Ecija to ease delivery and marketing of farm produce

In San Jose City, Nueva Ecija where the main source of income is farming, at least 45,000 metric tons of palay and 35 metric tons of onion are produced every season. The city also cultivates a variety of vegetables and fruits such as Ampalaya, Tomato, String Beans, Squash, Pepper, Mango and Papaya. Agriculture occupies the … read more »

Isabela Farmlands Road. The newly concreted Magassi–Union–Camasi farm-to-market road (FMR) snakes across the crumpled terrain of pasturelands and plantations between Cabagan and Tumaini towns in Isabela. The 4.3-kilometer road worth P40.20-million is among the 18 completed FMR subprojects in the country. The PRDP seeks additional financing from the World Bank to fund more infrastructure development proposals that do not only include FMRs but also communal irrigation and potable water systems, among others.

NEDA Board okays PRDP’s expansion

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, has approved this week the proposed expansion of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP). This milestone comes after the endorsement from the NEDA’s Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee last September for the proposed $450-million (P20.9-billion) expansion of the World Bank-assisted … read more »

Mission Kick-off. The 3rd World Bank Implementation Support Mission to the DA-PRDP commenced earlier today with the ribbon-cutting of the mission exhibit at the DA’s central office in Quezon City. Gracing the ceremony was Frauke Jungbluth, World Bank lead agriculture economist and task team leader for the mission (second from right); Douglas Forno, World Bank institutions specialist; PRDP National Director and DA Undersecretary for Operations Ariel Cayanan (right) and PRDP National Deputy Project Director Arnel de Mesa (left). (Photo by Kathrino V. Resurreccion, DA-PRDP NPCO InfoACE Unit)

World Bank conducts 3rd support mission for PH’s rural development project

The World Bank starts today its implementation support mission to the Department of Agriculture-led Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) with a kick-off meeting at the DA’s central office in Quezon City. A team of experts from the World Bank headed by Frauke Jungbluth, the lead agriculture economist and task team leader of the mission, will … read more »

Beans for Livelihood. Women farmer-members of the Dupligan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (DUFAMCO) in Tabuk City, Kalinga remove dirt and low-quality coffee beans from a batch ready for roasting. DUFAMCO is the lead proponent group for the Kalinga Integrated Coffee Processing and Marketing Enterprise, a P14.8 million-worth subproject assisted by the Department of Agriculture's Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP). In partnership with Kalinga's local government units, the DA-PRDP's subproject is expected to provide more livelihood opportunities for the locals, especially women.

PRDP subproject advances coffee farmers’ livelihood and production method

Kalinga coffee farmers are now more impelled in their production as they await the release of funding assistance from the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP). The fund amounting to P14.8 million is intended for the Kalinga Integrated Coffee Processing and Marketing Enterprise project. The funding assistance from DA is expected to ultimately … read more »

GROUNDBREAKING FOR N. SAMAR’S FIRST PRDP-FUNDED FMR PROJECT. Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 8 Executive Director Wilson A. Cerbito (center) lays the ‘time capsule’ during the Ceremonial Groundbreaking of the Philippine Rural  Development Project subproject entitled Rehabilitation/Improvement of Bantayan – Malobago – Pagsang-an farm-to-market Road project in San Roque, Northern Samar  held on October 15, 2016. Looking on (standing from left to right) is Mayor Don L. Avalon of San Roque, Northern Samar; Governor Jose L. Ong, Jr., and Ester Cardenas, the province’s Agricultural Program Coordinating Officer of the DA RFO 8, and Dr. Jenny Lyn R. Almeria, RPCO 8’s Deputy Project Director. (Photo by Rodel G. Macapanas, Head, InfoACE Unit, RPCO 8)

Groundbreaking held for 1st PRDP-funded FMR in N. Samar

San Roque, Northern Samar– Residents from different barangays and local government officials gathered here recently for the much–awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the Rehabilitation/Improvement of Bantayan–Malobago–Pagsang-an farm–to-market road (FMR) subproject of the Philippine Rural Development Project. For Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 8 Executive Director Wilson A. Cerbito, the FMR is one way of addressing … read more »