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From wastes to wallets – living off the tree of life

Being the largest producer of coconut in Central Luzon, covering around 173,017.00 MT (PSA, 2013), farmers in the province of Aurora are continuously seeking for ways on how to develop and make the most out of the “tree of life.” Around 150 million coconuts are being produced every year in Aurora, and about 90 million … read more »

Ampalaya enterprise in Bulacan boosted through improvement of FMR

Increasing productivity and profitability is the vision of the province of Bulacan to the vegetable industry in rural barangays. With the involvement of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), this goal will soon be realized. An enterprise subproject dubbed as Triple B Charantin, will increase the income opportunity of ampalaya growers through … read more »

World Bank conducts 4th support mission for PH’s rural development project

The World Bank starts today, May 8, 2017, its implementation support mission to the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) with a kick-off meeting at the DA 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 … read more »

PRDP introduces new web-based system, monitors mainstreaming of commodity investment plans

Aside from the infrastructures built and enterprises established, another legacy that the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) aims to create is the mainstreaming of its tools and processes. For the national and local level planning (I-PLAN) component, its contribution to make the Department of Agriculture’s (DA’s) bureaucracy more efficient is the science-based revised Agricultural and … read more »

2 FMRs in Quirino near completion stage

Two (2) road networks is nearing completion in the Municipalities of Cabarroguis and Aglipay, Quirino, designed to connect more than 900 households and shall service at least 1,400 hectares of crops with 98% and 95% accomplishment respectively. “These farm-to-market roads, the PRJ-Dibibi-Dingasan FMR in Cabarroguis and the National Road Junction- Ligaya-Villa Pagaduan FMR in Aglipay … read more »

PRDP helps shape the future of Catanduanes abaca

Finding a better job will no longer be a reason for residents to leave when opportunities are already present in their hometown. According to Khurt Tuscano, a 25-year old abaca farmer from Bato, Catanduanes, he left his job in Metro Manila and returned to the province, because he realized that he can earn more by … read more »

PRDP reg’l board OKs rehab of Guiuan Coast marine protected areas

Typhoon-damaged fish sanctuaries in Eastern Samar may soon be fully restored as the regional advisory board of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) in Eastern Visayas approved the proposals to rehabilitate some identified marine protected areas (MPAs) on the province’s Guiuan Coast. “We need to fully maximize this opportunity to promote sustainable … read more »

Seaweeds to change lives of locals in Biga

“Sa pagtanom ning seaweeds inaasahan kong  matatawanan ko ning magayon na harong an pamilya ko asin mapatapos sa pagklase an mga aki ko.” (By planting seaweeds, I hope to give my family a comfortable home and to let my children finish their studies.) This was the inspiring answer of Comprencio Olitan, Chairperson of Biga Farmers … read more »

Better road frees farmers from transport woes, relief to schoolchildren

Salay, Misamis Oriental – Teofilo Ubatay Jr., 53, grew up in barangay Membuli in the slope portion of this town burdened by a rugged road that has made it impossible for farmers like him to earn sufficiently. “The road’s poor condition has been the problem of our village ever since. Even small trucks cannot reach … read more »

PRDP inaugurates two solar dryers in Ilocos Norte

Two solar dryers funded under the Philippine Rural Development Project were inaugurated in Vintar, Ilocos Norte last March 30, 2017. The inauguration ceremony was headed by RPCO 1 Deputy Project Director Erlinda F. Manipon and Vintar Municipal Mayor Larisa Foronda. The two solar dryers are located in Barangays Mabanbanag and Salsalumagui, Vintar, Ilocos Norte and … read more »