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Abaca Start-up Enterprise. Laborers of the Catanduanes-based Pinoy Lingap-Damayan Multipurpose Cooperative (PLDC) unload dried abaca fiber for baling at the PLDC's facility in the capital Virac. With a P25.4 million-worth of start-up enterprise development assistance package, the cooperative is one of the abaca industry players around the country assisted by the Department of Agriculture's Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP). According to DA Secretary Manny Piñol, there is great demand for abaca in the world market while there are only two other countries producing it besides the Philippines—Ecuador and Costa Rica. (Photo by Kathrino V. Resurreccion, DA-PRDP NPCO InfoACE Unit)

Farmers’ co-op raises commercial value of Catanduanes abaca

A proponent group of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) in Catanduanes has successfully raised the commercial value of abaca provincewide, during the dry-run stage of its approved subproject. The Catanduanes-based Pinoy Lingap-Damayan Multipurpose Cooperative (PLDC), which was recently awarded a P25.4-million worth of enterprise development assistance package from the PRDP, has … read more »

One of the Deputized Fish Wardens (Bantay Dagat) conducting surveillance in the Marine Protected Area. (Photo by: Michelle Angela G. Alfigura, DA-PRDP RPCO V InfoACE Unit)

LGU and fisherfolk associations in San Fernando, Masbate cooperate to maintain their MPA

Before the sun rises up, you can hear the grating sounds of the rake and soft chatting of the residents of Brgy. Resureccion while cleaning the shoreline of San Fernando. They gather the trashes and wastes carried away by the water current and segregate these properly in a compost pit. Sharp stones are collected and … read more »


The Philippine Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture joins the world in celebrating the World Food Day

The Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) supports the government’s efforts in ensuring food security amidst the challenge of changing climate through the establishment of value chain-oriented production and marketing facilities, complemented by strategically located climate-resilient post-harvest and logistics infrastructures.

The Muslim community now enjoys the multiple benefits of the  concreting of the 2.55 kilometer Brgy. Making-Kalutan Farm-to-Market road.

Road eases plight of fisherfolk in Maguindanao town

Parang, Maguindanao — For her to sell the fish-catch of her husband in the public market, Aida Gampong has to walk close to a kilometer of uphill and narrow dirt road before reaching the highway where public transport ply the route to the town’s market. “Over an hour of long walk was a burden and … read more »

Weaving abaca fiber has been part of the T'boli communities life. Under the PRDP funded enterprise, they continue to practice weaving as value-adding activities.

IPs scale up abaca enterprise in Sarangani Province

Kiamba, Sarangani Province — From their modest beginnings, the indigenous peoples here are set to venture into P35.7 million abaca enterprises. From merely selling 8 kilos of abaca hanks as initial product hand-carried by PhilFIDA technician to a buyer in Davao City, to the P250,000 assistance from the Department of Agriculture- Mindanao Rural Development Program … read more »

On Sustainability and Increase in Farmer Beneficiaries Income. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Dir. Florante Leal inquired on the sustainability plan and increase in farmer beneficiaries income of each of the proposal and business plan of the Proponent Groups who presented during the 11th RPAB Meeting.

50 DAR-initiated micro enterprises and 5 regular PRDP enterprises get RPAB approval in Ilocos Region

The Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) in Region 1 approved 50 Micro Enterprises (formerly Small Livelihood Projects) and five regular enterprise development subprojects under the Investments on Rural Enterprises for Agri-Fishery Productivity (IREAP) Component of the Philippine Rural Development Project, during its 11th meeting last September 22, 2016 at the La Union Country Resort and … read more »

Municipal LCEs and representatives from the provinces ofIfugao, Abra and Benguetpresent their proposals of stand-alone subprojects for the approval of the RPAB-CAR on August 26, 2016.

10 more stand-alone infra subprojects approved in CAR

Baguio City – With a total estimated project cost amounting to P67,687,059, the Regional Project Advisory Board – Cordillera Administrative Region (RPAB-CAR) has unanimously approved 10 more stand-alone I-BUILD (Infrastructure Development) subprojects for inclusion and approval for implementation under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). In addition to the 18 stand-alone sub-projects previously endorsed by … read more »

Here's the caption: Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay – Municipal government representatives inspect the ongoing civil works at the Baganipay-Laparay-Dungkaan farm-to-market road (FMR), the rehabilitation and upgrading of which is implemented under the Department of Agriculture's Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP). The agency is proposing for the expansion of the Project to cover more requests from local government units for the construction of rural infrastructures, including FMRs, hence further supporting the country's agricultural commodity value chain. (Photo by Kathrino V. Resurreccion, DA-PRDP NPCO InfoACE Unit)

Expansion of DA’s rural dev’t project makes headway towards approval

The proposed expansion of the World Bank-assisted Philippine Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture (DA-PRDP), has inched towards its approval with the endorsement from the Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CC) of the National Economic and Development Authority this week.   The $450-million (P20.9-billion) proposed expansion of the DA’s flagship platform for modern, inclusive, … read more »

Sibugay Fisherfolk. Mahadani Daih, 32, prepares traps for catching lambay or blue swimming crab in Sitio Tantawan Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay. Daih is one of the fisherfolk beneficiaries of the ongoing rehabilitation and concreting of the two-kilometer Gulayon–Sitio Tantawan farm-to-market road (FMR) that has enabled farmers and fisherfolk to directly sell their produce to traders who can now reach their village. The P19 million-worth FMR improvement is implemented under the Philippine Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture (DA-PRDP). ### (Photo by Kathrino V. Resurreccion, DA-PRDP NPCO InfoACE Unit)

DA roads pave the way for peace, dev’t in Sibugay town

Two farm-to-market road (FMR) subprojects under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) in Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay are helping the town maintain peace and order, alongside providing opportunities for farmers and fisherfolk to improve their livelihood and increase incomes.   According Municipal Mayor Yashier Musa, the 2.64-kilometer Dawa-Dawa–Tubig Sina FMR in Barangay La … read more »


Zero Hauling Cost

A Muslim resident walks along a recently concreted portion of the 2.6-kilometer Dawa-Dawa-Sitio Tubig Sina farm-to-market road (FMR) in Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay, a subproject implemented under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP). Now 53 percent completed, the P23.5 million-worth FMR has already enticed traders to haul dried seaweeds from the village, hence … read more »