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Catanduanes crablet industry to grow bigger and better with PRDP

The Province of Catanduanes is widely known as the top producer of abaca fiber in the Philippines. Soon, it will also be famous as the country’s “crab capital.” Based on the Mangrove Crab Value Chain Analysis (VCA), the province is not listed among the leading crab-producing provinces in the country. However, the report states that … read more »

Albay co-op establishes name in coco geonets industry with PRDP-funded enterprise

“Sa ngayon po, medyo nakikilala na rin po kami dito [ng komunidad] bilang isang samahan sa kooperatiba. Dati-rati po halos hindi kami nakikita (At present, we are somehow being recognized here [by the community] as a group, a cooperative. Before, we were hardly identified),” Josias Pedrocillo, Chairman of the Tunay Tapat Lahing Pilipino Cooperative (TTLPC) … read more »

Laborers survive ‘tiempos muertos’ through income from raising swine

The lean months—a long period before the harvest season—are considered “tiempos muertos” among hacienda laborers of Negros Occidental. Without a steady income during the off-milling season, hacienda laborers resort to availing themselves of loans to survive. In Hacienda Caridad I, Barangay Luna, Cadiz City, the laborers’ wives ventured into swine fattening to augment their families’ … read more »

Substantially completed FMR addresses farming issues in rural Bulacan

Over 7,000 vegetable farmers and locals are now reaping benefits from the construction of a Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP)-funded farm-to-market road in San Ildefonso, Bulacan. With a total project cost of P107.2 million, the FMR traverses four barangays – Bubulong Malake, Bulusukan, Bubulong Munti, and Bohol  na Mangga – and is now reported to … read more »

Visayas cluster’s largest enterprise kicks off soon

Members of the La Castellana I Personnel Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LC I PMPC) heaved a sigh of relief after the World Bank gave the go signal for their P37.6-million-worth Negros Swine Integrated Enterprise subproject. “The issuance of the No Objection Letter 1 (NOL 1) gave us a sense of assurance and relief that the [sub]project will … read more »

Marcos, Ilocos Norte awards 1st SLP under PRDP

The Municipality of Marcos, Ilocos Norte awarded a Farm Mechanization Service Facility to the members of the Agunit Multi-Purpose Cooperative in a ceremony held at the Marcos Municipal Hall Grounds Marcos, Ilocos Norte on November 24, 2017. The enterprise subproject is the first of its kind to be received by the proponent farmer organization and … read more »

PRDP tractors to reduce hauling and land prep cost for Pangasinan farmers

Three more farmer organizations received Farm Mechanization Service Facility under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) – Small Livelihood Project (SLP) in an awarding ceremony held at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan on November 15, 2017. The Imbalbalatong Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Progressive Cooperative of Oraan East MPC were awarded a four-wheel … read more »

TERESITA PACATE of Barangay Dukay is one of the residents enjoying the potable water supply (PWS) system in their purok. An extension of an existing PWS system from MRDP, the project aims to bring safe and accessible water supply to more households in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. Photo by Gian Enrique

Villagers now enjoy accessible, safe water from DA project

Residents in the remote village of Lampitak in Tampakan, South Cotabato and in Dukay in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat are now enjoying accessible and safe water after the completion of the potable water supply (PWS) projects in their villages. The Lampitak PWS system, which is now one year operational, is servicing around 600 households who used … read more »

DA to rank infra projects for funding under the expanded PRDP

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will be using a prioritization scheme for pipelined infrastructure development proposals under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) to maximize the socio-economic impacts of the anticipated $170-million or P7.90-billion (at P46.5: $1) additional financing from the World Bank. The $170-million loan, targeted to be utilized in 2018, would be first … read more »

Protecting today’s marine resources, ensuring the next generation’s wealth

Every action brings a corresponding change that is either positive or negative. Medardo Capuno, President of the Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Caramay Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MMCMPC) in Roxas, Palawan attributed the decreasing volume of fish catch to the increasing population and high incidence of illegal fishing in Brgy. Caramay. According to him, many of his fellow … read more »