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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 »

San Antonio, Quezon breaks ground for new PRDP farm-to-market road

The long wait is finally over for the residents of seven barangays in San Antonio, Quezon as the groundbreaking and contract signing for the construction of San Jose to Del Valle farm-to-market road (FMR) was held on March 21. A 9.63-kilometer road, this is one of the first subproject proposals submitted to the Philippine Rural Development … read more »

Arabica Coffee FMR

Benguet Governor Crescencio Pacalso (left, in sunglasses) leads the groundbreaking ceremonies for the improvement of the Along Jose–Mencio farm-to-market road (FMR) in Atok Benguet. The 11.5-kilometer FMR aims to reduce average travel time in the barangays of Caliking, Topdac, Poblacion, Abiang, Naguey and Pasdong, which boast of sprawling Arabica coffee—the province’s top priority commodity—as well as upland vegetable production … read more »

Pinakbet Capital Road

Earthworks have recently started for the rehabilitation and concreting of the 8.15-kilometer San Placido–Muñoz West–Sinamar farm-to-market road (FMR) in Roxas, Isabela, dubbed as the Philippines’ Pinakbet Capital. The P84.22 million-worth FMR subproject implemented under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) will benefit at least 2,000 households engaged in dairy, rice and vegetable … read more »

Bayanihan by the sea

Members of the proponent group Manlambus Fisherfolk Development Cooperative for the fish corral rehabilitation and fish trading support based in Escalante City, Negros Occidental under the enterprise development component, begin constructing the fish corral in the deeper portion of the municipal waters. Eight fathoms deep (one fathom is equivalent to six feet), the corral’s catching … read more »

New DA roads in SK town ease farmers of hauling costs

Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat – For 53-year old Ronnie Sudio, a pockmarked road that has made transport of rice produce to markets difficult for farmers like him has been the norm. Sudio, who is now a barangay councilor, said that he used to be chided by some of the residents with the road’s previous deplorable conditions. … read more »