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GEF’s hands-on preparation for grouper projects, a success in Roxas, Palawan

As a special project focusing on agri-fishery sector, the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) ensures its beneficiaries are well-capacitated in the management of its interventions particularly the enterprise subprojects and its day-to-day operations. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the PRDP has various sites nationwide where fisherfolk communities are provided with assistance which will not … read more »

Albay’s investment plan for dairy cattle to push economic growth, reduce child malnutrition

LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY – Amid the looming peril that the eruption of Mayon Volcano poses, it was business as usual for planners in Albay. Assisted by Philippine Rural Development Project-Bicol (PRDP-Bicol) Planning Specialist Mary Ann Cuya, the Provincial Project Management and Implementation Unit (PPMIU)-Albay local, and national level planning (I-PLAN) team updated its Provincial Commodity … read more »

Puerto Princesa FMR provides convenient transportation, helps students and farmers

“Marami pong salamat. Kung hindi po dahil sa kanila [Project implementers], mahihirapan po kaming maglakad pauwi at papunta ng eskwela (Thank you so much. If it not because of them [the Project implementers], it would be difficult for us to walk home and to go to school),” Krystelle Fabrigas, a Grade 10 student of Langogan … read more »

I-REAP portfolio of PRDP CALABARZON surges in 2017

With an increase in the number and cost of enterprise investments in CALABARZON, the enterprise development (I-REAP) component of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) ends the year of 2017 on a high note. “We are happy with our achievements for the Project, and we remain committed to add more investments in the region. To … read more »

Midterm benefits of PRDP’s Safeguards compliance now felt in rural communities

Resistance on the ground and within the Project makes Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES) a tough job. According to World Bank Social Development Specialist Marivi Ladia, it takes character to implement compliance within the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). However, she noted that because of the SES unit’s commitment, Project beneficiaries now enjoy the benefits … read more »

FAO consultant recognizes strong commitment of Matnog fisherfolk in implementing GEF subproject

Jim Hancock, Natural Resources Management Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), expressed that he admires the passion and strong commitment shown by the fisherfolk of Matnog, Sorsogon. “Your message today, to make this [project] successful, people need to be committed and determined, be concerned, etcetera. That’s what you’re saying to yourselves, which is … read more »

PRDP Bicol to fast track completion of FMR and bridge in Oas, Albay

Genedina Betito, 66, of Brgy. Tobgon in Oas, Albay used to cross a flooded spillway to reach the town proper. From her house, she rides a motorcycle called “habal-habal,” stops at muddy road sections and walks if necessary to safely reach her destination. According to Betito, parents, students, and teachers struggle with the heavily damaged … read more »

PRDP CALABARZON approves potable water system, 2 new enterprise subprojects

The CALABARZON Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) approved P77.75 million-worth of new infrastructures and enterprises in Laguna and Quezon on December 8. “With these new subprojects, we will be able to uplift the lives of residents in the countryside. Let us work hard to make this possible,” Department … read more »

Residents of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro share emerging benefits of PRDP FMR

“Dati po dumaraan ako dito, rough road pa nga ito. Siguro kung papuntang bayan at dito dadaan sa lugar na ito, aabutin siguro mga dalawang oras. Pero ngayon po na concrete na ang kalsada, bale mga isang oras na lang ang byahe (I used to pass here when it is still a rough road. Through … read more »

Women’s group leads in protecting marine resources in Matnog, Sorsogon

“Looks like a very active group of women on the front line,” Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Natural Resources Management Officer Jim Hancock commented about the members of the Samahan ng Kababaihang Bantay Sanktuaryo ng Calintaan, Matnog (SKBCM). Hancock noted that the women were active participants during the PRDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) community dialogue … read more »