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DA-PRDP’s enterprise dev’t process empowers sweet potato cooperative in Albay

Organized on July 15, 2015, Camote Creations Farmers and Entrepreneurs Producers Cooperative was not adept in business planning at first. “Before hindi kami masyadong detailed magplano (We’re not used to detailed planning before),” said Cooperative Chairman Nolan G. Belaro. Now, Belaro is more confident in decision-making through the trainings on business planning organized by the … read more »

PRDP-Bicol strengthens procurement capacity for an economic, efficient, transparent procurement process

Is it fair? Is it economic? Is it efficient? Is it transparent? Is it accountable? These are questions that the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) procurement team asks when evaluating bids for its subprojects. “Tayo sa PRDP, thorough tayo mag-review. Sa atin ang tagal, ang higpit, because we make sure na complete ang process. This … read more »

Tayabas City: “Aguyod” for Change

Three subprojects of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in Tayabas City, Quezon aims to uplift the lives of those in the countryside. One word can encompass this goal—Aguyod. “Aguyod,” which means walking towards one direction in Tayabas Tagalog, captures how successive city administrations partnered with PRDP to pursue development in rural areas. It also … read more »

PRDP-GEF in Bicol to partner with conservation group

For some time now, the Philippine coral reefs have been deteriorating due to poor land-use practices, rapid coastal development, overfishing and other destructive techniques such as dynamite and cyanide fishing. To resolve this marine biodiversity issue, government agencies have partnered and established marine protected areas (MPAs) that would help regain the growth of the corals … read more »

DA-PRDP safeguards project beneficiaries, promotes technology transfer through geotagging

John Isuela, Integrated Pineapple Processing Project Coordinator of Labo Progressive Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LPMPC), got acquainted with the Philippine Rural Development Project’s (PRDP) Applied Geotagging Tool (AGT) during the training on the use of AGT and Expanded Vulnerability and Suitability Assessment (E-VSA) held in Albay on October 17–21, 2016. Three months later, Isuela shared that he … read more »

DA-PRDP addresses looming abaca supply shortage by supporting abaca rehabilitation in Catanduanes

Jona Camacho, 42, treaded the muddy trail leading to her makeshift house where her three children happily greeted her, kissed her hands then scrambled over the green mangoes which she bought for snacks. Camacho knew it will not suffice, but for now, that is all she can afford from what was left in her wallet … read more »

Marine protected areas in Palawan to receive P26M-worth of GEF funding

Seven marine protected areas (MPAs) along Green Island Bay in Roxas, Palawan will be given P26 million-worth of funding through the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) has approved P20.9 million budget for GEF, through the Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB), with an additional P5.2 million equity from the … read more »

PRDP Bicol I-PLAN to start convergence with DA partner agencies

To harmonize the plans and programs of the local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) including its partner agencies, the PRDP Bicol local and national level planning (I-PLAN) component conducted the Planning Workshop for the Provincial Commodity Investment Plans (PCIPs). The said activity aims to solicit the commitment of other agencies in … read more »

Bicol I-PLAN encourages PPMIUs to produce quality VCAs

“Translate enthusiasm into projects,” this was emphasized by the PRDP Bicol Deputy Project Director and I-REAP Component Head Adelina Losa during the 2017 Action Planning and Implementation Workshop held at the Department of Agriculture Library, San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur. Representatives from the Provincial Project Management and Implementation Unit (PPMIU) of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, … read more »

Geotagging gives farmer-beneficiaries sense of ownership of PRDP enterprise projects

As the president of the Rural Improvement Club of San Francisco, Bulusan in Sorsogon, Gloria España uses a digital cellular phone mainly for communication purposes. “Call and text lang gamit ng cellphone ko (I only use my cellphone to call or text),” she chuckled. But after attending the Coaching Session on Applied Geotagging Technology (AGT) … read more »