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Cacao project boosts Davao City’s aim as Chocolate Capital of the Philippines

The local government of Davao City vowed to boost the competitiveness of cacao farmers in the area in its bid to position the city as the chocolate capital of the Philippines. The plan to help farmers in the city produce high-quality chocolates was revealed by Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio during her first “State … read more »

Davao del Norte Gov. Anthony del Rosario (3rd from the right) and Panabo City Mayor James Gamao (6th from the right) lead the inauguration of the 8-km farm-to-market road values at P61.9 million. Looking on are (L-R) Miguela Edquila, DA-RPCO-XI M&E Unit Head; Engr. Carl Orbe of PRDP-PSO Mindanao; Davao del Norte Provincial Engr. Raul Mabanglo (extreme R); and the barangay officials. (Photo Credit: Janelle Flores/DA-XI)

DA-PRPDP inaugurates P61.9 M road project in Panabo City

Farmers and residents of Panabo City are now reaping the benefits of the newly rehabilitated farm-to-market road worth P61.9 million. The 8-kilometer road concreting project connecting barangays Little Panay, Katipunan and Kasilak is under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP). “The PRDP is one of the more important projects under this administration … read more »

OFFICERS AND MEMBERS of the Tupi Coffee Growers Association, Inc. (TUCOGAI) received from DA Secretary Manny Pinol the first tranche of the budget for the P17.9-million Enhancement of Production and Marketing of Green Coffee Beans project. The checks are intended for the procurement of equipment and facilities that would jumpstart the enterprise project. Photo by Carl Aguillon/DA RPCO 12​

Farmer-led coffee enterprise in SoCot gets boost from DA-PRDP

Tupi, South Cotabato – Engines will soon start grinding for Tupi’s coffee enterprise after the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) turned over the first tranche of the project’s cost that will jumpstart the enterprise activities. DA-PRDP turned over last week checks worth P2.6-Million to the Tupi Coffee Growers’ Association, Inc. (TUCOGAI), the … read more »

PRDP Regional Project Coordination Office of DA 9 conduct inspection of the Sitio Lugami-San Antonio farm-to-market road (FMR) in the town of R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay before the turnover ceremony of the project. The 3.5-kilometer road has started to benefit the community even before its completion, with many residents putting up their households and some enterprises like sari-sari store in the area. Photo by Remai S. Alejado/DA PRDP 9

PRDP beefs up quality control of infra projects up for construction

Davao City – With the increase of proposals for infrastructure projects in Mindanao under DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), the Project’s project support office (NPCO) trained here recently for project implementers on Materials Testing and Quality Control or MTQC with advanced concrete technology. Organized by PRDP’s infrastructure or the Intensified Building Up of Infrastructure … read more »

Residents and farmers in the town of Lala, Lanao del Norte are now enjoying the benefits of a 4.1-kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) concreted under DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). The road project, which was completed last year, has lessened the hauling costs of farmers and provided easy and convenient transport.

Farmers, residents reap benefits of new FMR in “Lala land”

Lala, Lanao del Norte – Farmers and residents of this town are now enjoying multi-benefits of a new farm-to-market road (FMR) completed under DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). The 4.1-kilometer concreted FMR has started to benefit rice farmers in the rice-dependent barangays of Pinuyak, Simpak, and Maranding. According to barangay kagawad Arturo Arceñas, farmers … read more »

NPCO Monitoring and Evaluation alternate unit head Rollie Osayan emphasized the critical role of data encoders in ensuring accuracy of data to the M&E system.

PRDP’s web-based M&E system to enhance project data management

Davao City – DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project has recently conducted a retooling workshop to mainstream the use of the web-based monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system among project implementers as part of the innovations introduced by the Project. “The project has a wide range of interventions and from these comes voluminous data which needs to … read more »

PRDP to develop value chain studies for high value agri-fishery

Davao City – DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) will undergo value chain analysis (VCA) studies for additional high value crops and fishery commodities within the year. In a recent scoping activity conducted by PRDP’s Mindanao Project Support Office (PSO), three regions will embark on VCA studies for three commodities while the other three will … read more »

Farmers in Zambo Norte town pin hopes on cacao enterprise project

Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte – When Isabelo Paculanang retired from public service in the late 90s he turned back to farming, trying out government programs on agriculture even though some have faced sustainability issues. “Farmers are always on a ‘wait and see’ attitude,” he said, adding that a reliable market has always been the challenge. … read more »

Innovations improve infra project management in Mindanao

Ensuring that quality and standards are observed in the implementation of their rural infrastructure projects, local government units in Mindanao have espoused measures and regulations patterned with the Department of Agriculture (DA). Engr. Jean Rabanoz, Davao del Norte Provincial Project Monitoring Implementing Unit (PPMIU)  Head said the requirements of DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP)  … read more »

Farmers and Fisherfolks during the 2017 Farmers Forum held at Davao Del Norte.

Over 10K farmers to benefit from PRDP’s agri enterprises in Mindanao

Davao City – Around 10,000 more farmer-beneficiaries are expected to directly benefit from approved enterprise development projects under DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), a recent report revealed. Under PRDP’s Investment for Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Productivity (I-REAP) portfolio, a total of 43 subprojects with a total cost of P184.21 million have been approved to … read more »