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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 »

P5.5-B worth of infra projects pipelined under PRDP for Mindanao

  Around P5.5-billion worth of infrastructure subprojects are pipelined for Mindanao under DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) aimed at improving agricultural productivity in the countryside. According to PRDP’s February 2017 report, farm-to-market roads (FMR) make up the bulk of the pipelined subprojects with a total of 46 subprojects amounting to P4.49 billion. These subprojects … read more »

DA-PRDP okays P20-M rubber enterprise expansion in Agusan Sur

Bayugan, Agusan del Sur – A P20-million crumb rubber enterprise expansion project aimed at increasing income of rubber farmers in this town will soon commence under DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). The project, funded under PRDP’s enterprise development component, was given a No Objection Letter (NOL) 1 recently, which signals the project approval and … read more »

Midterm review for PRDP to start this year

Davao City — With the implementation of DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in the country nearing its third year, a midterm review is expected to commence this year, a top official said. PRDP National Deputy Project Director Arnel De Mesa said that once the engagement of a third-party review team is finalized, the midterm … read more »

Agencies unite efforts to implement Zamboanga del Norte’s PCIP

Dipology City — Government agencies in Zamboanga del Norte are converging their efforts to boost the province’s cacao industry. With the aim to institutionalize implementation of Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) for cacao as the province’s emerging commodity, the provincial government and Department of Agriculture led the 12-member interagency Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing held … read more »

Better road lessens hardship in MisOcc town

Tudela, Misamis Occidental — Farmers in barangay Casilak San Agustin here used to endure the slippery portions of the road going to the town proper about 10 kilometers away. “The road was very slippery that we need to disembark from the motorcycle to avoid accident,” said the 68-year old resident Letecia Lagunay. But recently a … read more »

From ‘karosa’ to four-wheel trucks

Brgy. Poblacion, Norala, South Cotabato- For years, the farming community here delivered their sacks of rice into the market through their karosa.  Karosa is a local term for farm cart usually pulled by a carabao. “It was our only means in bringing our produce from this area up to the pick-up point,” said Cesar Suoberon, who … read more »

PRDP taps citizens in project monitoring

To engage regular citizens in monitoring subprojects, the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) has recently launched its Citizens’ Monitoring and i-Geotag initiatives. PRDP is a special project of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and jointly funded by the World Bank and local government units that implements infrastructure and rural enterprise across the country. “Citizen’s monitoring … read more »

DA spearheads rural development gab

Rolling out effective countryside development and efficient fund use. This is the central theme of the three-day Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA- PRDP) national convention which opened recently in Cavite gathering close to 300 rural development workers. “Our vision is for a more progressive Philippine countryside as we become partners for change,” … read more »

Value chain to boost competitiveness of agri commodities

The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) has identified strategic interventions for six priority commodities through its value chain analyses (VCA) report. PRDP is a special project under the Department of Agriculture (DA) with funding assistance from the World Bank, national and local government.  The project adopts the VCA approach as to guide local government units … read more »