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On top of DA-PRDP, World Bank eyes new agri programs for Mindanao

While the implementation of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) is still in full swing, the World Bank is already considering additional projects for Mindanao, consistent with the government’s inclusive agriculture paradigm. In a recent meeting with top DA officials, the World Bank expressed its interest for the conceptualization and roll-out of … 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 »

Farmer describes PRDP FMR ‘malaking alwan’

“Malaking alwan” or a big relief is how Venancio Valencia, a farmer and resident of Brgy. San Gabriel, Victoria in Oriental Mindoro described the first completed infrastructure development (I-BUILD) subproject of the PRDP South Luzon Cluster. According to Valencia, the “Concreting of Bagong Silang–Macatoc Farm-to-Market Road (FMR)” subproject made transportation easier for the residents of … read more »

Lando victims to receive SLPs from PRDP

The Luzon A Project Support Office (PSO) issued No Objection Letters 1 (NOL1) to 47 Small Livelihood Project (SLP) proposals in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan last December 8 and 21, 2016. The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) opened the approval of Small Livelihood Projects (SLPs) to mitigate the … read more »

PRDP subprojects to benefit Marinduque’s top commodity growers

Coconut is a leading agricultural commodity in Marinduque and it is one of the top five high value commodities in the entire MIMAROPA Region. In 2014, the island province of Marinduque had an area of more than 35,000 hectares planted with coconuts. Development of the industry of the top commodities, being the core of agricultural … 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 »

PRDP-funded trading center gets thumbs up from calamansi farmers

There needs to be a more systematic and efficient way of distributing agricultural products if the production capacity of farmers as well as income are to be maximized. That was the exact reason for the establishment of the “Oriental Mindoro Calamansi Trading Center and Buying Station” subproject proposed by the Naujan Farmers Association (NaFA) under … read more »

DA explores boosting Ilocos dragon fruit industry

The Ilocos Region’s dragon fruit industry may soon get a boost as the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) is few steps away from providing necessary interventions to develop the production, processing and marketing of the edible cactus fruit. Region 1 has identified dragon fruit as one of its priority commodities under the … read more »

PRDP Mindanao shows project gains during Mindanao filmfest

Davao City — DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) Mindano Project Support Office joined the recently concluded Mindanao Film Festival showcasing audio-visual presentations (AVPs) on the Project’s gains and emerging benefits in communities all around Mindanao. These benefits were gathered by PRDP from the completed and ongoing infrastructure projects as well as enterprise subprojects that … read more »

New FMR opens more opportunities in Buug town

Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay – Around 400 households in two barangays in this town can look forward to an increase in economic activity with the completion of a farm-to-market road (FMR), which was turned over here recently. The FMR connects the barangays of Bawang and Pamintayan whose residents have started to enjoy the benefits of the … read more »