For habal–habal(motorcycle) driver Arnold Sanchez, driving through the rocky roads of Sogod for many years was a constant struggle. “We would fall off our motorcycle because of the rocks and huge stones,” said Sanchez. “It was doubly hard because of the added expenses in vehicle maintenance. We had to change motorcycle parts more often.” Today, Sanchez and the other residents along the road influence area of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project infrastructure subproject, the rehabilitation/concreting of the Suba–Kanangkaan–San Vicente–San Juan farm-to-market road in Sogod, Southern Leyte, are glad and relieved of the significant improvements brought about by the 4.23495-kilometer project. Only five monthsRead More →

VILLAVICIOSA, ABRA – The long wait is over for the farmers here as they received the first tranche of cattle delivery for their micro enterprise subprojects (formerly Small Livelihood Project) on Cattle Fattening and Marketing Enterprise that got their businesses officially on the go. Funded under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) with equity from the Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Villaviciosa, three out of the nine farmer associations that were issued with No Objection Letter 2 (NOL2) received 69 heads of upgraded male Brahman breed on May 16, 2017 at the Municipal Hall of Villaviciosa, Abra. These micro enterprises wereRead More →

Cortes, SDS — Agriculture intervention through the Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) is set to boost the production of agri-fishery commodities here through the concreting of 14.33 km Poblacion–Manlico–Uba Farm-to- Market Road (FMR) amounting to P187 million. The road concreting project which had its groundbreaking ceremony last May 26 will cover 4,537 hectares of influence area and would directly benefit a total of six barangays and 1,137 farming and fishing households. “The rough road used to be muddy, especially during rainy seasons. Very few vehiclescomes in our area which also serves as cargo trucks,” said Chairman Vicente Malingin of Barangay Tuburan. “Due to the poorRead More →

Enterprise development subprojects proposed under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) have paved the way for improved partnerships between the Marinduque Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) and civil society organizations, particularly farmers’ cooperatives. Pacifico Mabato, Chairperson of Tanikala ng Pagkakaisa Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the capital town of Boac said that since they started engaging with the PRDP, the PLGU has always been assisting their cooperative, hence enhancing their relationship with the capitol’s staff, particularly at the PRDP’s Provincial Project Management and Implementation Unit (PPMIU). “The PLGU has recognized our group. We have since built closer relationship with them. Every time they callRead More →

The World Bank starts today, May 8, 2017, its implementation support mission to the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) with a kick-off meeting at the DA central office in Quezon City. A team of experts from the World Bank headed by Frauke Jungbluth, the lead agriculture economist and task team leader of the mission, will attend meetings and subproject site visits around the country to primarily review the achievements of the PRDP in towards the realization of its project development objectives, as well as its Global Environment Objectives under the project-integrated Global Environment Facility grant. The team will also discuss with theRead More →