DA initiates poverty reduction program-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Papers are set to be signed for a poverty reduction program with the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Governor Nestor Fongwan has asked authority from the Provincial Board to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the DA for the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) of the agency to be implemented in the province of Benguet.
The PRDP is aimed to improve the income and food security of the rural poor as well as indigenous communities in the country and is designed to have adaptable program loans funded by the national government.
The PRDP is designed to help the country reach its Millennium Development Goals.
The PRDP is funded in part by a $500 million loan from the World Bank (WB), which has also bankrolled the Mindanao Rural Development Program Phase 2 (MRDP2). A $120 million counterpart from the Philippine government and beneficiary local government units (LGUs) while a $7 million grant will come from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Benguet has been chosen as one of the recipient provincial local government units under the program.
Under the agreement the DA and the LGUs will continue to enhance and process the delivery of enhanced agriculture and fishery services, support and coordination systems for the implementation of interventions and activities will also be given as well as the setting of specific responsibilities of the DA to the local governments receiving the program benefits.
The projects under the program include production of crops, poultry and livestock, high value crops, organic farm products, marine fish and aquaculture, food processing and marketing, and small support infrastructure like hanging bridges, footpaths, water pumps, pump boats, and fish landing, among others.
The project runs from 2013 to 2019 and will include investment plans; intensified buildup of infrastructure and logistics development; and investments or rural enterprises and agricultural and fisheries projects.
The DA program mandates LGUs to have a provincial program management and implementing unit to support the projects, preparation of annual work plans and budgets.
The MOA has been presented to the provincial board for its approval before signing.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 02, 2013.