Agri department implements P1.18-B projects

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


BUTUAN CITY – The five-year Mindanao Rural Development Program 2 (MRDP2) is expected to end this June 2014, after a two-year extension was given to fully implement the project.

MRDP2 is a poverty alleviation program jointly funded by the World Bank, the National Government and the local government units with a total funding of US$123.9 million.

Covering 225 towns in 26 provinces throughout Mindanao, it sought to improve the rural incomes and achieve food security through various agri-fishery interventions.

In Caraga Region, a total of P1.18 billion worth of projects was implemented where P890.7 million was funded to Rural Infrastructure (RI), P250 million to livelihood projects under the Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD), and P42 million to Natural Resources Management (NRM).

“MRDP2 has greatly helped in augmenting the budget of the region in addressing the needs of our farmers in the different municipalities.

MRDP2 was able to address 687 livelihood subprojects catering 35,662 beneficiaries,” MRDP2 Regional Coordinator and Assistant Director Edgardo D. Dahino said.

According to Dahino, CFAD alone was implemented in 39 municipalities covering the five provinces in the region.

The program was able to support subprojects on livestock production, fisheries and mariculture production, crops production, provision of pre and post-harvest facilities and small infrastructure projects, integrated farming system, Community Managed Livelihood, and agroforestry.

Recognizing the need to develop rural infrastructure in support to agricultural productivity, MRDPs biggest part of the pie went to RI where around P900 million was used to fund 197 kilometers of Farm-to-Market Roads amounting to a total of P454 million, 473 linear meter of RCDG(Reinforced Concrete Deck Girder) Bridges amounting to P160 million, P144 million worth of Communal Irrigation Projects servicing 1,600 hectares, 13 units of Potable Water Systems (PWS) worth P128 Million, and other infrastructure projects totaling P3 million.

“The difference between MRDP and DA regular funding is that in MRDP, amount per infra project is unlimited. LGU’s only limiting factor is their ability to counterpart because there is already sure funding in the program. Unlike the regular fund which is very limited and evenly distributed to all the provinces and districts in the region, only a few can be addressed right away. That is how MRDP was able to augment in addressing the infrastructure and irrigation needs of the region,” RI component head Rene Morales said.

In addition, RI component also capacitates the LGUs in supervising and undertaking infrastructure projects to ensure that quality and design standards are met.

Adhering to a holistic standard of development, DA-MRDP also implemented projects that ensure protection and management of natural resources.

In Caraga, six municipalities were able to access P7 million each and implemented NRM development and protection subprojects covering the upland, lowland, and coastal areas.

These include agroforestry, riverbank rehabilitation, mangrove rehabilitation, establishment of marine sanctuary, and fishery reserve.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 05, 2014.

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