WORLD Bank (WB) said Davao del Norte is among the best performing provinces in Mindanao, which are recipients of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) under the Department of Agriculture (DA).

In an interview during the Learning Exchange Visit to PRDP-Mindanao at the Davao del Norte Provincial Capitol in Tagum on Wednesday, WB senior rural development specialist Carolina Geron said several countries have requested to visit the Philippines to conduct a study tour.

"DA agreed to these request and highlighted Davao del Norte as one of their good initial examples to showcase the output of the PRDP in the area," she said

Under the Mindanao Rural Development Project (MRDP), the province has already implemented big ticket projects for Community Fund Agricultural Development (CFAD) which has benefited eight farmer associations.

These projects enabled the farmers to engage in processing farm products which help increase the values of their produce and incomes.

The province also availed 130 more projects amounting to more or less P48 million are being implemented by nine local government units (LGU) in the province.

As MRDP transitioned to the PRDP, new approaches are introduced in project implementation.

At present, there have been nine projects already completed under the PRDP amounting to P723,164,235.02.

"These are the good innovations brought by the province through the financial assistance of WB. Thus, many countries are interested to learn from them," added Geron.

Capacity building manager for Institutional Strengthening of Gram Panchayats Project in India, Atin Biswas said during the visit, "We have learned that through this infrastructure development project, we can also enhance the productivity of the farmers and fishermen. Hopefully, we can bring that to our country and implement those innovations."

Representatives from the West Bengal Local Governance Strengthening Project, India Livestock Agriculture Marketing Project, and Mongolia Fondo de Apolo Social Local Development Project participated in the program as a move to strengthen their local government and improve their industrial and agricultural sectors.

On Wednesday, the group visited the Barangay Little Panay, Panabo City for the rehabilitation of Little Panay-Katipunan road and the cacao plantation in Subasta, Calinan on Thursday.