World Bank conducts 3rd support mission for PH’s rural development project

The World Bank recently started its implementation support mission to the Department of Agriculture-led Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) with a kick-off meeting at the DA's 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 in the Project's clusters in North Luzon, which covers the Cordillera, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon regions; South Luzon, which covers the CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Bicol Regions; Visayas; and Mindanao. This mission follows the second implementation support mission conducted April this year that earned the PRDP a satisfactory performance rating from the World Bank, just like in the earlier review mission held in November last year. The mission seeks to review the achievements towards the project development objectives (PDOs) and continue the review and discussions on the Government's proposal for additional financing from the World Bank, among others. At the end of the the mission, the DA hopes that it will have discussed and agreed with the World Bank and other stakeholders the solutions for technical issues that have arisen since the previous mission. P17.75 billion-worth infrastructure, P540 million-worth enterprise projects Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" F. PiAol said that as of November 4, 2016, the infrastructure component of the Project has so far approved the funding of 354 infrastructure development subprojects worth P17.75 billion and 215 enterprise development subprojects worth P540.67. million. This translates to 71 of the 81 targeted provinces already having approved subprojects under the Project and P18.3 billion-worth of assistance for high value commodities such as abaca, coconut, banana, dairy coffee, cacao and goat. "Most of the approved infrastructure subprojects are farm-to-market roads (FMRs), the equivalent length of which totals to 1,318.11 kilometers, including an additional 226 kilometer-long FMRs with bridges. We have already completed 18 FMRs stretching to 57 kilometers, while 179 FMRs equivalent to 668 kilometers are at various stages of construction," PiAol said. The Secretary noted that aside from the total approved subprojects, there are 330 pipelined subprojects amounting to P25.17 billion and 222 projects under procurement with P9.87 billion budget. The agriculture chief added that several communal irrigation system (CIS) subprojects that cover 150 hectares are already functional and that 47 completed potable water system subprojects are already serving 16,357 households. For the enterprise development component of the Project, the DA reported that it has already approved 215 enterprises worth P504.67 million. These include microenterprises (formerly called small livelihood projects) mostly proposed in areas severely hit by natural calamities such as the Bohol earthquake and Typhoons Yolanda, Lando and Nona, to help farmers and fishers recover from their lost livelihoods. "We also have some P971 million-worth of pipelined subprojects under the enterprise development component," PiAol added.

Source: Philippine Information Agency