CCIP needed to avail of projects from PRDP, city gov’t advised could avail of PRDP projects

THE CITY government needs to come up with a city commodity investment plan (CCIP) to avail of the projects under the Philippine Rural Development Program, the regional director of the Department of Agriculture said.

In a text message Wednesday, DA regional director Remelyn Recoter said the commodity investment plan will identify specific subprojects that can be funded under the PRDP.

“LGUs are expected to manage the program implementation, including procurement,” Recoter said.

“Likewise, together with the stakeholders, LGUs will identify subprojects which are relevant for the development of the value chain of champion commodities.”

According to the PRDP website, local governments in the region have yet to submit a CCIP, which needs to be approved by their respective development councils.

The PRDP is a six-year project designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector, according to a release by the city council committee on agriculture.

An upscaled version of the Mindanao Rural Development Program, PRDP, funded primarily out of the loan from the World Bank, is a poverty reduction project of the DA which aims to improve the income and food security of the rural poor and indigenous communities in the Philippines.

Last Tuesday, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte was authorized through an ordinance to sign on behalf of the city a memorandum of agreement with the DA.

The item was approved on second reading at the city council during its regular session.

PRDP will partner with the LGUs and the private sector in providing key infrastructure, facilities, technology, and information that will raise incomes, productivity, and competitiveness in the countryside.

Within the six-year project intervention, it is expected to provide a 5% increase in annual real farm incomes of PRDP in household beneficiaries, 30% increase in income for targeted beneficiaries of enterprise development, 7% increase in value of annual marketed output and 20% increase in number of farmers and fishers with improved access to DA services.

Duterte last January 9 released EO 49 creating the PRDP city program management and implementing unit (CPMIU)

Point persons of the unit include City Planning and Development Coordinator Marcelino Escalada, Engr. Jose Froilan Rigor, City Engineer Roland Reyes) and City Agriculturist Rocelio Tabay.

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