By: Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) has approved 33 community investment plans (CIPs) for 27 provinces in Mindanao and six cities, including Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, General Santos, and Iligan.
The DA-PRDP said the impact of the investments developed from CIPs to the whole value chain development will be the market expansion, logistics volume flow, quality, and modernization.
PRDP’s Investment in Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan (AFMP) and the Planning at the Local and National Levels (I-PLAN) component established interagency convergence where these province and cities have signed executive orders, creating the planning and implementing units and core planning teams, it said.
The convergence Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) becomes a binding instrument that will institutionalize support for the participating agencies for CIP implementation and mainstreaming of this support into the regular budget and programs of participating agencies.
The process of institutionalizing CIPs involved consultative meetings with DA, National Government Agencies, farmer groups, SUCs, and private sectors. This was followed by situation analysis workshops, forging of Memorandum of Agreements, and endorsement from Regional Development Council (RDC-REDPB).
“Priority Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) is very helpful to us especially now that we are updating our provincial physical framework plan. With PCIP, everything is organized from production to marketing,” said Tomas Danner Jr., project development officer and IPLAN component head of Agusan del Norte.
By using PCIP, planners can now anchor their investment for the identified champion commodity of the province.
“This provincial commodity investment plan will become a platform for investments in trying to develop the agri-fishery sectors of the respective provinces. Another beauty of having the PCIP is, it becomes a venue or platform for leveraging investments both technical and financial in form from various agencies including Department of Science and Technology,” said IPLAN head Cerenio Tila.
The formulation of PCIP helps in identifying the priority commodity value chain as well as the rural infrastructure and enterprise sub-projects that it will support.
The DA-PRDP in Caraga Region 13, in partnership with local government units, recently broke ground for two infrastructure projects totaling P158 million. These are for the construction of the P50 million communal irrigation system (CIS) in Barangay Poblacion, Rosario Agusan del Sur and the construction of the 3.62 km Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) in Barangay R.E. Ecleo, San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands amounting to P108 million.