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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

RPAB holds review on micro-enterprise sub-project proposals

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – The Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB)-9 of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) hasrecently conducteda review on micro-enterprise sub-project proposals at Top Plaza Hotel, this city.

Among the projects presented by the province of Zamboanga del Norte were the Babuyan niNanay: A Swine Fattening for Women,Abaca Fiber Trading and Marketingand the Village Level Rubber Processing and Marketing Enterprise.

The recipients of these projects are the cooperatives of Diongan, Macasing, Gunayen and Sayaw Consumers Cooperatives in the municipality of Siayan, the Kasamahan ng mgaMagsasaka ng Paraiso (KAMAGPA), Sampinitan and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries of Marcelo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ARBEMCO)ofKalawit and the Salug Small Coconut Farmers Cooperative ofSalug town.

Meanwhile, the province of Zamboanga del Sur through Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator MerilineLocsonalso presented their project on Seaweeds Production and Marketing before the RPAB.

“The RPAB will approve the project proposals, then endorse it for funding to the Project Support Office (PSO) of DA-Mindanao Cluster,” Remedios Alejado of DA-9 said, when asked by this writer about the role of RPAB.

Accordingly, RPAB was created as one of the institutional innovations for the implementation of the PRDP funded by World Bank.

It is composed of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (RAFC).

PRDP was designed to create a platform for a more modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector which will be implemented within six years from 2013 to 2018.

It partners with the local government units and the private sector in providing strategic infrastructure, facilities, technology, and information that will increase incomes, productivity, and competitiveness in rural areas.