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DA’s infra projects in Mindanao doubled in PNoy’s time

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Investments for agricultural infrastructures in Mindanao rise within two months of the Aquino administration. The Department of Agriculture – Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) has noted a sudden surge of infrastructure proposals creating more than double the expected target for this year. DA-MRDP now has a total of P4.48 billion worth of infrastructures in the [...]

Investments for agricultural infrastructures in Mindanao rise within two months of the Aquino administration.

The Department of Agriculture – Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) has noted a sudden surge of infrastructure proposals creating more than double the expected target for this year.

DA-MRDP now has a total of P4.48 billion worth of infrastructures in the pipeline compared to the P2.08 billion set early this year.

Of the figure, P189 million has been completed, P3.667 billion are in preparatory stage and the remaining P632.16 million is earmarked to on-going projects.

Northern Mindanao (Region 10) got the biggest chunk of over P1.357 billion followed by Central Mindanao (Region 12) with a portfolio of P1 billion. Western Mindanao (Region 9) has a total of P722.65 million; Caraga region got P612.71 million; Davao Region (Region 11) has P533.93 million while the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has a total of P248.69 million.

“It started in July when we received proposals for more infrastructure from the enrolled municipalities of the program,” said MRDP program director Lealyn A. Ramos.

“To date, we have accomplished over P189 million worth of investments,” Ramos added.

DA-MRDP is a long-term poverty alleviation program that covers 225 of the 420 towns across Mindanao jointly funded by the World Bank, national and local governments, and project proponents. It implemented projects like farm-to-market road, communal irrigation systems, potable water systems, bridges and other infrastructure critical to increasing farm yield, resource-based livelihoods, environmental conservation, and governance reform.

In the recent visit of President Benigno Aquino III in Davao City he vowed his administration will combat poverty through proper channels including investments on the agriculture department where it will directly benefit the poor.

“Along with the thrust of the current administration, we need to invest more on infrastructure to maximize the production potential of Mindanao . These projects could increase yields, improve incomes of farmers, cut transportation costs and even open more economic opportunities to farmers, fisher folks and the local government units,” Ramos said.

DA Sec. Proceso Alcala issued recently a memorandum stating that in lieu of rice subsidy a bulk of funds will be spent on irrigation, particularly in the repair and rehabilitation of communal irrigation systems (CIS).

Further, the program’s livelihood arm, the Community Fund for Agricultural Development component has put in place a total of 1,532 livelihood projects to 225 municipalities where 35% of its beneficiaries are women and the indigenous peoples.

Among the accomplished projects were a total of 94 km farm-to-market roads (FMR), 5 units level-2 potable waters systems (PWS), 39 linear meter single lane bridges. While nearing completion is the 100-hectare irrigation system in Davao del Sur, and across Mindanao a total of 163.18 km of FMR, 3 units PWS and two postharvest facilities. (Sherwin Manual/DA-MRDP)


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