Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DA-PRDP Bicol opens new development opportunities for Bicol cities, towns

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 17 (PIA) -- The Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) in Bicol has approved at least ten infrastructure development and agro-industrial enterprise development sub-projects (SPs) in the region boosting the thrust to achieve an inclusive, market-oriented, and climate-resilient agri-fishery sector

Engr. Abelardo Bragas, regional director of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol and chair of the RPAB under the DA Philippine Rural Development Project (DA PRDP) Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO), said the board has recently endorsed during its 7th meeting by virtue of a resolution the second batch of 2015 PRDP SPs to the PRDP Project Support Office South Luzon through resolutions.

RPAB is an inter-agency and multi-disciplinary team that reviews and approves proposals for PRDP funding,

The recent meeting was the first of RPAB participated in by municipality and city project management and implementation units (M/CPMIUs) as PRDP now accepts proposals from local government units (MLGUs) that are interested to participate in the project implementation.

Bragas said the RPAB approved seven infrastructure development SPs with a total value of P894,467,130.5 in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Sorsogon and Albay; Legazpi City; Virac, Catanduanes; and Placer and Esperanza towns in Masbate.

He added that the board also approved three agro-industrial enterprise development SPs such as the P22,345,000-worth Pineapple Trading and Processing Project in Camarines Norte; P7,732,961.57-worth Coco Sap Sugar Manufacturing Enterprise in Camarines Sur; and P24,773,220-worth Abaca Fiber Processing and Trading Enterprise in Camarines Norte.

These agro-industrial enterprises, according to him, are projected to benefit a total of 13,559 farmers, rural women, and cooperative members in their respective communities.

Also, the RPAB approved the variation orders for 2014 SPs with No Objection Letter 2 namely the Upgrading of Cuco-Bagong Silang Farm-to-Market Road in Pasacao, Masbate; Rehabilitation of San Isidro–Pag Oring Nuevo Farm-to-Market Road in Libmanan, Camarines Sur as well as the Rehabilitation/Improvement of Pistola-Tablon Road With 3 Units Bridges in Oas, Albay.

DA Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, Research and Regulation Segfredo R. Serrano, told the participants that the PRDP is a model of DA’s institutionalization of planning protocols in which clients and beneficiaries are given ownership of the projects through consultations.

 Meanwhile, Mayor Ian Peter S. Sepulveda of Esperanza, Masbate, whose P91,007,831.62-worth infrastructure development sub-project was approved by the RPAB, said that his people is eternally grateful to the PRDP for the concrete solution to rural poverty in his municipality.

An Orientation on PRDP for local government units was conducted by the PRDP RPCO V on August 7, 2015 at the DA Bicol in San Agustin Pili, Camarines Sur to appraise other LGUs that expressed their intent to join the Project.

The 7th RPAB meeting was the first assembly of the official RPAB chaired by the DA regional executive director and composed of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (RAFC) as mandated in the PRDP National Advisory Board Resolution No. 1, series of 2015 issued on May 4, 2015.  (MAL/DA5/PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/771439859914/da-prdp-bicol-opens-new-development-opportunities-for-bicol-cities-towns#sthash.7EBp0HqB.dpuf

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