Philippine Rural Development Program to boost Pangasinan's agriculture

February 15, 2016 11:40 pm 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Feb. 15 — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) has passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado Espino Jr. to enter into an amended memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the implementation of the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) and its sub-projects in the province of Pangasinan.

It was an amended MOA, said Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Benita Pizarro because the period of implementation of the program under the original MOA signed was from 2015 to 2019, which is now extended up to 2021.

The projects consist of infrastructures like farm-to-market roads for which the PRDP will spend 90 percent, while 10 percent for Pangasinan; and rural enterprise projects which the PRDP will bankroll at 80 percent and Pangasinan will have 20 percent counterpart.

The SP said there is a need to amend the original MOA previously entered into by the province with the DA to conform with all legal procedural requirements for the implementation of the PRDP as required by the latter.

Pizarro said the counterpart of the provincial government was already set aside in the approved annual budget of the province for 2016.

Dalisay Moya, acting provincial agriculturist, said DA already conducted consultation with them regarding the program, noting that it was her office that identified the farm-to-market roads that need to be constructed and or rehabilitated.

She said they also identified the commodities that need support from PRDP like onion, peanuts and goat for livestock.

The PRDP is a World Bank-backed program that could help improve the lives of farmers not only in Pangasinan but in the whole country. (PNA)



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