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Anti-poverty program to focus on community-driven development

by NT Provido

Davao City (25 February) -- Sustainable livelihood projects that introduce sense of ownership.

This will be the focus of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) as it aims to shorten approval process and simplify requirements for its livelihood projects.

MRDP is a long-term poverty alleviation program implemented under the Department of Agriculture (DA) covering 26 provinces and 225 towns across Mindanao. Its major components include livelihood projects, rural infrastructure, natural resource management, and governance reforms.

For its livelihood projects, MRDP is coming-out with a community-driven development (CDD) procurement process which eventually got the nod of its Program Advisory Board (PAB) during its recent meeting held in Cagayan de Oro City.

"This (CDD procurement process) will contribute to a substantial improvement in implementation and fiduciary management of subprojects by shortening the approval processes from 44 days to only 21 days and at the same time will simplify documentary requirements," said procurement specialist Mario Orilla.

Orilla said that with the harmonized procurement manual will guide the LGUs and POs in procuring works, goods and services under CFAD and NRM subprojects.

"Shortening the approval process and simplifying documentary requirements will fasttrack acquisition of needed inputs and delivery of services while clearly delineating accountability enhance transparency and community accountability," Orilla added.

Sandra Arcamo of BFAR said the approval of the harmonized procurement manual will connect the dots and link NRM implementation with other program's components.

Meanwhile, the revised CFAD manual was also approved at the same PAB meeting. The revised CFAD manual will incorporate recommendations during the previous World Bank supervision mission.

"Among its salient points include the identification of additional financial requirements, review of small infrastructure projects by the rural infrastructure component, and the use of matured technologies for livelihood projects," said CFAD head Lorna Lesaca.

"The revised manual also pointed out that livelihood subprojects under NRM will be based on the recommendations from the Participatory Resource Appraisal," she added.

The MRDP hopes that with approval of its two manuals, it can further heighten beneficiaries' sense of ownership and subprojects' sustainability. (DA-MRDP) [top]

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