Davao del Norte leads implementation of DIDP-IFSP projects
by Noel Baguio
Davao City (21 August) -- The Province of Davao del Norte blazed the trail in implementing the Integrated Food Security Program (IFSP) under the Davao Integrated Development Program (DIDP).
During the DIDP's midyear evaluation held last August 11, at the Crown Regency Hotel, Davao City, Davao del Norte bagged the Best Local Government Unit award, in terms of its no-nonsense implementation of the IFSP projects.
The province also swept other major fetes, which include Best Paper Presentation; Best Presentor - Provincial Engineer Josie Jean Rabanoz; Best Project Coordinator on farm-to-market-roads - Engr. Lilia Edig; and, Best Project Coordinator on Fisherfolk Livelihood Enhancement Project - Cloribencita Silvosa.
Gov. Rodolfo P. Del Rosario, who concurrently chairs the DIDP, acknowledges the big contribution of the IFSP in enhancing agricultural productivity of the Province.
He said the project components under the DIDP-IFSP have provided a big boost to his RDR WHEELS agenda, which is an all-encompassing platform of governance that primarily aim to provide a better quality of life of the people and achieve the vision for Davao del Norte to become a premier province.
A considerable number of the population have greatly benefited from IFSP component projects that include farm-to-market roads; upland farming model village project (UFMVP); agro-processing promotion project (APPP); and, fisherfolk livelihood enhancement project (FLEP).
Provincial Engineer Josie Jean Rabanoz reported that from year 1999 to 2007, a total of 25 all-weather roads, three concrete RCDG bridges and one small irrigation development project were completed amounting to P75.5 million. These projects covered some 1,405 hectares benefiting more than 2,000 farmers and countless residents.
The income of marginalized upland farmers in Sitio Tublihon, Florida, Kapalong, was significantly improved. The APPP's banana chip processing plant has encouraged the small cardava banana growers and farmers to increase production area from 3,065 hectares to more than 5,000 hectares. More than 1,000 DNCVFIDC members will directly benefit, with some 500 stakeholders from the farm level up to the processing operation indirectly gaining from the project. Total assistance of almost P1 million has afforded the FLEP beneficiaries to increase their income by more than 10 percent.
The DIDP is a socio-economic cooperation program initiated by the provinces and cities of the Davao region, which aims to develop agricultural opportunities in the countryside. The Department of Agriculture allocates about P50 million a year to the DIDP with counterpart resources coming from the involved LGUs. (PGO-ID) [top]