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MRDP ties infra and livelihoods for impact results

Davao City (27 February) -- "Infrastructure projects must go with livelihood activities to create impressive impact," so goes the order of the Program Advisory Board (PAB).

On the fourth PAB meeting recently held in DA Central Office in Quezon City, the board issued a resolution combining the project implementation of Rural Infrastructure (RI) and Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) components of Department of Agricultural Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP).

The PAB sets policy directions for the planning and implementation of the activities of MRDP under its chair Undersecretary for Operation Jesus Emmanuel M. Paras and co-chaired by Undersecretary Virgilio L. Leyretana of Mindanao Economic and Development Council (Medco).

With the rationale that the Program intends to help small farmers improve their incomes and secure food on the table, the board sees the resolution as a holistic approach to rural development and an effective tool to encourage local government units to invest in infrastructure.

Although rural infrastructure is the costliest of investments, it is foundation for the agricultural production to grow which in turn yields in more income for farmers.

The resolution noted that subprojects like farm-to-market roads, irrigation and bridges provide farmers access to market and preserve quality of farm produce thus commanding prime prices for it.

Part of the guidelines for the implementation of the resolution is that LGUs which will invest on infrastructure projects will be priority towns to be given with livelihood projects.

"With at least one rural infra subproject, LGUs will be priority to receive livelihood," Usec Paras said.

Program Director Roger C. Chio said that the resolution is aligned with the focus of the Department in 2009 which is rural infrastructure as hard invest to spur the local economy.

"The approval of such resolution comes on the most opportune time because DA in 2009 will focus on the establishment of rural infrastructure," Chio said.

Chio said that this is compelling move for LGUS to embrace the Program's package of investments to pump-prime the economic activity in the country side. (MRDP-SB Manual/PIA XI) [top]

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