World Bank cites ‘satisfactory’ progress of DA’s rural infra projects

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A farmer sprays pesticide on a rice field as the sun sets in the super Typhoon Haiyan stricken town of Santa Fe, in Leyte province, central Philippines on February 17, 2014. — AFP

THE WORLD Bank has cited the “satisfactory” progress of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) rural infrastructure projects funded by the Washington-based lender.

In its Implementation Status & Results Report dated July 17, the World Bank said that the progress of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) “continues to be rated satisfactory.”

“An assessment of project impacts records increases in real household income, increase in value of marketed output, reduction in input and output hauling costs, increases in farmed area, increase in production volume, reduction in travel time from farm to market, increase in traffic density, and increase in school attendance,” the report read.

“In addition, broader outcomes are being realized via the country-wide institutionalization and acceptance of the PCIP (Provincial Commodity Investment Plan) as a technically-based planning platform for convergence between programs of the DA, LGUs (local government units), and other national government agencies,” it added.

The PRDP provides funding and technical support for building provincial roads, bridges, communal irrigation systems, potable water supply, solar dryers, greenhouses, and composting facilities. — Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan