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Local government units (LGUs) of Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga and representatives from various line agencies recently converged in a consultation workshop for the enhancement of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan (AFMP) 2018 – 2023, at City Travel Hotel, Baguio City last July 31 – August 1, 2018.

The AFMP is a six-year plan to develop and modernize the agriculture and fisheries sector as mandated by the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) Section 13 which will serve as basis for determining the priority programs of the government as well as private investments.

With the institutionalization of the AFMP as basis for annual planning, the science-based tools used in the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) planning and budgeting processes were adopted. This includes the Value Chain Analysis (VCA), expanded Vulnerability and Suitability Assessment (eVSA), Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA), and Provincial/City Commodity Investment Plan (P/CCIP); as well as the results framework approach and partnerships within government and to private sectors.

“The AFMP is for the entire agriculture and fisheries sector which aims to expand economic opportunities for those engaged in producing agriculture, fishery and forestry products; and to increase access of small farmers and fishefolks to economic opportunities,” said Armylene Posada from the DA National Office.

During the consultation workshop, DA-CAR Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division Chief Susan D. Balanza discussed the main objective of the workshop which is to gather specific interventions identified by stakeholders particularly on priority commodities without roadmap, PCIP, and VCA.

“The data in the PCIPs will be automatically incorporated in the AFMP. However, the commodities with roadmap and those that has already VCAs will no longer be included in the selection of commodity to be prioritized,” said Balanza.

To brief the participants on the process of selecting commodities to be prioritized, the PCIP process was explained along with the regional development framework for rice, corn, livestock, fisheries, high value crops, organic, research and development, agriculture and marketing, production, policy, regulatory, rural infrastructure, extension, credit and Halal.

Workshop mechanics and the “AFMP Investment Capture Matrix” were also presented to guide the participants in their planning exercises.

Balanza emphasized that the selection of priority commodities should be based from the criteria for interventions which are sustainable, accessible and acceptable to small and poor farmers, does not contribute to environmental degradation, should be climate resilient, and should benefit majority of the farmers.

Meanwhile, similar activities were previously conducted for the province of Benguet, Mt. Province, and Abra. Cutflower and ornamentals were identified by Benguet; citrus for Mt. Province; and cacao, livestock and lowland vegetables for Abra.

For this batch, all three (3) provinces identified livestock as a priority commodity with the inclusion of pineapple for Apayao, and highland vegetables for Ifugao.

During the presentation of workshop outputs, representatives from the DA banner programs and line agencies provided inputs for the consideration of the provinces in their planning.

“Let us take into consideration our watersheds so that we can take care and protect our forest areas as we plan for these interventions,” said Nova Lee P. Rodriguez of Apayao Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). She emphasized the importance of convergence among different agencies in providing interventions in support to the identified commodities.

Balanza said that the data from the consultation workshops that were conducted will be finalized and refined taking into consideration, the comments/ suggestions and inputs of DA and other agencies before it would be encoded in the system.

The AFMP is formulated to flesh out the agriculture and fisheries chapter of the Philippine Development Plan 2018 - 2023 and to comply with the PRDP loan covenant to develop the successor AFMP by 2018.// ELVY S. TAQUIO, DA-PRDP RPCO-CAR InfoACE


 

 

Istay man chi, meaning thank you.”

Was how Macario D. Balanggao Jr., Chairman of barangay Amlao expressed his gratitude as he delivered his welcome remarks during the ceremonial opening and blessing of the Bulanao-Amlao Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) in Tabuk City, Kalinga on July 18, 2018.

Barangay Amlao is among the road influence area of the FMR along with four other barangays – Malin-awa, Ballawag, Suyang, and Lucog. The FMR subproject has a length of 15.8 kilometers with a total project cost of P213, 041,140.19 shared by the World Bank (80%), the Government of the Philippines through the DA (10%), and the LGU (10%).

The inauguration activities jump started with a motorcade from the provincial capitol to the end of the subproject in barangay Amlao followed by a program.

Engr. Domingo A. Bakilan, Provincial Agriculturist and Head of the PRDP Provincial Project Management and Implementing Unit (PPMIU) of Kalinga shared the milestones of the subproject from the planning to the implementation stage.

According to Engr. Bakilan, the side works for the FMR subproject are yet to be completed but it already has a physical accomplishment of almost 90%.

 “We are going to protect and take care of this road since it is a legacy that is worth keeping,” said barangay Balawag chairman Jerry G. Donga. One at a time, local officials of the barangays covered by the FMR committed to maintain and protect the road.

Meanwhile, Tribal Council Elder Ignacio Baglingit recalled the difficulty of their lives in barangay Amlao before the road even existed.

“We used to walk for hours before reaching our school until the road was opened in the early 70s, thanks to the perseverance of our elder leaders before. Now that the road was concreted, it paved the way for new opportunities as well. We can now go to the center town in a shorter period of time and various retailers can now reach us, and without the cooperation of the affected barangays, this project will cease to exist,” said Baglingit as he assured to guard and maintain the road.

In relation to this, DA-CAR Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillio encouraged the community to protect and preserve the environment for the sake of the future generations. He also commended the officialdom of Kalinga for having the highest cost of PRDP subprojects in the North Luzon Cluster.

Not only does Kalinga account for the largest cost share of PRDP implemented subprojects but the top implementer in the Cluster as well, according to Elma S. Mananes, Deputy Project Director of PRDP Project Support Office (PSO) North Luzon.

“We at the PRDP serve as instruments but without the continuing efforts of PLGU Kalinga, these subprojects would not have been realized,” Mananes added.

On the other hand, PRDP National Deputy Project Director Engr. Cirilo N. Namoc emphasized the primary purpose of the Project which is to increase the income of farmer-beneficiaries.

“Even after the completion of the FMR, we will be coming back to assess if the objectives of the project were achieved,” said Engr. Namoc stressing that a road safety plan and an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) team will later on be developed in order to ensure the sustainability and safety of the road.

Governor Jocel C. Baac urged every stakeholder and beneficiaries to work together in order to sustain these projects.

“Let us converge our efforts to address the weaknesses of our poor people and uplift their social and economic status,” urged Baac.

 

On Kalinga’s coffee blend business

With a total cost of P2, 399,462.51, the construction of the Kalinga Coffee Trading Center (KCTC) is now completed and was turned over to the proponent groups (PG) of the Kalinga Integrated Coffee Processing and Marketing Enterprise, a subproject under the PRDP’s I-REAP (Enterprise Development) component.

Six (6) cooperatives from the different municipalities of Kalinga joined together and reformed as Kalinga Coffee Cluster Agricultural Cooperative (KCCAC) for the development of the coffee industry in Kalinga and for the operation of the coffee enterprise as well. These are Dupligan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative, Tanudan Savings and Lending, Mananig Multipurpose Cooperative, Gawidan Malin-awaan Marketing Cooperative, Patiking Agriculture Cooperative, and Nambucayan Agriculture Cooperative, according to Bonet A. Gatan, KCCAC Chairman.

The trading center is located at Old BAExt. Compound, Purok 5, Bulanao, Tabuk City. It will be used for the consolidation and marketing of coffee and other crops.

 “With the assistance of the PRDP and the PPMIU, we will surely give our best in the operation and management of the coffee Enterprise,” added Gatan.

The Kalinga coffee enterprise was conceptualized in response to the need for alternative buyers and market expansion that will give higher income to coffee grower members. It has a total project cost of more than P14, 000,000.00 including its civil works. It is expected to boost the economic status of coffee farmers in Kalinga and improve the quality of their coffee as well.

Both the FMR and the enterprise subprojects were initially proposed in support to the coffee industry in Kalinga.

While the KCCAC envisions to improve the volume of coffee consolidated and expand its business coverage, the coffee industry in the province is also deemed to be fully developed through the investments of the PRDP.|| Elvy S. Taquio

 

DA-CAR Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillio (center) led the ribbon cutting during the ceremonial opening and blessing of the Bulanao-Amlao Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) on July 18, 2018. With him were PRDP North Luzon Cluster Deputy Project Director Elma S. Manaes, National Deputy Project Director Engr. Cirilo N. Namoc, and members of Kalinga LGU headed by Governor Jocel C. Baac. (Photo by Darrel Sunga)

 

Students of Mabato Elementary School rendered a traditional dance during the program held for the ceremonial opening and blessing of the Bulanao-Amlao FMR at Amlao, Tabuk City, Kalinga. (Photo by Darrel Sunga)

 

DA-CAR Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillio together with PRDP North Luzon Deputy Project Director Elma S. Mananes, National Deputy Project Director Cirilo N. Namoc, and Kalinga Governor Jocel C. Baac, and Provincial Agriculturist Domingo A. Bakilan led the ribbon cutting during the opening and blessing ceremony for the Kalinga Coffee Trading Center (KCTC). (Photo by Darrel Sunga)

 

Delegates from the PRDP NPCO, PSO, RPCO and the officials of PLGU Kalinga with the members of the Kalinga Coffee Cluster Agricultural Cooperative (KCCAC). (Photo by Darrel Sunga)