$3-M AusAID grant boosts MRDP

THE Agriculture Department received a US$3 million grant from the Australian government through AusAID in a bid  to further boost the agency’s poverty alleviation initiative Mindanao.

In particular, the grant will be used to strengthen the implementation of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP), the flagship poverty alleviation initiative of DA covering 225 towns in all 26 provinces of Mindanao.

MRDP director Lealyn A. Ramos said that the grant is intended to provide technical assistance to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of agricultural services from project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

“It will also be used to improve the livelihood opportunities for the targeted communities and institutionalize the among the local government units’ delivery of services that promotes participation, transparency and accountability,” Ramos added.

Further the grant is expected to enhance the processes of agriculture and fishery services and investments delivery.

“We aim to that our capacity building activities will introduce new ways of doing business applying the value-chain approach including the identification of viable agri-based public-private partnership (PPP).

Ramos said various capacity building activities are already lined-up designed particularly to suit the needs of the program’s implementing partners in the field and stakeholders.

“These activities further support the three-prong core values of the program: transparency, accountability and participation,” she added. “We are truly grateful for the Australian government for the assistance they have provide, and we assure them that the every penny of this investment will be used for its intended purpose,” Ramos said.

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