Central Philippines State University receives P3M fund from PRDP for Muscovado sugar research
A few months after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Agriculture’s Philippines Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), research partner Central Philippine State University (CPSU) receives three million pesos as part of the I-REAP (Enterprise) Component’s 3.2 or Technology and Information for Enterprise and Market Development component.
Under I-REAP 3.2, partner agencies will serve as program collaborators and will primarily provide technical assistance in the establishment of enterprises under the terms and conditions stipulated in a program contract.
In the province of Negros Occidental, Muscovado is one of the priority commodities of PRDP for enterprise development where potential segments of its value chain shall be provided with interventions and investments particularly on production, postharvest, processing and market linkages. Thus, the proposal Adoptability of Small-Scale Community Based Technology of Natural Muscovado Sugar in Selected Communities in Negros Occidental and Oriental has been identified by the PRDP as one of the key projects in Region 6.
The partnership covers the transfer of funds amounting to P3,000,000.00 to CPSU to finance its operational expenses for workshop and training programs.
For its part, the DA-PRDP – PSO Visayas shall be responsible in monitoring and ensuring desired outputs as specified in the contract.
Given its mandate, experience and expertise, CPSU has been identified by the DA-PRDP as an appropriate partner agency in the delivery of the necessary technical assistance and services relative to Small-Scale Community Based Technology of Natural Muscovado Sugar. The CPSU is an educational institution which primarily provides both advanced instruction and research in agriculture and allied technological sciences including education, arts and related sciences. It is mandated to undertake extension and development programs,and provide the necessary instructional and research leadership in agricultural, environmental and technological development in the Visayas Region.
For its part, CPSU will provide a non-cash counterpart of P252,000.00 and encourage the partner communities to provide a non-cash counterpart amounting to P1,200,000.00, totaling to an amount of P1,452,000.00. (September Noon A. Macahilo, PSO InfoACE)