Farmer preparing seaweed planting materials in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. Seaweed is one of the champion commodities identified in the Province’s Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) and now farmers in this municipality received enterprise support through PRDP’s IREAP Component.

PRDP formulates 33 priority commodity investment plans in Mindanao

Date Published: February 11, 2019

The formulation of Priority Commodity Investment Plans (PCIPs) helps in identifying the priority commodity value chain as well as the rural infrastructure and enterprise subprojects that the project will support.

The Department of Agriculture Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) now have approved 33 CIPs that include  27 provinces in Mindanao and 6 cities particularly Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, General Santos and Iligan.

The impact of the investments developed from CIPs to the whole value chain development will be market expansion, logistics volume flow, and quality and modernization.

PRDP’s IPLAN component established interagency convergence where these province and cities have signed executive orders, creating the planning and implementing units and core planning teams.  

The convergence MOA becomes a binding instrument that will institutionalize support of participating agencies for CIP implementation and mainstreaming of these support into the regular budget and programs of participating agencies.

The process of institutionalizing CIPs involved consultative meetings with DA, National Government Agencies, farmer groups, SUCs, and private sectors. This was followed by situation analysis workshops, forging of Memorandum of Agreements, and endorsement from RDC/REDPB.

“Priority Commodity Investment Plan is very helpful to us especially now that we are updating our provincial physical framework plan. With PCIP, everything is organized from production to marketing,” said Tomas Danner Jr. Project Development Officer and IPLAN Component Head of Agusan del Norte.

By using PCIP, planners can now anchor their investment for the identified champion commodity of the province.

“This provincial commodity investment plan will become a platform for investments in trying to develop the agri-fishery sectors of respective provinces. Another beauty of having the PCIP, it becomes a venue or platform for leveraging investments both technical and financial in form from various agencies including Department of Science and Technology,” said IPLAN head Cerenio Tila.

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