VCA updating: Nabunturan and New Bataan cacao farmers, traders, processors and coops/associations participate in the focus group discussion with the IPLAN team. (Photo by Milva Carinan)

PRDP promotes use of VCA and PCIP to partner agencies

Date Published: July 28, 2020

Value chain analysis (VCA) is one of the innovations that the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) uses to provide farmer-entrepreneurs relevant inputs.

VCA helps in identifying and developing the linkages and interrelationships between activities that create value, profitability, and competitive advantage of a certain commodity along the segments of the value chain.

A total of 33 VCA’s have been formulated and packaged by the Mindanao cluster of DA-PRDP. These VCA’s have already obtained a “No Objection” except for BARMM which is currently working to comply with the recommendations set for mangosteen by the National Project Coordination Office.

Currently, the Mindanao cluster through its I-PLAN component is updating the VCAs for 5 commodities which are rubber, abaca, mango, cacao, and cardava banana.

Aside from VCA updating, PRDP is also able to update 33 Commodity Investment Plans (CIP) in 27 Provinces and 6 Cities. These CIP’s are also subsumed in the 2018-2023 successor Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan (AFMP) of all six regions.  All of the 33 CIP’s have already undergone the 1st round of updating. 14 local government units are currently updating their CIP’s for the 2nd round. 

All of the 33 CIP’s of Mindanao are now being adopted by their respective LGU’s and are currently being utilized by these LGU’s as their reference in investment planning and in leveraging investments for the agriculture sector. As of May 2020, LGU modules recorded a total of Php 51.32 billion worth of investments that are leveraged from PRDP and non-PRDP sources, a 16% increase since October 2019.

Moreover, 6 inter-agency convergence memorandum of agreements were already set in place and have secured three (3) full board NEDA endorsements utilizing CIP in regional investment planning.

These inter-agency convergence initiatives played a role in institutionalizing and mainstreaming CIP’s into the planning and budgeting processes of convergence-member agencies like the Department of Agriculture, Local Government Units, national government agencies and the private sector. As an offshoot, these agencies have been investing their own funds to further implement the interventions in boosting priority commodities in their specific localities.

The institutionalization and mainstreaming of CIP’s resulted in enhanced planning, programming and budgeting guidelines that are being effectively mainstreamed across DA programs; mainstreaming of PRDP innovations equating to broader support of local governments, national agencies and the private sector; integration of CIP’s in RAFMP and inclusion in the successor AFMP and used as reference in other regional investment plans for the agriculture sector; creation of structures needed in PRDP implementation by LGU’s; forging of agreements between National Agencies and 6 regions; full endorsement of CIP’s of the RDC’s of regions X, XII and region XI; and lastly, the mainstreaming of PRDP initiatives which have played a significant role in not only the DA’s and LGU’s but as well as all convergence-member agencies which in turn has translated into actual investment of funds of national agencies and the private sector to support the interventions in the CIP’s. Hence, as of May, 2020, the LGU modules recorded a total of Php 53.45B which is a 20.68% increase from October 2019. ( Reports from IPLAN/ Joy M. Montecalvo)


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