By CARINA L CAYON
DAVAO City — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has earmarked multimillion funds for various livelihood projects to aid farmers, fisherfolk, women and indigenous peoples in Mindanao.
The DA’s Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) has already spent a total of P388.25 million for its livelihood arm.
While, another P345.37 million were downloaded to on-going projects and those ready for implementation; and a total of P412.30 million for those new projects under preparation by the People’s Organizations (PO) making the overall portfolio of CFAD to approximately P1.3 billion.
Program director Lealyn A. Ramos, in her report to DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, said the Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) component spent the amount mostly in food security interventions, community managed livelihoods and small support infrastructure.
The various livelihoods have benefitted a total of 124,816 households.
With the aim to increase agricultural production and increase incomes of small farmers, CFAD component is a municipal-based funding facility though which MRDP provides financing for the diverse needs and priorities expressed by poor communities.
“The bottom-up approach under the Program where the people’s organization themselves identify and manage the project has promoted participation and transparency in governance and prompted for the empowerment of many rural folks,” Ramos said.
To date, there are already 3,712 agri-based livelihoods funded. Some 1,605 were completed, 574 are still on-going and 584 are ready for implementation and the rest are under preparatory stage.
Caraga and Region 12 lead in the implementation with P235 million under its portfolio. Region 12 has total projects of 765 where 389 of which have been completed and turned over to POs.
The Caraga region has a total subprojects of 689 where 356 have been completed.
Region 10 follows closely having accessed P232.21 million for its covered towns. The region has a total of 767 subprojects where 352 completed.
ARMM has a total portfolio of 227 million for its 506 projects; Region 11 has a portfolio of P157.50 million with a total of 531 subprojects; and Region 9 P139.75 million for 444 projects.
“Aside from the number of completed subprojects, we are also glad that we are attaining our goal to benefit 30 percent of women and indigenous peoples,” Ramos added.
In its mid-term assessment, CFAD has benefited a total of 30,913 IPs or close to 25 percent of the total beneficiaries, while women count reaches 54,359 or close to 44 percent of the total beneficiaries.