Gov’t welcomes proposals from LGUs that want to tap PRDP for funding
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it now welcomes proposals from local government units (LGU) that intend to tap the World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) to finance some of their agriculture projects.
Cirilo Namoc, the PRDP’s national deputy project director, said that LGUs with no approved sub-projects but have signified interest and commitment in the PRDP by submitting proposals will be accommodated and given top consideration under the prioritization system.
While the PRDP has received sizeable number of subproject proposals especially in infrastructure, there are still provinces that have yet to access assistance from the Project.
To date, there are still 9 of 81 targeted provinces that have yet to receive financial assistance from the PRDP.
Namoc added that proposals must be linked to the approved Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP), otherwise these will be deferred until the required document has been produced.
“Proposals satisfying the two conditions will automatically be placed on top of the priority list and will be exempt from all succeeding assessments,” Namoc added.
He clarified, however, that only subproject per LGU will be given automatic priority for review. In case of multiple proposals, the rest will be subjected to prioritization.
Additionally, proposals of LGUs with unresolved grievances relating to non-conformance to PRDP procurement and finance guidelines will be put on hold until the grievances have been settled.