PRDP to prioritize projects meant for climate resiliency
World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) will prioritize project proposals that are meant to improve the resiliency of communities to climate change.
This, as the Department of Agriculture (DA) started welcoming proposals from local government units (LGU) that intend to tap PRDP to finance some of their agriculture projects.
“In support of the Risk Resiliency and Sustainability Program of the Climate Change Cabinet Cluster, the Project has incorporated climate resiliency criteria into the prioritization scheme,” a statement from DA showed.
According to it, 10 bonus points will be provided to the proposals of the provinces located within identified high-risk and vulnerable water basins in the country, including Apayao, Zambales, Negros Oriental, Eastern Samar, Samar, Compostela Valley, North Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.
All proposals falling under the automatic priority category and those ranked based on the prioritization criteria will still be subject to further technical review.
Meanwhile, proposals from LGUs with previously approved applications will be subjected to further prioritization, which will consider the LGU’s performance in its past engagement with the PRDP and the type of the subproject being proposed.
More points will be given to LGUs proven to have conformed with the PRDP standards on procurement, disbursement, transparency, and social and environmental safeguards, among others.