Aimed at eliciting knowledge and views on the present planning, programming and budgeting processes at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit (DA-RFU) level including the process’ strengths and weaknesses as well as status of harmonization and mainstreaming of these processes and identifying roles of key stakeholders, a Focused Group Discussion (FGD) and Key Informant Interview (KII) was conducted by the Sustainable Development Solutions, Inc. (SDS) for the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) held at the DA-RFO I Conference Room on January 10, 2014..
SDS is a private consultancy firm commissioned by the DA-PRDP to conduct the survey and elicit specific information and opinion to describe situations of the program areas before the implementation of the program. Data generated will be used as baseline data for PRDP results indicators to be used in the results monitoring of the program. A team from SDS represented by Dr. Jerry Leones, Ms. Elisea Adem and Ms. Analisa Carullo spearheaded the activity.
Invited participants were various agencies as identified by SDS Inc. to comprise the FGD and as key respondents for the KII. These include representatives from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Regional Agriculture & Fisheries Council (RAFC), Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Ilocos Agricultural Resources Research & Development Consortium (ILARRDEC), SUCs, and the Provincial Planning Development Coordinators of major producing provinces of mango, peanut and Goat which is identified as the top 3 commodities of Region I for PRDP.
From the Regional Program Coordinating Office – Region I (RPCO 1), also present during the activity were the Unit heads of the different components and RPCO I Head & DA-RFO 1 Regional Technical Director for Operations Dr. Paz L. Mones.
Meanwhile, following this important pre-implementation activity under PRDP was also the conduct of Household Survey which is the third methodology employed for the PRDP Baseline Survey.
Still conducted by SDS, the household Survey aims to collect reliable baseline information which will be used as basis for measuring significant changes over time brought about by the program. Covered areas of the survey are the top mango production areas of La Union and Ilocos Norte. # Adapted News, DA-RFO 1