Foreign Assisted Projects (FAPs)

DAR, through the Foreign Assisted Projects Office (FAPsO), continues to pursue the mobilization of resources through development of new ODA projects and accelerating explanatory talks with the Development Partners (DPs).

Two major ODA projects were approved in 2011, namely the Italian Assistance to Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (IARCDSP) and Japan-assisted Mindanao Sustainable Agricultural and Agrarian Reform Project (MINSAAD).

Likewise, the FAPsO management and technical staff incessantly sharpened their management and technical expertise on the development and implementation of on-going, evolving innovative approaches and strategies that are more responsive to the growing needs of the beneficiaries. The Department continues to explore and adopt more responsive mechanisms to ensure that the development interventions are implemented in the most cost efficient methods, funds and other resources are judiciously expended, and that projects benefits/outcomes are sustained and institutionalized, deriving the optimum benefit for the ARBs and their families, farmer organizations and communities. By the end of 2011, six (6) more projects were in the pipeline and in are currently undergoing the various stages of review by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).  

Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (ARISP III) 

The Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (ARISP III) is a 6-year development project of the Department of Agrarian Reform with the primary goal of reducing poverty by agri-enterprise development, food security and enhancement of economic activities for 136 ARCs throughout the country. The project involves provision of Rural Infrastructures such as irrigation facilities, farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities, and rural water supply systems; Agrarian Information and Marketing Centers; Organizational/Institutional Development; and Agricultural & Agri-enterprise Development in the ARCs through appropriate training and capacity building approaches.  Assisted by the Government of Japan/JICA.

Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP 2)

The Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP 2) is aimed to reduce poverty and thus improve the socio-economic status of the identified communities in selected ARCs and ARC clusters. Specifically, the project aims to increase the income of the ARBs and other farmers in the project areas and to contribute to improved quality of life in the ARC in a sustainable manner. The project is expected to achieve the following outcomes: i) improve to access to livelihood access to livelihood assets by the rural poor including the landless farm workers [EU1]; ii) develop sustainable livelihood, agribusinesses and long lasting improvements in the well-being of the poor and marginalized groups in the target communities. Assisted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)/OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (IARCDSP)

The IARCDSP is a six-year development project funded by the Italian Government with a goal to address rural poverty and promote sustainable development in rural Mindanao. It shall deliver a package of integrated and complementary interventions consisting of (i) Community Infrastructure Development, (ii) Agriculture and Enterprise Development, (iii) Local Capacity Building and (iv) Project Management. It covers thirty-five (35) ARCs in four (4) provinces of Region XII and ARMM, specifically Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.

Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project (MinSAAD)

MinSAAD is an integrated, area-based approach to rural and agriculture development which will build on innovative approaches, effective strategies, best practices and lessons learned from other projects of DAR. It is funded by a bilateral loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and will be implemented by the DAR within five (5) years (effective dates July 2012-July 2016).  The objective of the project is to increase agricultural productivity, product value, and income of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and other small-scale farmers through the provision of small-scale infrastructure and agricultural support systems including organizational capacity building support, thereby contributing to increased competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture in the project areas spanning twelve (12) settlements within seven (7) provinces in three (3) regions in Mindanao.  Assisted by the Government of Japan/JICA.

Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo (TPKP) 

The project involves construction, installation, and establishment of “universal bridges” (unibridges) in priority Agrarian Reform Communities and CARP covered areas. It aims to promote rural development by linking the ARCs in the economic mainstream and open up development potentials in order to increase productivity and income. Assisted by the Government of France

Bridge Construction Project for Expanded Agrarian Reform Communities Development (Umiray Bridge)

This project involves the construction of Umiray  bridge in order to improve access of 11 ARCs in the province of Quezon   Completion of the project is expected to ease transport of ARB products, improve mobility of people and hasten economic activities in the area.  Location of project: Dingalan, Aurora and Gen. Nakar, Quezon. Assisted by the Government of Japan/JICA

Philippine-Israel Center for Agricultural Training (PICAT II) Expansion

The project assists in the development of an integrated strategy for agrarian reform and rural development.  It complements the existing programs of government and rationalizes the same through the synchronization and harmonization of programs, plans and budgets for more effective and efficient rural development process.  It is specifically aimed at institutionalizing a scientific and systematic mechanism for cooperation/collaboration, coordination, networking and information management between and among concerned agencies, institutions, civil societies and sectors that will synchronize development plans and programs and orchestrate the implementation of the development process. Project coverage: Region III provinces.  Assisted by the Government of Israel.
In Country Training Program II (ICTP-II)

The project aims to strengthen capacity of ARBs, peoples’ organizations, project implementers and partners in sustaining the gains from development interventions in the ARCs through (1) adoption of appropriate farming and enterprise technologies; (2) strengthening of farmers’ organizations through the establishment of livelihood and economic enterprises and services, improvement of organizational, financial and enterprise management practices; (3) enhancement of ARB and ARC organizations’ skills in operation and maintenance of physical infrastructure facilities; and (4) strengthening ARBs and ARC organizations’ capacity to sustain support services  and integration of program interventions in ARC development.  Assisted by the Government of Japan/JICA.