“Of his many assertions, I was pinned at a single statement: that ‘CY 2013 will be the banner year for PBD implementation’ says ARDO Paramon D. Furigay referring to the challenge posted by Assistant Secretary Jerry E. Pacturan in a planning conference held in Pampanga by the Field Operations Office last January 9-11, 2013.
RD Ayson discussing strategies on how to attain 2013 targets
ARDO Furigay discussing LTI and PBD 2013 Thrusts and Directives
ARDA Follante as she presents new administrative and finance guidelines and policies
Accepting the challenge, DAR Region II summoned different point-persons and implementers of the various Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) projects and programs immediately. They held a conference-workshop on the preparation of the complementation plan and PBD work and financial plan last January 21, 2013 at Las Palmas. With the release of 2013 Thrusts and Directives by the Central Office, some of the PBD projects have to be realigned for configuration and revisited for further improvement.
OIC-RD Marjorie P. Ayson confirms highlighting PBD implementation this year is not a swing of focus from Land Acquisition Distribution (LAD) program since the main core of the DAR REGION II is LAD. Nevertheless they wanted to make an effort for the Region’s performance in PBD at par with LAD. It can be recalled that the region’s accomplishment in LAD for year 2012 situated them among the top performers, landing at third place among all the regions nationwide.
Expansion of Projects, Tighter Rein on Deadlines
Aside from updating the plans and projects based on the new directives, CARPO Cornelio G. Palos presented the new Planning Matrix known as the “Form 1” which specifies the various requirements per project proposal including a definite time frame. “We need enough quality project proposals to take off for the first quarter of the year,” Ayson stressed to the team as she herself logged their commitments on dates and deadlines per project or program.
Revisiting 2012 Accomplishments
The support services delivery of Region II yielded more than 100% accomplishment per performance indicator for the year 2012. Priority indicators for PBD include the Micro-finance assistance to ARBs, Gender-Responsive Training for ARBs and Provision of assistance to ARB organizations. Accomplishments in these three indicators involve the following figures:
Figure 1 2012 Accomplishments Vis-a-Vis Targets in PBD per Priority Indicator
Targets were also surpassed in other indicators such as in the Social Infrastructure and Local Capability Building (SILCAB) program where 3,831 new ARB members were absorbed in organization. Under the Sustainable Agribusiness and Enterprise Development (SARED), 35 new organizations and 7,403 ARBs were provided with credit while 29 products and services were developed. DAR Region II completed a total of 123 km. of Farm-to-market roads (FMR), 756 hectares of irrigation system, 610 meters of new bridges and 14 new units of Post-harvest facilities (PHF) as part of its physical infrastructure projects under the Access Enhancement and Access Facilitation (AFAES) program. DAR Region II’s delivery of Basic Social Services for year 2012 involved 128 units for the Potable Water System benefitting 2,808 households. Ninety three Barangay health units were either constructed or rehabilitated in year 2012 catering to 2,610 households in Isabela. In addition, there are 18 newly constructed school classrooms and other renovated rooms in Isabela and Quirino. Targets were doubly achieved in the enrolment of ARBs in Philhealth and other health care providers with a total of 18,043 new members.
In contrast to the region’s 2012 targets, DAR Region II competently discharged its duties under the Agrarian Justice Delivery program with the following accomplishments in its Judicial, Quasi-judicial, Agrarian Law Implementation (ALI) cases and Conciliation/Mediation cases:
Table 1: 2012 Agrarian Justice Delivery Accomplishments
Concerning accomplishments in the Adjudication of Agrarian Reform cases, Region II charted 91.16% accomplishment with 1,166 cases resolved this year and 277 post-judgment orders/resolutions.
Forward with the Goal: New and Continuing Projects and Programs
The final list of projects and programs expected to concretize this year for the beneficiaries were revealed in a conference-workshop held in Las Palmas. Other than the materialization of worthwhile projects, stakeholders can expect an exhaustive implementation of different programs.
Table 2: 2013 Projects and Programs under PBD
While DARRO targeted the drafting and refurbishing of PBD projects and programs, it sought relief from problems restraining their full implementation by providing new strategies. Some of which include regular monitoring and feedback mechanism, clear delineation of accountabilities of the RD and PAROs and the monthly reconciliation of data with partner agencies of DAR to facilitate release/completion of transactions. These strategies will be in aid with the project implementation in order to ensure delivery of targets.