July 5, 2017

GUBAT, SORSOGON – About two months after the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) conducted the Training on Community Participation (CP) for LGU and Proponent Group Procurement Committee, calamity-stricken fisherfolk in Gubat and Prieto Diaz receive 20 non-motorized fiberglass boats worth P20,500 each.

During the Turn-Over Ceremony of Fiberglass Non-Motorized Boats held on July 3, 2017, members of the Rural Improvement Club of Bagacay and Carayat Seaweed Farmers Association were awarded 10 non-motorized fiberglass boats each which they purchased using the PRDP’s CP mode of procurement. Under CP and CFA, each proponent group organized a procurement committee composed of a chairman and two members who took charge of getting quotations from three suppliers. They then assessed the submitted quotations and prepared the abstract of quotations prior to the awarding of purchase order to the winning supplier.


This is part of the Project’s effort to capacitate its beneficiaries in adopting the PRDP procurement method in their own organizations’ procurement process.

“Makabagong procurement process ang ginamit ta digdi para mapadali ang proyekto nindo kaya mas madali su pagbakal kan saindong mga baroto (We used modern procurement process here to fast track the implementation of your project that is why these boats were easily purchased),” PRDP-Bicol Deputy Project Director and I-REAP Component Head Adelina Losa said. She added that PRDP uses geotagging technology, another innovative tool pioneered by the Project, in all procurement activities. She also encouraged the provincial local government unit to submit proposals for infrastructure development (I-BUILD) that will support the microenterprise subprojects.

Candelaria Esplana, chairperson of Carayat Seaweed Farmers’ Association, said that Typhoon Nona totally devastated the seaweed farmers’ sources of livelihood. They were clueless about where to begin until they were connected with PRDP’s enterprise development (I-REAP) component. Esplana mentioned that the fiberglass boats, which are of higher quality, will enable them to do deep-sea seaweed farming.

Yolanda de Leon, chairperson of the Rural Improvement Club of Bagacay, narrated how her organization suffered from damage caused by Typhoon Nona. A Gawad Saka 2015 awardee, de Leon used their P350,000 cash prize to replant seaweeds. Using the new non-motorized fiberglass boats, de Leon is assured that her members can easily gather their seaweeds whenever there is an impending typhoon. She added that these will help increase their volume of production as they plan to expand their market for dried seaweeds. 

Using the CP, PRDP will also provide 25 tons of seaweed propagules to five proponent groups with approved microenterprise subprojects in Sorsogon’s calamity-stricken areas. On May 15, 2017, 20 non-motorized fiberglass boats were delivered to the Samahang Mangingisda ng Tomalaytay and the Samahang Mangingisda ng Gimaloto. Ten more non-motorized fiberglass boats will be delivered to Cogon Fisherfolk Organization in Castilla on July 14, 2017. (Annielyn L. Baleza, DA-PRDP RPCO V InfoACE Unit)