In 1986, Engr. Pacito “Chito” U. Tapire started his career as a laboratory aide for the Escalante-Vallehermoso road construction project in Negros Occidental. His main task was to test and inspect road construction materials. Thirty years after, Tapire, now a Municipal Engineer in San Antonio, Quezon shared that whenever he crosses the Escalante, Daan Lungsod, and Calampisauan bridges, he feels proud as the bridges are still in existence and functional.
To enhance the institutional and planning capacities of stakeholders in targeted Global Environment Facility (GEF) areas, the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP)-Bicol and South Luzon team conducted a series of stakeholders’ consultation in Matnog and Bulan, Sorsogon on October 12-13, 2016.
The stakeholders’ consultations focused on the finalization of the proposals for the Fish Sanctuary and Marine Reserve Rehabilitation (FSMR) of the Community-Based Coastal Ecosystem Protection, and Biodiversity Conservation in Brgy. Calintaan, Matnog, Sorsogon as well as the Rehabilitation of the Butag Bay Fish Sanctuary and Marine Reserve in Butag, Bulan, Sorsogon.
Is the right activity implemented in the right place? That is a major question being asked by the Philippine Rural Development Project’s (PRDP) management as part of its mission to lead reforms in implementing government projects. This is made easier using science-based tools developed by the Project’s Geomapping and Governance Unit (GGU).
GGU continues to train more project partners and staff in using science-based tools such as Applied Geotagging Technology (AGT) and Expanded Vulnerability and Suitability Assessment (E-VSA). About 50 participants from municipal and provincial local government units and proponent groups in South Luzon attended the training on the use of AGT and E-VSA held in Albay on October 17-21, 2016. Joseph Pacon, Alternate GGU Head of the National Project Coordination Office (NPCO), coached the participants on the application of E-VSA, digital cartography using Quantum Geographic Information System (GIS), and data management or processing of geotagging photos.
NAGA CITY – The DA-DAR-DENR-DILG National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) in tandem with the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) is set to launch Project Cistern. Modeled after Brazil’s Zero Hunger Strategy, the project will install water harvesting facilities in farms under PAHP and occupied by agrarian reform beneficiaries to utilize rainwater in irrigation and combat water shortage during El Nino.