PRDP partner agencies to support geonet and arrowroot industries in Marinduque

The Provincial Government of Marinduque through the Provincial Project Management and Implementing Unit (PPMIU) facilitated the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on August 9 at the Dr. Damian Reyes Memorial Hall. This is to institutionalize support for the implementation of the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP).

The momentous event was attended by representatives of partner agencies that include the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).

Representatives of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and the Marinduque State College (MSC) also participated in the MOU signing.

Governor Carmencita Reyes attended the activity which was organized by the local and national level planning (I-PLAN) components of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) South Luzon Project Support Office (PSO) and the MIMAROPA Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO). RPCO enterprise development (I-REAP) component’s Business Development Officer Daisy Nazarrea was also present together with the staff of the Provincial Planning and Development Office and Provincial Agriculture Office.

The parties have agreed on the approved PCIP of Marinduque, which will be the primary reference for the local government, the Department of Agriculture, and its partner government agencies in the planning and budgeting process to support the agriculture and fishery development in the province.

The PCIP and the interagency convergence will also help identify agri investments and will become a platform to institutionalize synergistic partnership among various government agencies and other stakeholders in addressing gaps and constraints in the arrowroot and coconut (geonets) value chains.

In addition, the platform on the MOU is expected to enhance public-private partnership to scale up support to develop the province’s priority commodities.

The signatories of the MOU solely understood to mainstream and harmonize support in the execution of convergence activities in support of the arrowroot and coconut (geonets) and in line with the implementation of the PCIP of Marinduque.

Photo by Jhoanna Kris Sager, DA-PRDP Marinduque PPMIU InfoACE Unit

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