IFAD annual country programme review (ACPor)
Sagada, Mountain Province – In its quest for an improved performance in programs/projects, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is currently conducting its three-day Annual Country Program Review (ACPoR) at Rock Inn, Sagada, Mountain Province this February 5 to 8, 2019.
The review-workshop comes with the theme, “Promoting inclusive agricultural value chains for sustainable rural development,” and is hosted by the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Field Office – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-RFO-CAR) Scaling Up of the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2 SU).
According to Engineer Beverly T. Pekas, DA-RFO-CAR Provincial Coordination Officer for Mountain Province, the ACPoR for the Philippines is conducted regularly with the participation of the IFAD-assisted projects (Loans and Grants), oversight and lead government agencies and implementing partners.
Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr., together with the officials and community leaders of Sagada, welcomed the guests, participants and organizers of the activity during the Welcome Dinner on the evening of February 5.
“Choosing Sagada as your venue for this ACPoR event is very significant as Mountain Province has been a recipient of IFAD assistance from HADP to CHARMP1 and CHARMP2 and now, CHARMP2 Scale Up. Through these projects, rural infrastructure such as farm to market accesses (e.g., FMRs, footpaths, footbridges), communal irrigation systems, domestic water systems and multipurpose warehouses were constructed, rehabilitated, repaired and/ or improved,” Lacwasan said.
“Moreover, farmers were able to avail of livelihood projects as well as agroforestry and reforestation projects. On behalf of the people of Mountain Province, therefore, I extend our profoundest gratitude to IFAD and DA-CAR for all these assistance. Without you, we could not have not gone this far. May our partnershipcontinue to be fortified as we go on with our common vision ofempowering our people towards a better future by increasing theirincome so that in time, every family could afford to buy its basic daily needs,” he added.
Dr. Cameron P. Odsey, CHARM2 Project Manager and DA-CAR-RFO OIC- Regional Executive Director, stated that the ACPoR is a platform for the IFAD-assisted programs/projects in the country through which stakeholders can relate experiences, share good practices and identify major policies and operational constraints which emerged from the implementation of the country programs.
“At the end of the review, the participants are expected to agree on concrete actions to improve the performance of individual programs/projects and the overall country program to make it more advantageous to the beneficiaries,” he said.
Odsey also said that since the IFAD annual review is a country-wide activity, participants comprise of officials and other staff under IFAD-assisted programs and projects from Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. Furthermore, he said that representatives from the Department of Budget and Management, the Asian Development Bank and from the Department of Finance will be joining the review.
Parts of the event are workshops on identifying challenges, opportunities, and themes for action plan for 2019, sessions on the good practices to be applied for grant projects and presentations of outputs on the different workshops.
In attendance to the review from IFAD-Philippines are Alessandro Marini, Country Director; Jerry Pacturan, Country Program Officer; Vivian Azore, Country Program Assistant; and Adrian Cristobal, Visual Artist/ IT staff.
Other guests include Dr. Pedcris Orencio, Program Head, Research and Development, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA); Esther Penunia, Executive Director, Asian Farmers Association; Lawrence Nelson Guevara, Evaluation Officer, Asian Development Bank; Diego Naziri, CIP-Foodstart, Yolando Arban, Adviser, IFAD-Philippines; Jimmy Williams, SEARCA; and Dr. Aida Pagtan, Information Officer, DA-CAR.
Meanwhile, community elders Joseph Capuyan, Abeya Sumedca and Esteban Bosaing conducted a prayer-ritual to harness blessings and abundance for all participants and for the province as a whole during the welcome dinner.
The Bangaan Cultural Group was also present to entertain the guest-participants to said annual event. **NDRA