LFP Midyear Assessment Held in Palawan
The Midyear Assessment Meeting for all Locally-Funded Projects of the Department of Agriculture was held in Fleuris Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on August 2 - 5, 2011. It was hosted by 4-H Club Youth Development Program under the Department of Agriculture Flagship Program through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI). The activity was attended by around 70 key staff from the different projects composed of Planning and Finance Officers and Project Focal Persons. Guests of honor include Asterio Saliot, Director of ATI, Mr. Leo Bachiller from the Office of the City Agriculturist of Puerto Princesa, and representatives from the Department of Budget and Management and DA-FMS-Accounting Division. The DIDP-PMO was represented by Engr. Grace L. Magalona, Acting Assistant Executive Director, Ms. Marila Lucernas Corpuz, Acting Finance Officer, and Rhoderick A. Aviles, Project Development Officer.
The accomplishment for infrastructure support facilities of the DIDP for CY 2009, 2010 and 2011 was presented by Engr. Grace L. Magalona. Out of Ten (10) Farm to Market Road Projects for CY 2009 covering 10 Municipalities /Cities, 9 were completed and 1 is still on-going. For CY 2010, out of 15 FMRs with 17.01 kms and 2 bridges with 34 lms., only 8 FMRs were completed with 4.46 kms. and 1 bridge with 10 lms., 3 FMRs and 1 bridge are ongoing, while 4 FMRs are still for implementation. Over- all accomplishments are 41.82% for FMRs and 46.82% for bridges under CY 2010. Meanwhile, for 2011, 13 FMRs will be funded with a total project cost of P38.5 Million. Among the 14 Locally Funded Projects, only 6 agencies have a budget allocation for their projects under the CY 2012 Budget. One of these agencies is DIDP with a total allocation amounting to P86.611 Million, 110% higher from its CY 2011 allocation which is P41.232 Million only. For the other 8 agencies, their CY 2012 allocation will be for their operating expenses for the first 6 months of next year, after which they are expected to have completed/terminated all their carry-over projects funded during CY 2011. Effective 2012, lump sum appropriations in agency proposals will not be allowed according to Ms. Loida C. Wy, Chief Budget and Management Specialist of DBM. She also said that the conduct of thorough regional consultations on the distribution of agency programs shall be revived. Lastly, she urged the departments/agencies to consult the Civil Society Organizations (CSO), private sector and stakeholders in coming up with their plans and strategies. Meanwhile, Mr. Wilfredo Ruin of the DA Planning Service presented the DA programs and its 3 Goals: Goal 1 – food security improved and incomes increased through expansion of areas planted with high yielding variety seeds, generate new and rehabilitate existing irrigation, provide postharvest facilities, construct and rehabilitate more farm-to market roads, manage demand for rice and implement NFA reforms; Goal 2 – sector resilience to climate change risks increased by full integration of climate change adaptation measures in all programs and projects; and, Goal 3 – enhanced policy environment and governance by harmonization of support services on the ground that should result to elimination of wasteful duplication, better quality of services and wider coverage.