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NEWSLETTER

LFP Year-End Performance Review Held

Guests of Honor: (at Presidential Table, from left) Dir. Rudy Guieb, Gov. Junie Cua, Mayor Renato Ylanan, (back) Dir. Andrew Villacorta

The Year-End Performance Review and Action Planning for Locally-Funded Projects (LFPs) was held in Villa Caridad Resort, Maddela, Quirino Province on February 15 18, 2011. It was hosted by the Casecnan Social Measures Project with the assistance of the Provincial Government of Quirino and Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office II (DA-RFO II).

The activity was facilitated by the Special Projects Coordination and Management Assistance Division (SPCMAD) under the Field Operations Service of the Department of Agriculture (DA-FOS). It was attended by around fifty (50) key representatives from the 14 LFPs, DA-SPCMAD, DA-Financial Management Service (FMS)-Accounting, DA RFU XI, DA RFO II, PLGU-Quirino, and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The Guests of Honor are Governor Junie Cua of Quirino Province, Mayor Renato Ylanan of Maddela Municipality, Regional Executive Director Andrew Villacorta of DA RFO II, and Dir. Rodolfo Guieb of DA-FOS. The DIDP-PMO was represented by Engr. Grace L. Magalona, Acting Assistant Executive Director, and Ms. Marila Lucernas Corpuz, Acting Finance Officer.

After the preliminaries, Ms. Adamar Estrada, Technical Unit Head of DA SPCMAD, presented the Meeting Rationale and Objectives, Highlights of the Previous Meeting and DA-LFPs Portfolio. The 14 LFPs of DA are distributed according to 3 categories: 1) Integrated Area Development Program 5 LFPs, 2) Support to Peace Process 5 LFPs, 3) Other Sectors 4 LFPs. Total Project Cost from 2003-2016 is P7.3 Billion, with Socsksargen Project having the biggest share of P1.9 Billion, and Pagkain Para sa Masa (PPSM) with the lowest share of P7.36 Million. DIDP, on the other hand, has the third biggest share with P 941.5 Million. After Ms. Estrada's presentation, the LFPs took turns in presenting the status of their projects.

The accomplishment of the DIDP IFSP for CY 2009 and CY 2010 was presented by Engr. Grace L. Magalona. Out of ten (10) Farm to Market Road Projects for CY 2009, eight (8) were completed and two (2) are still on-going. For CY 2010, out of sixteen (16) FMRs, only four (4) were completed, three (3) are ongoing and nine (9) are for implementation. Issues and concerns were raised by DA-FMS-Accounting Division after DIDP's presentation. In particular, they questioned the poor implementation and low absorptive capacity of the LGUs with regards to CY 2010 FMR Projects. The DIDP representative cited some reasons: first, the new set of Local Officials which assumed office on July 1, 2010 necessitated the re-presentation of the projects that are lined up for implementation last year and caused some delays in the submission of the requirements for the release of the project funds. Second, the delayed submission of Liquidation Reports caused the delay of releases of the second and final tranches of the project funds. Lastly, continuous heavy rains experienced in some of the project sites hampered the progress of the project implementation. In order to address these concerns, DIDP recommended the holding of regular coordination meetings which should include representatives from the participating departments within the LGU such as Planning, Engineering, Agriculture, Accounting and COA. DIDP-wide meetings are already being conducted by DA RFU XI; however, the LGU should also hold its own coordination meetings to mitigate project delays.

After the project presentations, the new directive on the implementation of Farm-to-Market Roads was discussed, based on the instruction issued during the 2nd Cabinet Meeting held last July 20, 2010. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)were instructed to do away with road graveling projects and replace them with good quality roads. All LFPs, however, requested for the issuance of a Memorandum from Sec. Proceso Alcala for more detailed instructions on the matter. The different cost-sharing schemes among DA projects were also tackled, and the RFUs are instructed to follow the latest cost-sharing scheme provided by the DA Top Management. DA SPCMAD also informed all LFPs that there will be no budget allocation for production support services starting CY 2011.

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