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Joint DA-WB mission to review rural development project

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A joint mission from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the World Bank (WB) will assess the progress of two projects under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

The review will be held from April 22 to May 9, 2024.

The World Bank team will assess how well the projects are meeting its goals. This includes checking on finances, how the fund is being spent and how contracts are awarded.

Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. and WB country manager Ndiame Diope will lead the three-week mission with a kick-off meeting and opening of the DA-PRDP Exhibit at the DA Central Office in Quezon City.

The exhibit will showcase the PRDP’s 10-year evolution, major accomplishments, success stories and the products of its supported rural enterprises.

Experts from the DA and World Bank will discuss key areas like managing finances, sharing knowledge and evaluating project success.

The team will also visit project sites in the Visayas and Mindanao to see the progress firsthand and meet with local officials involved in the projects.

The mission also includes a discussion on using digital tools to improve agriculture. This aims to bring together government officials and private companies to develop new digital solutions for farms and businesses.

The mission will conclude on May 9, 2024 with a final meeting where the WB will share its findings and recommendations, along with an overall assessment of the projects’ performance.

The review is conducted twice a year to ensure that World Bank-funded projects are on track in the delivery of optimized objectives.


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