TACLOBAN CITY – Consistently looking for outside resources to combat poverty, Provincial Government of Northern Samar led by Governor Jose L. Ong Jr. welcomed the World Bank-Philippine Rural Development Project team that visited the province, May 15, Provincial Capitol Bldg, Catarman Northern Samar.

“Governor Jun Ong’s marching order is to provide livelihood projects for the marginalized fisherfolks and farmers and PRDP’s programs are very much aligned with this order,”said Provincial Vice Governor Gary Lavin.

The World Bank- PRDP team is led by Frauke Jungbluth and NPCO PRDP National Project Director Engineer Cirilo Namoc.

The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) is a World Bank assisted program to be implemented by the Department of Agriculture in 16 regions of the country.

It is a national government platform for a modern and climate-smart agriculture that will involve local government units and agri-fishery stakeholders in realizing the goals of the improved food security and increased incomes, climate resiliency and enhanced policy environment and governance as expressed in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP).

The program is supportive of the national development goals of inclusive growth, job creation and poverty reduction.

Moreover, it is aligned with the goals and priorities set out in the PDP 2011-2016 for a competitive and a sustainable agriculture and fisheries sector.

This will also provide a program-level support for the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997 (Republic Act 8435) and will advance the principles of Agrikulturang Pinoy (Agri Pinoy) of sustainable resource management, local development and full service delivery from farm to table.

Vice Governor Lavin lauded the efforts of World Bank PRDP team for coming over to oversee the Php 28 Billion projects for Northern Samar. “Their presence is crucial to further realize the future projects for the people of Northern Samar. We express our profound gratitude to this team from WB-PRDP for this visit, he said.” isumat.com