The MIMAROPA Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) recently approved P73.5M worth of micro enterprises and regular enterprise development (I-REAP) sub projects from the provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Palawan. The RPAB will endorse five sub-projects from the said provinces for the issuance of no objection letters.

“Today, we shall all be positive. And so our output for the day will be the positive approval of the projects,” said Occidental Mindoro Congresswoman Josephine R. Sato who also attended the business meeting.

The first regular sub project that was approved was the P50M worth expansion of fish landing and establishment of cold storage facility in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. It was proposed by the Municipality of Sablayan with the Occidental Mindoro Provincial Project Management and Implementation Unit (PPMIU). As presented by PPMIU I-PLAN Component Head Elmer Veracruz, the project aims to benefit the fisherfolk in the province where tuna fish is their priority commodity.

The three micro enterprises from Marinduque which were already approved by the board had to go under a second review because of the changes in cost. as presented by Marinduque PPMIU Head Marian Cunanan, these projects are the Nangka coco coir processing  worth P1.32M, and arrowroot production and processing worth P1.34M.

Micro enterprises, formerly known as small livelihood projects, are sub projects under the Philippine Rural Development Project with the objective of helping calamity stricken farmers and fisherfolk in building back their sources of income and forms of livelihood.

The Palawan cashew processing center in Roxas, Palawan also had to undergo another review because of the change in its implementing agency. Municipal Projects Management and Implementation Unit representative Rodrigo Bernardo Jr. presented the said enterprise worth P19.54M that will soon be implemented by the Roxas Municipal Government instead of the provincial local government unit.

The business meeting was facilitated by the MIMAROPA Regional Project Coordination Office let by Department of Agriculture (DA) MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Atty. Cipriano Santiago. It was attended by representatives from the Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Council (RAFC), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

By: Leira Vic Colongan, DA MIMAROPA