Philippines: Agrarian Reform Communities Project

Date: December 2012
Type: Evaluation Reports
Country:
Subject:
Agriculture and natural resources; Evaluation
Series: Validations of Project Completion Reports
Project Number: 30540-013

Description

The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law and its implementing framework were introduced in 1988 by the government to address the limitations of the previous programs that had been focused on land distribution, by incorporating a package of support services in land redistribution. The agrarian reform communities that were selected by the Agrarian Reform Communities Project financed by the ADB were among the most disadvantaged communities in the Philippines, both in terms of income and living standards. This could be attributed to the lack of agriculture support services, rural infrastructure development, and policy reforms in the sector that could have complemented land distribution in the past. Although many beneficiaries had already received titles to their lands, their agrarian reform communities lacked farm-to-market roads, potable water, communal irrigations, post-harvest facilities, and ancillary support services. The government’s strategy for agrarian reform community development was meant to complement the land distribution activity. It involved comprehensive participatory bottom-up planning processes to identify the priority needs of agrarian reform beneficiaries and implement measures to meet their needs.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project which aims to increase and sustain agricultural production and productivity in selected agrarian reform communities, improve access to potable water, improve access to infrastructure and sustain ownership and support services by local stakeholders in the Philippines. IED overall assessment: Successful

Contents

  • Project Basic Data
  • Project Description
  • Evaluation of Performance and Ratings
  • Other Performance Assessments
  • Overall Assessment, Lessons, and Recommendations
  • Other considerations and Follow-up