Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 07 Dec 2006
PDS Updated as of 15 Apr 2008

Project Name Agrarian Reform Communities
Country Philippines
Project/Program Number 30540-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location the Project covers 33 provinces in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and ARMM.
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Agriculture and Natural Resources
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Most of the Project activities will not have significant adverse environmental impacts. For irrigation and road subprojects (which may have significant environmental impact), conducting an environmental assessment will be a requirement of the subproject feasibility studies.

A social impact assessment was completed. Comprehensive consultations with the beneficiaries and surveys were carried out at the ARC and LGU levels, and the findings of these consultations, as well as relevant lessons learned from other similar projects are included in the Project design.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Comprehensive beneficiary and stakeholder consultations took place during Project formulation. Most of the proposed activities are devolved to the LGUs, and equity participation by stakeholders involving participatory bottom-up planning by beneficiaries, NGOs, and LGUs.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The Project will increase the income of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs), improve their quality of life by providing basic infrastructure and development support services, and increase agricultural production. Out of 984 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) nationwide, the Project will assist about 140 ARCs, selected on the basis of comprehensive criteria. The Project has four components: (a) Rural Infrastructure which includes access infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.; communal irrigation; and potable water supply; (b) Land Survey for about 100,000 ha public lands; (c) Development Support Services, namely, for Agriculture, Rural Enterprise, Community and Institutional Development. In addition, credit will be provided by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) from its own resources for agricultural production and enterprise investments; and (d) Project Management and Capacity Building.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ARCs are among the most disadvantaged communities in the Philippines, both in terms of income as well as living standards. Previously, agrarian reform in the Philippines failed to meet its objectives because land distribution was not complemented by support services and infrastructure development. Under the present agrarian reform program, many beneficiaries have already received title to land. However, their ARCs remain without much needed support services and infrastructure. The Government's ARC development strategy complements the land distribution activity. The Project supports this strategy.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Dec 07
Consulting Services
A total of 169 person-months specialized services from domestic consultants, and 48 contractual domestic professionals are required for the duration of the Project.
Goods and services for the Project will be procured in accordance with the Bank's Guidelines for Procurement. For civil works, procurement will mainly be undertaken by local competitive bidding. Small, relatively straightforward civil works may be undertaken by LGUs under force account.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 15 Sep 1997 to 30 Sep 1997
Management Review Meeting 03 Dec 1997
Approval 18 Dec 1998
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1667 18 Dec 1998 01 Mar 1999 31 Jul 1999 31 Dec 2005 01 Dec 2007 26 Dec 2008

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Manoshi Mitra (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Department of Agrarian Reform
*Mr. Vince N. Camba


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