The TA shall start with a rapid review of the impact and lessons learned from the implementation of ARCP and other projects in support of CARP under other foreign assistance, as well as a review of policies and legal issuances, programs and sectoral analyses. The review will include the validation of the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of the ARC approach, and validate the new DAR proposed methodology of clustering ARCs in AR Zones. The review will examine strategies and activities carried out under the regular program of DAR and of the other line agencies involved in CARP implementation, to bring out best practices. As part of the review, the TA shall study the delays encountered by the land survey and titling process, to recommend institutional arrangements between DAR, DENR and other relevant stakeholders, to streamline the process.
Following the review, the TA will select ARZones which are clusters of ARCs within adjacent 2 or more municipalities. The TA team shall agree with DAR and ADB on criteria for selection of project sites which could be a combination of ARCP sites not yet fully developed, and new ARZones. A preliminary estimate is that the total ARCP II sites will have a combined population of some 30,000 ARB households (around 150,000-180,000 persons). The general approach will be to deal with the agrarian reform as a comprehensive development approach, rather than a sectoral concern in consonance with the spirit of convergence of economic and social development support to ARBs. On the basis of the agreed criteria, the TA will determine the final potential sites of the project, compiling their socio-economic profile and mapping the areas.
The TA will then firm up the methodologies for specific component planning and evaluation taking into consideration the local context. After the desk review and consultation with national program personnel of DAR, DENR, DA and the oversight agencies, the TA will conduct a series of regional and local consultations and dialogues to generate feedback on issues in the implementation of ARCP. Social aspects such as gender issues, women's and indigenous people's participation in the benefits of ARCP, and poverty reduction impact of the project will be analyzed, and measures which maximize social benefits will be built into ARCP II design.