Philippines: Agrarian Reform Communities II

Sovereign Project | 37749-012 Status: Closed

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Project Name Agrarian Reform Communities II
Project Number 37749-012
Country Philippines
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4390-PHI: Agrarian Reform Communities II
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 250,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming

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.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Southern Philippines
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will be implemented over a six-month period from January to June 2005 by a team of international (3 person-month) and domestic consultants (20 person-months). The expertise will include agrarian reform and social development, rural development planning, rural infrastructure development, agribusiness and rural enterprise development, micro finance, legal aspects, environmental impact assessment and mitigation. Consultants will be selected by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants using quality and cost-based selection (QCBS).
Responsible ADB Officer Muhammad Ehsan Khan
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Agrarian Reform
Jose Mari Ponce, Undersecretary
Quezon Memorial Circle Quezon City, Philippines Tel No. 99-70-31
Concept Clearance 09 Mar 2004
Fact Finding 02 Jun 2004 to 21 Jun 2004
Approval 14 Sep 2004
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 26 Apr 2006
Last PDS Update 19 Feb 2007

TA 4390-PHI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Sep 2004 15 Oct 2004 15 Oct 2004 30 Sep 2005 30 Jun 2006 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 14 Sep 2004 218,927.84
Title Document Type Document Date
Preparing the Agrarian Reform Communities Project II Technical Assistance Reports Sep 2004

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