Decentralized Loan Management Improves Infrastructure for Rural Productivity

Publication | June 2013

The government secured support from ADB through a $113 million loan that sought to improve infrastructure for rural productivity in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Mindanao, and the island provinces of Region IV.

This publication gives an overview of ADB's Philippine Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector Project, which has improved access to infrastructure, potable water supply, and communal irrigation for the rural poor.

Highlights

  • With 80% of the Philippines' poor living outside its cities, and many of them living on subsistence farming, improving the value chain for rural agriculture can improve the lives of millions.
  • A sprawling rural infrastructure development project encompassing four geographically scattered areas in southern Philippines can be better managed from the field.
  • Granting local government partners latitude and freedom to manage their projects promotes ownership and productivity.