37749-013: Agrarian Reform Communities Project II | Asian Development Bank

Philippines: Agrarian Reform Communities Project II

Sovereign (Public) Project | 37749-013 Status: Active

The Project will support the Government's Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) 2004-2010. It will pursue a holistic approach to poverty reduction by promoting an agribusiness approach to rural development. It will assist the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by addressing the most pressing requirements for support in 152 agrarian reform communities (ARCs) and ARC Clusters in 19 provinces in southern Philippines.

Project Details

Project Officer
Mukhamedyarova, Aliya Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Philippines
Modality
  • Loan
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Agrarian Reform Communities Project II
Project Number 37749-013
Country Philippines
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2465-PHI: Agrarian Reform Communities Project II
Ordinary capital resources US$ 70.00 million
Loan 8238-PHI: Agrarian Reform Communities Project II
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Irrigation - Rural flood protection - Rural market infrastructure - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development - Rural water supply services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Project will support the Government's Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) 2004-2010. It will pursue a holistic approach to poverty reduction by promoting an agribusiness approach to rural development. It will assist the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by addressing the most pressing requirements for support in 152 agrarian reform communities (ARCs) and ARC Clusters in 19 provinces in southern Philippines.

The long-term impact of the Project is to enable ARB households and other sections of the rural poor in approximately 152 selected ARCs and ARC Clusters (ARC Clusters will include target ARCs and ARBs and other farmers in adjacent areas) in 19 provinces (the provinces to be covered include Romblon, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Shariff Kabunsuan, Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Tawi Tawi, Basilan, and Sulu) to reduce their poverty, and have sustained improvements in their incomes and quality of life.

In order to achieve these impacts, the Project is expected to bring about long lasting improvements in the capabilities and well being of poor and marginalized groups in the target communities. In order to achieve the above outcomes of poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods, the Project will support the following outputs: (i) strong participation of local communities in the development process by the (a) enhancement of social capital among target communities through the use of a CDD approach, (b) detailed participatory ARC planning based on participation by the rural poor, as well as (c) improved capacity of ARC organizations and LGUs, for better governance and convergence in the provision of support services to target communities; (ii) agri enterprise development (AED)including (a) transfer of technology, (b) greater entrepreneurship among ARC organizations, (c) linkages between the private sector and corporate entities and ARC organizations, for increased investments into rural areas for growth, (d) wider prevalence of community based savings and lending groups for setting up sustainable micro-finance services among communities, (e) Land Tenure Improvement to improve security of land titles, enable investments into productivity enhancements, (iii) improved access to rural infrastructure, designed to provide a boost to improved production and productivity, and crop intensification; and (iv) improved project management.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Most of the rural poor in the Philippines are landless and land-poor households inhabiting rural areas in southern Luzon, Mindanao, and the Visayas. Their lack of equitable access to the means of production, including land, capital, irrigation, technology, information, employment opportunities, and markets, leads to deep poverty and low living standards. The Government's response to the widespread rural distress and unrest in the 1980s has been the CARP. CARP aims to acquire and redistribute all public and disposable alienable land suited to agriculture, as well as private agricultural lands above certain limits, irrespective of crops grown, to eligible ARBs. CARP includes support services to be provided to ARBs with a view to reducing their poverty and improving the sustainability of their landholdings. ADB has supported the implementation of CARP through its Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP).

Under the ARCP, ADB assisted the development coverage of 165 ARCs in 35 provinces. The ARCP has been successful in achieving most of its targets with high rates of utilization of project financing. Targets for most of the components have been exceeded, especially for rural infrastructure, which has had far-reaching effects on the access of target ARCs to processing facilities and bigger markets. Technology transfer for improving productivity and rural enterprise development has shown results in terms of sustainable increases in incomes for ARBs and other farmers. The ARCP has demonstrated the need for ensuring regular budgetary releases for project implementation. It has also brought home to both ADB and the Government the need for mainstreaming project management and for ensuring high standards of governance and fiduciary responsibility all around.

Building on lessons learned from the ARCP, as well as the lessons emerging from the impact assessments done for CARP (in 2003 and 2007) and other externally assisted projects, and in support of the priorities of the Government, the ARCP II will cover about 152 ARCs and 11 ARC clusters (target ARCs and ARBs and other farmers in adjacent areas) in 19 provinces. It will provide targeted support in precisely those areas where it is necessary to bring about fundamental change to enable the transformation of CARP lands into agribusiness lands. It will thus contribute to pro-poor economic growth and lead to equitable sharing of the benefits of growth across regions and rural poor communities

Impact Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and non ARBs in approximately 152 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) and 11 ARC Clusters have reduced poverty and have sustained improvements in incomes and quality of life.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Well-being of poor and marginalized groups in the target communities improved.
Progress Toward Outcome

Under the productivity improvement subcomponent, the executing agency had the following agri-enterprise development (AED) activities: (i) advisory services in the formulation and design of identified AED that were incorporated in the ARC cluster development plans; (ii) follow through of the systems for rice intensification program in some ARCs; and (iii) engagement of the high value vegetable production firm to carry out its operations for these crops.

Market linkages were established with private sector groups for AED for value-added activities in ginger, seaweed, organic rice, dried tomato, dried fish, cacao, coffee, coconut, and rubber production towards the development of existing products with high market potentials. Training and dialogues with community-based organizations engaged in value-adding enterprises and irrigators association officers assisted by the Project to ensure sustainability of project interventions.

Procurement of survey firms for land tenure improvement is still ongoing for the remaining target of the Project of 17,534.76 ha.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Output 1: CDD approach used by ARCs

Output 2: Agricultural productivity and incomes improved.

Output 3: Access to irrigation and markets improved.

Output 4: Project implementation and management.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The Project has approved 598 subprojects, of which 121 were delisted/withdrawn. Total number of subprojects is 477, of which 266 are rural access infrastructure with a total length of 936.37 km.

119 of access infrastructure SPs were constructed covering an estimated 370.89 km of farm-to-market roads.

6 irrigation SPs with a total service area of 2.080 has. were successfully rehabilitated and constructed; 8 SPs have ongoing construction with a total service area of 2,942.75 has.

Ongoing civil works construction activities:

147 access infrastructure, with a total length of 565.47 km

6 irrigation subprojects with a total service area of 2.080 has. and 8 units of level II potable water system (PWS).

Ongoing activities:

construction of 8 small-scale irrigation with a total service area of 2,942.75 has.; and 8 units of level II PWS

35 post-harvest facilities covering 45 units and 173 social infrastructure subprojects, consisting of 135 classrooms and 106 units of other social infrastructure such as multi-purpose centers/buildings, and health centers.

22 barangay health station SPs covering 22 units were successfully completed ; 5 SPs covering 5 units are being constructed.

21 day care centers SPs covering 21 units were successfully completed; 1 SP covering 1 unit is being constructed

20 multipurpose building SPs covering 20 units successfully completed construction; 17 SPs covering 17 units have ongoing construction.

Being assessed.

437 trainings and development plans were implemented.

152 ARC and 11 ARC clusters have detailed ARC development plans and were mainstreamed into the LGUs' annual investment plan. The 11 ARC cluster development plans are now integrated with the provincial development framework plans and provincial investment plans.

214 agrarian reform clusters (ARCs) were mobilized.

152 ARC working groups and rural infrastructure teams were formed and organized

152 ARC and 11 ARC clusters have detailed ARC development plans and were mainstreamed into the LGUs' annual investment plan.

458 self-help groups (SHGs) and people's organizations (POs) were formed; 152 agrarian reform cluster working groups (ARCWGs) and rural infrastructure teams formed and organized.

152 ARCDPs mainstreamed in AIP and Medium-term Development Plans for LGUs

437 training and development plans implemented; 148 functional organizations engaged in sustainable agri-enterprise

445 trainings conducted for LGUs and DAR; 152 functional community-based M&E installed

96 techno farms established for various crops; 155 technical training on natural farming systems conducted

96 techno farms established for various crops; 33 technical training on agro-forestry conducted; 19 technical training on plantation development conducted

96 techno farms established for various crops.

On-going value chain development of 18 enterprises in 18 priority ARCs located in 17 provinces

4,293.84 has. have been distributed with individual titles benefiting 2,733 ARBs

13,664.78 has. with approved survey plans

The Agri-enterprise Credit and Agri-finance Service (Agri-CASH) accomplished a total of 8,717 ARB and non-ARB borrowers to enable access to credit. Another window for credit initiated by DAR was the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP), wherein about P8.9 million was accessed by the ARBOs in the ARCP II areas.

For the rural finance subcomponent, 25,664 beneficiaries have availed of financial assistance extended by the project through the AGRICASH program of DAR.

96 techno farms established for various crops;

155 technical training on natural farming systems were conducted

33 technical training on agro-forestry were conducted

77 technical training on high value crops were conducted

19 technical training on plantation development were conducted

36 technical training on fishery and livestock were conducted.

4,293.84 has. have been distributed with individual titles benefiting 2,733 ARBs

13,664.78 has. with approved survey plans

31,869.72 has. completed procurement.

14 microfinance institutions assisted for micro-agri loan products in the ARCs.

26 project offices were established (1 national, 6 regional, 19 provincial)

152 local project offices were established

40 national subproject approval committee meetings were conducted.

The Special Management Team for ARMM contract was signed on 29 June 2011 and its assignment ended on 3 July 2014. Land tenure improvement survey services were engaged.

Engaged a quality assurance firm.

Procured 26 vehicles (vans, pick-ups), 137 motorcycles; procured 100 units of computers.

Geographical Location Basilan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Eastern Samar, Lanao Del Sur, Leyte, Maguindanao, Maguindanao, Marinduque, Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Palawan, Romblon, Samar, Sorsogon, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples A
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

132 ESS compliance certificates were issued to 132 subprojects as a requirement for the first trance of loan proceeds.

ADB conducted a safeguards review mission in February 2016 to check on potential deficits of the environmental and social safeguards (ESS) and monitoring system. An action plan was developed on how to ensure safeguards compliance with the remaining timeframe of the project, and to improve monitoring and quality of reporting in preparation for project completion.

Involuntary Resettlement The following are being maintained by the local government units : (i) inventory of project-affected persons (PAPs), (ii) short resettlement plans, (iii) summary of affected assets, and (iv) legal documents executed by the PAPs.
Indigenous Peoples Project areas with indigenous peoples are in Palawan and Basilan.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Target area selection was based on both poverty and identifiable economic potential-based criteria. At the provincial level, the lesson of ARCP to keep the geographical spread manageable was kept in mind. Poverty assessments showed that three quarters of the poor are in the Mindanao and the Visayan regions. Targeting these regions is essential to address resource inequalities as well as provision of necessary infrastructure and support services for the rural poor. As agreed by DAR and ADB and in consultation with the DAR regional and provincial officials, the selection of the eligible provinces was based on the following criteria: (i) Provinces with the highest rural poverty incidence, (ii) Provinces in the southern half of the Philippines that are included in the ADB Country Strategy Paper and Program (2005 2007), (iii) Provinces with at least four ARCs that have not received financial assistance for infrastructure from foreign-assisted projects of DAR, and (iv) LGUs' willingness to cooperate with the ARCs and assurances of inter-LGU cooperation.
During Project Implementation

LGU representatives in all 152 ARCs undego training on area of development planning, including preparation of LGU investment plan in support of ARC development. Enhanced Participatory Area Planning (E-PAP) teams were formed and operational in about 137 ARCs covering all project provinces except Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. The Performance Based Grant System (PBGS) for ARCP 2 has been approved by the PBGS Technical Committee.

Formed 86 griculture and nterprise development (AED) committees at municipal level in eleven (11) provinces. These committees are the frontlines for the ARCP 2 AED activities at the municipal and ARC levels. These are further sub-divided into smaller sub-committees to tackle specific factors that apply at the municipal and ARC level e.g. crops, livestock, fishery, agro-forestry, marketing and other non-farm activities.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services An estimated 1,812 person months (pm) of consulting services, comprising 36 pm of international consultants and 1,776 pm of national consulting services, will be recruited in order to assist the national government agencies, LGUs at municipal and provincial levels, and local communities, in Project implementation. Consultants will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and its Borrowers. The following specialists will be required (i) Project Management Adviser; (ii) Senior Economist; (iii) National Safeguards Specialist; (iv) Planning and Monitoring Specialist; (v) Community Driven Specialist; and (vi) Senior Rural Infrastructure Engineer. All consulting services will be procured through firm using QCBS procedure.
Procurement

All goods and services to be financed partly or wholly by ADB will be procured under ADB's Procurement Guidelines. Procurement of small works will be through shopping. All civil works contracts exceeding $100,000 and less than $500,000 will be procured through the national competitive bidding procedure. Procurement of goods valued at less than $100,000 will be done through shopping. All equipments valued at more than $500,000 will be procured under the international competitive bidding procedure.

The procurement plan is being updated.

Responsible ADB Officer Mukhamedyarova, Aliya
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Agrarian Reform
Director Homer P. Tobias
Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City
Municipal Dev'l Fund Office-(Implementing Agency)
Ms. Helen Habulan
Roxas Boulevard corner Pablo Ocampo, Sr.
Street, Manila
1004
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Nov 2006
Fact Finding 23 Apr 2007 to 09 May 2007
MRM 21 Aug 2007
Approval 27 Oct 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 26 Apr 2006
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2017

Loan 2465-PHI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Oct 2008 08 Dec 2008 04 Mar 2009 30 Jun 2015 30 Jun 2018 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 178.40 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 70.00 27 Oct 2008 46.86 0.00 70%
Counterpart 108.40 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Oct 2008 38.78 0.00 58%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Loan 8238-PHI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Dec 2007 17 Dec 2008 04 May 2009 31 Dec 2013 30 Jun 2018 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 04 Dec 2007 0.00 14.30 66%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 30.00 04 Dec 2007 0.00 6.56 30%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Agrarian Reform Communities Project II Procurement Plans Sep 2013
Agrarian Reform Communities Project II Project/Program Administration Manual Mar 2009
Loan Agreement for Agrarian Reform Communities Project II between Republic of the Philippines and Asian Development Bank dated 8 December 2008 Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Dec 2008
Agrarian Reform Communities Project II Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2008
Agrarian Reform Communities Project II Design and Monitoring Frameworks Oct 2008

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Agrarian Reform Communities Project II in the Philippines (Final) Resettlement Plans Feb 2008
Agrarian Reform Communities Project II in the Philippines (Final) Resettlement Plans Feb 2008
Agrarian Reform Communities II Initial Environmental Examination Jan 2008
Second Agrarian Reform Communities Project Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Jan 2008

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

None currently available.


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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Provincial Project Accountant for Northern Samar and Eastern Samar Individual - Consulting Active 01 Dec 2017 07 Dec 2017
Provincial Project Accountant for Camarines Sur Individual - Consulting Active 01 Dec 2017 07 Dec 2017
Provincial Project Accountant for Zamboanga del Sur Individual - Consulting Active 01 Dec 2017 07 Dec 2017
Provincial Project Accountant for Romblon and Oriental Mindoro Individual - Consulting Active 01 Dec 2017 07 Dec 2017
Rural Infrastructure Engineer for ARMM Individual - Consulting Active 01 Dec 2017 07 Dec 2017
Provincial Project Accountant for Zamboanga del Norte Individual - Consulting Active 01 Dec 2017 07 Dec 2017
Provincial Project Accountant for Leyte and Samar Individual - Consulting Active 01 Dec 2017 07 Dec 2017
Junior Rural Infrastructure Engineer (NPCO) Individual - Consulting Active 01 Dec 2017 07 Dec 2017
PROCUREMENT OF CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES REGARDING AGRI-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT (AED) PROJECTS IN PRIORITY AGRARIAN REFORM COMMUNITIES (ARCs) Firm - Consulting Active 28 Oct 2017 03 Nov 2017
Procurement of Consulting Services for the Implementation of Agri-Enterprise Development Projects in 11 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARC) Clusters in ARCP II-Assisted Provinces Firm - Consulting Active 28 Oct 2017 03 Nov 2017
Junior Rural Infrastructure Engineer for ARMM Individual - Consulting Active 27 Sep 2017 03 Oct 2017
Junior Rural Infrastructure Engineer (NPCO) Individual - Consulting Active 27 Sep 2017 03 Oct 2017
NPCO Project Accountant Individual - Consulting Active 26 Aug 2017 01 Sep 2017
Provincial Project Accountant for Eastern Samar Individual - Consulting Active 12 Aug 2017 18 Aug 2017
Provincial Project Accountant for Zamboanga Sibugay Individual - Consulting Active 12 Aug 2017 18 Aug 2017
Provincial Project Accountant for Iloilo, Negros Occ. Individual - Consulting Active 12 Aug 2017 18 Aug 2017
Provincial Project Accountant for Sorsogon Individual - Consulting Active 12 Aug 2017 18 Aug 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Concreting of Villareal Arc Farm-to-Market Road in Villareal, Samar Loan 2465 24 Feb 2017 Tam Construction and Supplies/Victoria Devt JV Philippines Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform Construction 388257.03 204226.592
Rehabilitation of Casili-on-Sambulawan Farm-to- Market Road in Villaba, Leyte Loan 2465 24 Feb 2017 Victoria Development and Construction Supply 103 Lopez Jaena Street, Tacloban City Leyte Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform Construction 220547.8 117856.149
Construction of 9 Units 2-Classroom School Bldg. at Quirapi, Dinapa, Dancalan, Amomonting, Sogoy, Rosal, Cumadcad, Cogon Pandan and Buenavista in Castilla Loan 2465 23 Feb 2017 Centerways Construction and Development Inc. No. 191 Alegre Street, Balogo Sorsogon City, Sorsogon Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform Construction 391729.52 156816.429
Rehabilitation of Bawod-Paril Farm-to-Market Road in San Isidro, Leyte Loan 2465 03 Feb 2017 R. Allosa Construction and Trucking Services 558 Osmena Street, Ormoc City, Leyte Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform Construction 228680.59 118744.65
Land Tenure Improvement Survey Services for Northern Samar: Batch 3, 5 Contracts, Modules 26, 33,35,36 and 37 Loan 2465 02 Feb 2017 EB Cabanganan Surveying and Construction Services Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform Consultancy 55284.44
Land Tenure Improvement Survey Services for Zamboanga Del Sur,Batch 2 Contracts, Modules 1 and 2 Loan 2465 02 Feb 2017 D.D. Corpuz Surveying Office and Supplies Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform Consultancy 67020.94
Concreting of Brgy. Tamisan Farm-to-Market Road in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte, Phase II Loan 2465 23 Jan 2017 Greatwall Engineering Philippines Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform Construction 247974.73 99176.036
Concreting of Brgy. San Ramon Farm-to-Market Road in San Lorenzo Ruiz, Camarines Norte Loan 2465 19 Jan 2017 Elgem Construction P-4 Barangay Anahaw, Labo Camarines Norte Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform Construction 187348.84 74462.462

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Agrarian Reform Communities Project II Procurement Plans Sep 2013