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GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

Department of Agriculture
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The Department of Agriculture (DA) is the government agency responsible for the promotion of agricultural development by providing the policy framework, public investments, and support services needed for domestic and export-oriented business enterprises.

It is the primary concern of the department to improve farm income and generate work opportunities for farmers, fishermen and other rural workers.

In Caraga region, the Winrock-Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) regional assessment team determined that in order to create and improve existing value chains in the impoverish Caraga Region of Northeastern Mindanao, an approach that includes both agriculture productivity and trade improvement is essential for creation of a lasting project impact.

In support to the project, the DA Regional Office in Caraga provides technical and logistical support by assigning its technical staff and resource persons when needed to support the training particularly in creating new agricultural producer groups and strengthening existing ones, training on improved agricultural techniques, post-harvest handling storage, post-harvest processing, and training on sanitary and phytosanitary issues, and develop agro-dealers and other input suppliers. The department also recommends measures and alternative courses of action to the collaborating partners necessary to the achievement of project objectives.
Department of Trade & Industry
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is responsible for realizing the country's goal of globally competitive and innovative industry and services sector that contribute to inclusive growth and employment generation.

It endeavors to improve the business environment, increase productivity and efficiency, and enhance consumer welfare.

DTI collaborates with the Winrock International- Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) in providing necessary assistance in line with existing agency initiative in the industry and small and medium enterprise (SME) development to support the project.

It provides support in capability building and provide information and access to business development service providers for the conduct of good manufacturing practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), food safety and handling, and enterprise development trainings.It also assist and participate in PCCP’s market development and linkaging efforts, and facilitate access for eligible cooperators among PCCP partner producer groups to post-harvest and processing facilities under the agency’s Share Service Facility (SSF) program.
Department of Agrarian Reform
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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is the lead implementing agency of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) through land tenure improvement to landless farmers, delivery of essential support services, and agrarian justice delivery for the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs). In support to the Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in Caraga region, the agency has collaborated with Winrock-Philippine Cold Chain Project in increasing agricultural productivity.

The project is geared towards creating new agriculture producer groups and strengthening existing ones, improved agricultural techniques, post-harvest and handling storage, post-harvest processing, develop agro-dealers and input suppliers, provide financial services to producers association members, grants for equipment and input, develop new and existing buyer-seller relationship, and create new and existing trade associations to create new markets.

In this endeavor, the agency through its DAR Regional Office, provides technical and logistical support through the Support Services Division (SSD) and through the Provincial Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) of the respective Provincial Agrarian Reform offices in the five provinces of the region. It also assisted the project in coordinating with the Provincial and Municipal Local Government Units that covers ARC barangay recipients in the conduct of project activities.

A point person for the project is also assigned by the agency to assist in the course of project implementation. Development workers in the ARC barangays are also deployed to support needed project intervention.
Department of Social Welfare and Development
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the lead agency in social welfare and development. It envisions to empower the poor, vulnerable, and the disadvantaged sector of society to create an improved quality of life. Among other functions of the agency, DSWD is mandated to develop, implement and coordinate social protection and poverty reduction solutions.
 
In support to the agency’s flagship programs of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), DSWD through its regional office in Caraga has partnered with Winrock-Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) in implementing its pilot project dubbed as Pangkabuhayan- Tulong sa Pagsulong Program in Caraga region.
 
Patterned after the conditional cash transfer scheme implemented in other developing countries, 4Ps provides cash grants to poor household beneficiaries as long as they comply with the conditions set by the program. This program responds to beneficiaries’ immediate needs (short term poverty alleviation) and social development.
 
The SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants. This is implemented through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach. Under this strategy, program participants are equipped to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets. The CDED approach promotes the Local Economic Development (LED) strategy and Value Chain Production of each community.
 
The Pangkabuhayan-Tulong sa Pagsulong Program supports the agency’s flagship program, wherein target recipients will be given assistance through Micro-Enterprise Development track. DSWD will provide agricultural production equipment and inputs such as fish pens, fingerlings, pig pens, piglets, seeds, backpack sprayers, plastic mulch, and seedling trays to selected beneficiaries. It will also allocate funds to conduct agricultural production training needed to enhance the capacity of project’s beneficiaries.
 
PCCP under its collaboration with DSWD, will organize these participating families in the covered barangays into an agricultural producers groups. The project will then provide support services to these groups such as capacity building, access to financial services for the required inputs, technical extension services on agro-livestock and fishery production techniques, post-harvest handling and processing, and linkages to markets, both local and international, to maximize profitability.
 
PCCP will also provide producer groups with post-harvest equipment and facilities for better product-handling, storage and processing in order to ensure product quality. The DSWD-PCCP partnership falls under the Convergence/Coordination Activities of DSWD and will work initially on the fishery production livelihood projects in the provinces of Surigao Del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Agusan del Sur.
National Meat Inspection Service
The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is the sole national controlling authority attached to the Department of Agriculture on all matters pertaining to meat inspection and hygiene. It is mandated to protect the interest, health, and general welfare of the meat consuming public and shall endeavor for the development of the livestock and meat industry.

It is also tasked to promulgate and implement policies, procedures, guidelines, rules, and regulations governing post production flow of livestock and meat, and meat products through the various stages of marketing and proper handling, inspection, processing, storage and preservation of such products.

Aimed at improving the hygienic meat production in Caraga region, NMIS and the Winrock International- Philippine Cold Chain Project Country (PCCP) collaborated in establishing a pilot project on improving meat establishments. This is in support to PCCP objective in implementing sustainable system that is focused on technical approach that strengthens supply quality, quantity, and traceability through improvement in production and post-harvest practices that includes an emphasis on improvement of cold chains.

In collaboration with the Philippine government agencies, intermediate organizations, the project will sustainably strengthen to meet consumer demand and international regulations, while developing improved capacity to create new opportunities for cold chain related markets and assist producers groups to access new sources of quality, high value food products that meet international quality standards.

NMIS will lead in the conduct of inventory, assessment, and selection of slaughterhouses in the region that is covered by the project. It provides technical assistance in the preparation of engineering plans and design, scope of work, and list of equipment for the selected slaughterhouses. It also provides technical experts to ensure proper installation of equipment in coordination with the LGU owners of the slaughterhouses.

Under the project agreement, NMIS will conduct capacity building of LGU personnel that will manage the slaughterhouses, particularly on Slaughterhouse Management, Good Hygienic Slaughtering Practices (GHSP) for locally registered Slaughterhouses Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) for accredited slaughterhouses and food handling practices for consumers.

The pilot project on improving meat establishments for hygienic meat production in the region will support the 10 Year Strategic Action Plans and Programs of the NMIS in Developing the LGU Meat Control System, that shall be compliant with national standards, responsive to the needs of meat industry stakeholders, and protect the health and general welfare of the meat consuming public.
Development Bank of the Philippines
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The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) is the seventh largest bank in the Philippines in terms of assets and the second largest state-owned bank. Considered as one of the largest Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) in the country, DBP is now the country’s most progressive development banking institution.
 
DBP seeks to raise the level of competitiveness of the country’s economy for sustainable growth. It also supports infrastructure development, responsible entrepreneurship, efficient social services, and protection of the environment. The country’s pre-eminent development financial institution also promotes and maintains highest standards of service and corporate governance among its customer constituencies.
 
The primary objective of DBP is to provide banking services principally to cater to the medium and long-term needs of agricultural and industrial enterprises with emphasis on small and medium-scale industries including farmers and businessmen through financing various businesses and economic sectors.
 
DBP implements different development financing programs such as social services and community development, infrastructure and logistics, environment initiatives, and support to micro, small and medium enterprises.
 
Under infrastructure and logistics, the bank implements Logistics Infrastructure Development Project (LIDP), a policy-based lending facility funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with DBP as the executive agency.
 
LIDP provides financing and technical assistance for transport and logistics infrastructure projects to small, medium, and large enterprise in the cold chain industry. It aims to address the need for wider physical access to resources and markets, as well as for the efficient distribution of goods and services. It specifically supports re-engineering of cold storage facilities and logistics for perishable goods like fruits and vegetables with priority projects that include processing and marketing centers, reefer vans, cold chain transport equipment, refrigerated fishing vessels, ice plants, cold storage facilities, other post-harvest facilities, waste management systems, warehouse facilities, and power generating equipment. It also covers water, electric, and security systems of cold chain facilities.
 
LIDP caters eligible borrowers such as private corporations, Local Government Units, Government Owned and Controlled Corporations, participating financial institutions, cooperatives and associations, single proprietorship, registered partnerships and private corporations with at least 75% Filipino ownership.
 
LIDP financing offers the longer payment terms with up to 15 years to facilitate better cash flow management of the borrowing entity with a fixed interest rate throughout the loan duration. With its support to the cold chain industry, Winrock- Philippine Cold Chain Project (WI-PCCP) has partnered with DBP to link businesses establishments in Caraga region that are involved in the cold chain to DBP resources.