Sector Expertise: AGRI INFRASTRUCTURES      
         
 


Achieving a sustainable rural infrastructure project is a key to poverty alleviation. The company has been a partner of the government through its agencies in several undertakings with an end view of improving the lives of the people in the countryside.

EDCOP provides a wide range of engineering and management services to the agri -infrastructure. Its services include the conduct of feasibility study, detailed engineering and design, assistance in tendering, construction management and training.

The company's involvement in these projects is highlighted by EDCOP's active participation in poverty alleviation and rural infrastructure projects with the Department of Interior and Local Administration, National Irrigation Administration, Department of Agriculture, Department of Afrarian Reform and various Local Government Units. EDCOP has been a partner to these agencies in the implementation of the rural Infrastructures. A list of major services:

  • Quality monitoring of on-going sub-projects (access roads & bridges, potable water supply and irrigation) in Luzon, Visayas , Mindanao and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). As an Independent Engineering Firm representing the government, EDCOP ensures high quality design, reliable and durable construction and low O&M costs are attained. The QA covers the entire project cycle - Project ID, Project Preparation and Design, Construction Supervision and Initial Start-Up and O&M.
  • Capacity building activities for government and other personnel of stakeholders in sub-projects. The coverage include: Infrastructure Quality Monitoring, Operation and Maintenance, Procurement and Project Management, for Access Infrastructures, Potable Water Supply and Irrigation Systems. The trainees include beneficiaries of completed, turned-over and on-going sub-projects; and,
  • Technical assistance to the Rural Infrastructure and Development Support Units in the formulation of O&M Training Manuals covering technical, institutional and financial management modules;

As of year end, EDCOP has provided monitoring and technical assistance to over 250 sub-projects, e.g., 130 access /farm-to-market roads; 20 bridges; 40 Potable Water Supply (PWS); 5 Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) and 15Communal Irrigation System (CIS).

The services were for projects assisted by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Union (EU) and the World Bank.

 

 
  FIELDS OF SERVICES  
     
 

Access Infrastructures (roads and bridges)
Irrigation Systems
Potable Water Supply Systems
Post-Harvest Facilities
Environmental Infrastructures
Farm Systems Development
Rural Health Offices
Institutional Facilities

 
     

 
 
Projects Undertaken
 
 

DA / NIA - HELP for Catubig Agricultural Advancement Project

The project aims to alleviate poverty by raising income level of farmers, generate employment opportunities and improve social infrastructures and services of Catubig Valley in Northern Samar. It includes the provision of irrigation and drainage facilities, rural infrastructure improvement, schistosomiasis control, agricultural support services, and institutional development. .

The inter-agency Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee has approved the cost adjustment and time extension on the condition that additional project cost shall be financed through local funds within the Department of Agriculture, NIA, Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Health budget ceilings and subject to the issuance of Department of Budget certified funding strategy for Help of Catubig Agricultural Advancement Project (HCAAP).

 
       

 

DAR-ADB Agrarian Reform Communities Project

The project addressed the key constraints to living conditions and income enhancement of the beneficiaries and their communities through a process of participatory needs assessment at the barangay level. The project concept emphasizes a demand-driven approach, local governance, and commitment from and ownership by beneficiaries. This requires a high degree of participation by beneficiaries and their community for identification, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and maintenance of Project interventions. Most of the proposed activities are devolved to the LGUs,and equity participation by stakeholders (POs, ARBs,LGUs) is a major consideration.

The Project provides an integrated, complementary package of investment, support services, and TA. This will enhance beneficiary and community incomes by reducing input supply and marketing costs, and increasing production and productivity, facilitated by better access to technology, asset security (land survey and titling),and non-farm income generation. This will be accomplished as a result of infrastructure investments (rural roads/bridges,potable water system and irrigation) complementary development support services, credit and community development activities (e.g., organizations of irrigators' associations, barangay water and sanitation associations (BW/SAs), cooperatives and other POs). Since the Project is demand-driven and participatory with an emphasis on proactive LGU involvement and assisted self-reliance, capacity building, institutional strengthening, and training for stakeholders are included in the program.

 
       
 

Mindanao Irrigation Systems (MIS) - Malitubog-Maridagao River Irrigation Project IV, North Cotabato & Maguindanao

Financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the project has completed key irrigation facilities under stage 1 which include a diversion dam, dikes, irrigation and drainage canals, canal structures, farm-t0-market roads, bridges, and other relevant structures.

The Mal-Mar irrigation project was designed to improve and utilize 10,840 hectares of farmland, in the towns of Pikit and Carmen in Cotabato ; and Pagalungan and Pagagawan in Maguindanao

 
       
 

Landbank LGU's Support Credit Program

The program is in consonance with the following three goals of development assistance:

1. Outreach the program offers technical and financial assistance, and in some areas, provision of guarantee fund, specifically, for co-ops that cannot provide collaterals, thus increasing opportunity for SFF to access credit services of the Bank;

2. Capacity Building the program provides training/ workshops for its identified co-op participants to strengthen their respective capabilities in managing their organization, business and financials; and

3. Resource Sharing partners provide equities to pursue development assistance activities for co-ops.

 
       

 

Mindanao Sustainable Settlement Area Development Project (MINSSAD)

The Project involves the development of eight agrarian reform community (ARC) settlement areas in Mindanao using an inter-agency approach to ARC development. The Project consists of the following components: ( i ) Community and Cooperative Development; (ii) Agriculture Enhancement and Livelihood; (iii) Crop Development and Soil Conservation; (iv) Marketing Support; (v) Infrastructure and Social Services; (vi) Post-harvest Facilities; and (vii) Project Management and Institution Building. Its general objective is to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries in the settlement areas and ensure viable and sustainable development.

The main objective of the Consulting Services is to assist DAR in the successful implementation of the Project with due consideration of social and environmental management needs of the beneficiary communities. The scope of the Consulting Services includes the provision of technical advice and assistance to the Project Management Office (PMO) in the implementation of the many and varied activities of the Project, particularly in the following areas: ( i ) overall Project management; (ii) procurement of equipment; (iii) infrastructure construction; (iv) institutional development; (v) agricultural development and marketing; (vi) environmental management and monitoring; and (vii) training of Government employees.

 
 
 
 
       
         
 
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