RRT Project Team to develop a rural transformation typology for the Philippines

  • 26 February 2018, Monday

(left picture) Dr. Mercedita A. Sombilla (rightmost) giving her views, inputs, and guidance to the project team. (right picture) The project team discussing the workshop and meeting highlights with Dr. Bessie M. Burgos (center).

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA. The Philippine team members of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded project titled, Rural Regional Transformation: Pathways, Policy Sequencing, and Development Outcomes in China, the Philippines, and Vietnam (RRT) conducted a meeting-workshop on 16-17 February 2018 at the SEARCA Residence Hotel. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study (SEARCA) is the implementing partner of the RRT-Philippine component. 

The meeting-workshop aimed to discuss the activities for developing a typology of the Philippine rural transformation, which is one of the key expected outputs of the RRT Project. Specifically, it sought to identify the key indicators of rural transformation and its development outcomes and select the priority indicators of the major driving forces of rural transformation: Institutions, Policies, and Investments (IPIs). IPIs are essential to understanding the drivers of rural transformation and its development outcomes. Part of the meeting was to plan the specific activities for delivering the output, which include the (1) completion of the data set of indicators, (2) data analysis, (3) writing the typology paper, and (4) conduct of stakeholders' validation and consultation workshop. The timetable for the said activities was also set.

Present in the meeting-workshop were: Dr. Bessie M. Burgos (Program Head for Research and Development), Dr. Mercedita A. Sombilla (Project Adviser/Coordinator), Dr. Pedro A. Alviola IV (Project Team Leader), Professor Karen P. Quilloy (Co-Project Team Leader), and Ms. Anieluz C. Pastolero (Project Assistant). (Anieluz C. Pastolero, Karen Quilloy, and Pedro Alviola IV)