Stakeholders in Oriental Mindoro prioritize interventions to rehabilitate calamansi industry

  • 21 April 2016

PRA Participants with SEARCA ISARD Team in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro

NAUJAN, ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – About 30 participants composed of farmer-beneficiaries and institutional stakeholders of the SEARCA Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) project on revitalizing the calamansi industry in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro joined the Participatory Rural Appraisal and Action Planning (PRAAP) Workshop on 4-7 April 2016 at the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Center Session Hall.

Dr. Miriam R. Nguyen and Dr. Evangeline C. Sulabo (ret.) of the College of Public Affairs and Development, University of the Philippines Los Baňos served as resource persons during the four-day event. This workshop aimed to profile and characterize the calamansi growers in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro; determine their current production and marketing practices; and identify the major challenges and opportunities they face. Part of the goals of the workshop was to help growers prioritize strategies in improving their yield and eventually increase their income.

Dr. Nguyen gave an overview of the national and regional calamansi industry and conducted the rapid appraisal on the first day; while lectures and exercises about data organization and analysis, project monitoring and evaluation, and stakeholder analysis were undertaken on the second day. Dr. Sulabo facilitated the workshop on the third day, and gave lectures and exercises on problem analysis, and identification/prioritization of interventions. Preparation of the logical framework, action planning and the closing ceremony were done on the last day.

The PRAAP workshop was jointly organized by SEARCA, the Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT), and the local government unit of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro, as part of the ISARD pilot project titled, “Revitalizing the Calamansi Industry in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro through Strengthening Linkages among Farmers, Local Government Unit, National Government Agencies, State Universities and Colleges, Civil Society Organizations, and the Private Sector.” (Angelic M. Reglos)

Mr. Henry M. Custodio, SEARCA Research and Development Specialist, providing an overview of the ISARD Piloting program and of the 4-day activity

Dr. Miriam R. Nguyen, PRAAP Expert, discussing the roles of the relevant stakeholders as part of soliciting their levels of importance to the community

Dr. Sulabo facilitating the farmers’ group discussion on problem analysis

MinSCAT faculty joining the discussion on problem analysis