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.