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In a joint Field Monitoring Visit conducted by the RDC2-RPMC Project Monitoring Team together with the NEDA Central Office –Monitoring and Evaluation Staffs, the team witnessed the successful implementation of the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) III in the Municipalities of Dupax del Sur and del Norte, both in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. The ARISP III is a 6-year foreign-assisted project aimed at addressing rural poverty in Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) and key constraints in agricultural production areas through demand-driven integrated area development. The project involves the construction and rehabilitation of irrigation facilities, farm-to-market roads, post harvest facilities, rural water supply system and construction of farm-to-market roads and bridges. 

In Nueva Vizcaya, the three (3) recipient ARCs under the ARISP III are as follows: Alfonso Castaneda ARC, Palabotan ARC in Dupax del Sur and Mila ARC in Dupax del Norte.  The joint monitoring team visited and validated the six project components of the Palabotan ARC which are the Allawan, Duppes-Mangayang, Palabotan 1 and Arwat Communal Irrigation Systems (CIS); Dalihan and Mangayang Road and the Palabotan Post Harvest Facility with a total project cost of P73.61 Million.    

As of the time of visit, four project components (Allawan CIS, Palabotan CIS, Duppes-Mangayang CIS and St. Vincent Parish Coop PHF) were already completed and turned-over to the municipality of Dupax del Sur on April 2, 2014 while the two projects (Arwat CIS and Dalihan-Mangayang Road) are still ongoing.  

However, though the projects have been successfully implemented, the team recommended that DAR provincial and municipal offices should still conduct regular monitoring to further ensure the sustainability of the completed projects and the early completion of the ongoing sub-components of the ARISP III in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. 

The smooth implementation of the aforesaid projects is attributed to the active involvement and collaboration of the concerned municipalities to the concerned implementing agency.