Level of involvement and activity of other organisations (partners or others) in the project
The project will liaise extensively with the Ilocos Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (ILARRDEC). This one of the regional consortia set up by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources and Development (PCARRD). This consortium is responsible for the coordinating research and development activities for agriculture and natural resources in PCARRD’s Region I and provides an avenue for resource sharing among the different agencies in the region. Region 1 consists of the four provinces Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Pangasinan (Figure 4).
In addition to DMMMSU, which is its base and lead agency, it includes 15 other organisations which together form a strong and cohesive group which has become a viable steward of research and development in the Ilocos Region. The other main member agencies are:
Bureau of Agricultural Research [BAR];
Department of Agriculture (Ilocos) [DA-I];
Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR-I];
Department of Science and Technology (Ilocos) [DOST-I];
Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau [ERDB];
Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College (ISPSC);
National Economic and Development Authority (Ilocos) [NEDA-I];
Pangasinan State University [PSU];
Union Christian College - Centre for Northern Organization for Rurbab Action for the Development and Management of Resources to Insure Self-Reliance [UCC-CONDORA]
Philippine Carabao Centre [PCC].
Figure 4. Part of Philippines showing the four constituent provinces of Region 1 (Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan)
Of particular importance will be the consortium’s Research and Technology Working Group (RTWG); the Regional Applied Communication Office (RACO); the Regional Management Information Service (RMIS); the One Stop Information Shop (OSIS); the Farmers’ Information and Technology Services [Techno Pinoy]; and the Farmer-Scientist Bureau (FSB) popularly called the "Magsasaka -Siyentista" (MS) Program. These will be used to help in the review of existing technology, the participatory survey of farmers perceptions of technology priorities and the testing of training materials. Being major stakeholders, they will be invited to send delegates to the annual meeting of the Steering Committee.
The project will also invite PCARRD’s national project, Sustainable Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Management (SANREM) to make suggestions about content of teaching and training materials.
The project will also involve the Philippine Watershed Management Coalition and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Directorate On Integrated Water Resources Management (DIWRM) in the discussions about its training materials.
There are also many NGOs concerned with sustainable development, agroforestry, human rights, watershed management, alternative energy sources and forest management that the project will liaise closely with.
JICA have supported agroforestry activities at DMMMSU since 1986. Currently they are providing help to build up the infrastructure of the institute. This project will not overlap, but rather complement what JICA are doing.