Since the Philippines government received its first World Bank loan in 1957, the Bank has financed development projects which have produced significant results for its people. In the last three decades, the Bank’s assistance has expanded to a wide range of projects and analytical work, policy advice and capacity development in support of the country’s development agenda.
Here are a few projects and results:
The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), started in 2015, has been helping raise rural incomes, enhance farm and fishery productivity, and improve market access throughout the country. It has been supporting provincial planning, rural infrastructure and agriculture enterprise development. It has been using tools such as geotagging, value chain analysis and expanded vulnerability and suitability assessments to help guide public investments toward a modern, value-chain oriented, and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.
To date, PRDP has completed 148.4 km of new and reconstructed roads. Close to 80,000 households are benefitting from (a) a reduction in travel time from farm to market by 43 percent; (b) a reduction in hauling costs of agricultural outputs by 32 percent; (c) a reduction in hauling cost of production inputs by 54 percent. An additional 1,220 kilometers are under construction/awarded. Farmers benefitting from the rural roads reported a 15 percent increase in average household incomes. These families have also reported increased enrolment and school attendance of their children, and faster response to medical emergencies.
The Participatory Irrigation Development Project (PIDP) has been supporting the improvement of 58 irrigation systems throughout the country. Since it started in 2011, the project has rehabilitated and modernized irrigation infrastructure that has been serving close to 115,420 hectares, benefiting close to 208,382 farmers, and their families. It has also provided organizational development and capacity building activities to more than 928 Irrigators’ Associations.
The Bank has been supporting the government’s education agenda through the Learning, Equity and Accountability Program Support (LEAPS) project in the areas of early grade reading and math (with a focus on disadvantaged children). Significant improvements have been recorded in reading and math scores of Grade 2 students. The project has also successfully supported the development and roll-out of a department of education-wide financial management and operations manual and has trained 14,121 target schools in the new performance incentive scheme. Approximately 8,000 schools have received training in the new school report card utilization and have reviewed two education programs focused on supporting disadvantaged learners.
The first Social Welfare and Development Reform Project (SWDRP) has helped bring almost universal enrollment (98 percent) of poor children from ages 6-11 in areas covered by the project. It has also been promoting the increased use of health services for children up to five years old and for poor pregnant women. The project has supported the government’s conditional cash transfer program (CCT) or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which is helping poor households invest in the education and health of children up to 18 years old. The program has made significant impact on reducing total poverty and food poverty among beneficiaries, and has grown to become one of the largest in the world, supporting more than 4.4 million households as of December 2017. An important feature of the project has also been the design and roll out of Listahanan, the national household targeting system for poverty reduction in the Philippines, that reaches three out of four households across the country. The objective selection of 5.2 million poor households in 2016 has helped ensure that government programs are better targeted for those who need it most. Given the project’s success, the Bank has provided funding through a second project (SWDRP II) that contributes to the government’s financing of health and education grants for poor households nationwide from 2016-2019.
Overall, SWDRP is instrumental in helping the government collect information from more than 15 million households to identify families that could benefit from social welfare programs. It has raised enrollment among poor elementary school children by 5 percent and increased secondary education by 7 percent. Families benefiting from the program reported a 10 percent increase in seeking pre- and postnatal care, and a 20 percent rise in the delivery of babies in health facilities by skilled professionals.
The poorest communities have benefited from projects that address their priority needs through a community-driven development approach. As of October 31, 2017, the National Community-Driven Development Project (NCDDP) has covered a total of 18,760 barangays (villages) in 799 municipalities. It has funded a total of 24,790 community sub-projects, most of which has been completed. These community sub-projects reached approximately 4.9 million beneficiaries (53 percent of 8.4 million target). Supported community projects include basic access facilities (access roads, footbridge), basic social services such as health clinics, schools, day care centers and water systems as well as facilities for flood/erosion control and environmental protection.
To manage the risks posed by natural disasters, the Bank has provided a contingent line of credit for moderate to severe disasters, as well as an innovative catastrophe insurance coverage for the most severe and infrequent events. This is combined with technical assistance to help strengthen investment planning and regulations to reduce disaster risk, particularly through support for the revision of the National Building Code. The innovative financing helps ensure that resources are available for the government’s development programs in the aftermath of a disaster. With its global expertise in post-disaster reconstruction, the Bank has been working with development partners and the government in helping develop effective disaster recovery programs and building back better infrastructure and communities.
The Bank’s assistance has also extended to conflict-affected areas in the country, helping support better governance, access to services, jobs creation and enhanced citizen security and justice. The Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Project has been supported by a range of development partners and aims to improve prospects for peace and development in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao by improving the social and economic recovery. From 2006 to 2017, development partners have provided PHP 1.4 billion (USD 28.9 million) to the program. Results delivered include 573 sub-projects that improved infrastructure, strengthened livelihoods and functional literacy in 315 conflict-affected communities across 75 municipalities. Nearly 650,000 people now benefit from clean water, better roads, more post-harvest facilities and access to farming and fishing equipment.
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2018