Environment and Rural Development Program

Target Groups National and regional offices of the DA, DAR and DENR; selected provincial LGUs
Location National level and the Visayas
Duration July 2005 to June 2014
Donors German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Poverty is widespread in rural areas of the Philippines and continues to be a challenge for the countrys development. Three government agencies are involved in managing the development of rural areas and natural resources: the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Although their mandates are defined by law, their functions overlap in many areas resulting in unresolved policy conflicts and uncoordinated delivery of support services.

To overcome this problem, the Philippine Government adopted the DA-DAR-DENR "Convergence Strategy for Sustainable Rural Development". With this convergence, it is expected that the overall efficiency in rural development will increase.


The Policy Dialogue and Strategic Steering (PDSS) component of EnRD contributes to improve the coordination and strategic steering among relevant national government agencies to sustainably manage natural resources.


EnRD supports the DA, DAR, and DENR in policy and strategy formulation to increase the efficiency of service delivery. It provides technical support and advice to the National Convergence Initiative (NCI) on agribusiness development, policy advice and strategic steering, knowledge management and capacity development.

To promote organizational efficiency and effectiveness, EnRD supports the introduction of results-based management (RBM) in the rural sector. By promoting RBM, EnRD cooperates with other development agencies such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Likewise, EnRD has taken an active role in the Philippine Development Forum (PDF), the Governments primary mechanism for policy dialogue. DA and EnRD co-chair the Technical Working Group on Sustainable Rural Development. EnRD also provides secretariat support to this Working Group.

In support of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), EnRD pilot tests conflict sensitive initiatives to accelerate land acquisition and distribution in the Province of Negros Oriental.

Results achieved so far:


  • Revitalized "Ridge to Reef" as an integrated ecosystems development approach 
    • Enhanced framework and strategy adopted by the National Convergence Initiative agencies
    • Supported the convergence area model building which led to the establishment of nine additional convergence areas nationwide
    • Supported the formulation of the National Convergence Initiative Manual of Operations
    • Supported the formulation of a Joint Administrative Order on Abandoned, Undeveloped and Underutilized (AUU) public lands reversions to fishponds
  • Supported advocacy for the passage of a national land use policy
    • Organized three multi-stakeholder High-Level Dialogues
    • Provided technical advise relevant fora / deliberations on land use policy
  • Formulated proposed amendments to the NIPAS Law
    • Conducted case studies
    • Published legal review and the NIPAS Law and related statues on PA management
  • Enabled the Philippine Development Forum Working Group on Sustainable Rural Development to be functional
    • Facilitated regular meetings to enable priority rural development policies / issues to be discussed and acted upon


To learn more about our work, approaches and results, please check also our publications



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The Environment and Rural Development (EnRD) Program is a joint initiative between the Philippine and the German Government. EnRD is implemented
by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

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