The Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA), was created to oversee the Agro-Industry Modernization Credit and Financing Program (AMCFP), conduct rural and agricultural finance policy and action research, and undertake institutional capacity building of rural financial institutions. In April 2020, the ACPC launched the Expanded SURE Aid and Recovery Project (SURE COVID-19), which was under the Department of Agriculture’s Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19 (ALPAS COVID-19) aimed at assisting farmers, fisherfolk, and agriculture and fisheries enterprises. It was funded under the AMCFP as well as appropriations under the 2020 General Appropriations Act and later on under the Republic Act 11494, otherwise known as the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or the Bayanihan II Act. To determine to what extent the SURE COVID-19 Program has succeeded in meeting the program’s objectives the ACPC commissioned the ASPSI to conduct the Evaluation of the Expanded SURE Aid and Recovery Project (SURE COVID-19 Program).
The Department of Health is implementing the Philippines COVID-19 Emergency Response Project (PCERP) funded by the World Bank to strengthen the capacity of the Philippines to prevent, detect, and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and to scale up the national systems for public preparedness. DOH commissioned ASPSI to determine the COVID-19 vaccination coverage (regardless of vaccine brand) among the Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICC/IPs) in the select regions, in accordance with the National COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP). This project started in July 15, 2022 and is targeted to be completed in May 14, 2023.
The Building Safe Agricultural Food Enterprises (B-SAFE) project is being implemented by Winrock International and funded by the Food for Progress Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is focused on contributing to the two USDA Food for Progress (FFP) strategic objectives to increase agricultural productivity and expand trade of agricultural products. To provide in-depth assessment of project performance, Winrock International commissioned the ASPSI to conduct the Mid-term Evaluation of the B-SAFE project.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commissioned the ASPSI to conduct an Evaluation Study on the Implementation of the Policy on Alternative Work Arrangements amidst the Continuing Pandemic in Selected Government Agencies and LGUs in NCR. The study will look at the following: 1) services provided by the agencies that have always been provided through digitalization to understand to what extent these services continued and the factors that contributed to any disruptions; 2) services traditionally offered in-person and the extent to which they were able to adapt to alternative work arrangements; and 3) measures that the agencies put in place to respond to the needs of their employees to transition to the new normal and how much was required for your local government to COVIDproof the workplace.