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Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) What is ACEF?

  • A special fund created by RA 8178 out of the proceeds of the in-quota MAV importations.
  • Intended to support projects to make the agricultural sector globally competitive, viable, efficient, and sustainable.
  • Has been assigned an account (Special Account 183) which is automatically appropriated in the General Fund.

Who are eligible to propose ACEF project?

  • Farmers/fisherfolk organizations (cooperatives, federations, consortia)
  • Agribusiness enterprises and industry associations
  • Non-government/ People's Organizations and their federations
  • Government sector (LGUs, NGAs)
  • Priority shall be accorded to joint venture undertakings between the Government and Private

From the private sector:

Board resolution or letter of intent (if proponent is a single proprietor) citing request for assistance, equity contribution, and designated representative.

Registration certificate from: (i) SEC; (ii) CDA; (iii) DOLE; (iv) DSWD; or (v) DOST (Approved mandate of the proponent-organization based on its registered by-laws to the registering/ approving government agency).

Certification from concerned government agencies that proponent has successfully completed similar projects.

List and details of projects which the proponent has previously and/or is currently undertaking.

Audited financial statements during the proponent's last 3 years of operation (Total assets (per definition of SME) for purposes of determining proponent's equity and the ACEF funding)

From governement sector:

Board resolution (for LGUs) or letter of intent (SUCs, NGAs) citing request for assistance, equity contribution, designated representative.

Endorsement from private sector group attesting to the relevance of the proposed project to their needs.

For LGUs, endorsement letter from higher LGU and DA-RFU.


ACEF proposal application is for purposes of accessing ACEF project funds. Proponent will still have to comply with the usual legal requirements of the agencies in the course of implementing the project (e.g., Mayor's Permit, ECC, etc.)

What projects are eligible for ACEF financing?

  • Irrigation
  • Farm-to-market Roads
  • Post-harvest Equipment/ Facilities
  • Research & Development Assistance
  • Marketing Infrastructure
  • Provision of Marketing Information
  • Retraining and Extension Service
  • Other Forms of Assistance and Support Services

What are the minimum essential features of an ACEF projects?

  • Consistency - consistent with the policies and priority thrusts of the AFMA
  • Competitiveness Enhancing - enhance competitiveness of the target beneficiaries or sector(s)
  • Market-directed - prove product competitiveness in the local and foreign markets
  • Integrated Approach - promote upstream/ downstream linkages
  • Forging Partnership - involve cost-sharing mechanisms
  • Sustainability - provide clear/ verifiable proof of sustainability of operations
  • Acceptability - endorsed by concerned private and government sector groups
  • Social Returns - beneficial to most, and not only selected, firms/ groups
  • Agricultural Commodities Supported - covers MAV product(s) and/or DA-identified "global commodity winners"

What is the mode of financing for an approved ACEF project?

The ACEF shall be extended in the form of an interest-and collateral-free loan

The cost sharing scheme are:

For income-generating projects:

                              ACEF                  Proponent

Micro                     80%                  20%

Small                     70%                  30%

Medium                 60%                  40%

For non-income generating projects: 50% - 50%

Note: Minimum amount of ACEF assistance: P500,000

List of Identified Commodity Winners

(with matured market)

1. Mango
2. Banana Chips (saba), Banana (lacatan)
3. Coffee
4. Abacacoir, coco dust)
5. Onion
6. Cutflowers
7. Hogs
8. Table Eggs
9. Seaweeds/Carrageenan
10. Tilapia
11. Palm Oil, potato, white potato, cassava

12. Broiler
13. Bangus
14. Prawn
15. Coconut (Young Boko, Coco)
16. Banana (lacatan)
17. Rubber
18. Papaya
19. Exotic Fruit (durian, pomelo, rambutan)
20. Spices (garlic, ginger, black pepper)
21. Rootcrops (ube kinampay, sweet)
22. Beverages (calamasi, banana)

Whom to contact for details?

Regional Executive Director,
Chairman, ACEF Regional Technical Committee
Department of Agriculture
Regional Field Unit II
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Telefax: (078) 844-1031/ Telefax: (078) 846-9131
loc. 0200
Mobile- 0917-5781685

Regional Director
Vice Chair, ACEF Regional Technical Committee
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Region 2
Regional Gov't Center, Carig Sur
Tuguegarao City
Tel. No. (078) 304-4252 / 304-4261/ TeleFaxS. No. (078) 304-5331 / 846-3661
Email Address: bfar_ro2@yahoo.com

Mr. Fernando Villaviray
Head, ACEF Regional Technical Secretariat
Department of Agriculture
Regional Office II
Tuguegarao City
Telefax: (078) 844-1031/ Telefax: (078) 846-9131

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