PRRM, together with the representative of the Department of Education, handed over livelihood start-up funds to the Carolotan Women Sector Society for Development, Inc. (CWSSD) in Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya, last 25 November. The PhP75,000 livelihood fund was part of the community grant fund entrusted to PRRM through the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Micro-Lending (IP-SMILE) Project of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Philippine Response to Indigenous Peoples and Muslim Education (PRIME) of the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Nueva Vizcaya.
The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), through its headquarters in Manila and area offices in the Negros Occidental and Iloilo provinces, are monitoring the situation and assessing the types of immediate and medium-term assistance that can be provided. In addition to the two provinces, PRRM also intends to contribute to relief and rehabilitation efforts in the provinces of Bohol, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Aklan, and Capiz. Field assessment will be conducted in these areas within the next week.
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Trustee Treasurer Emeritus Luis L. Garcia and family view the Sen. Manuel P. Manahan photo exhibit set up at the ground floor lobby of the PRRM building.
Members of PRRM’s Board of Trustees (BoT) read the minutes of the previous meeting and other corporate documents during its regular quarterly meeting last 17 October at the PRRM Building.
In line with its 61st anniversary, PRRM President Isagani R. Serrano made a round of courtesy calls to newly elected local government officials in provinces, municipalities and cities where PRRM operates. The quick but meaningful visits intended to learn the plan of the new or continuing local regimes, share what PRRM is doing, and explore possibilities of working together towards a common dream of resilient and sustainable communities.
January 23, 2013
With two years left to go before deadline of the United Nations – Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), prospects of achieving the country’s commitments are far from reassuring. However, considering the lag time involved, government targeted action – policies, programs, activities – may yet produce a brighter picture come 2015.
The assessment was made by Isagani Serrano, co-convener of Social Watch Philippines (SWP) and president of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), in a 2012 report on the status of the MDGs.
Social Watch Philippines (SWP) and Alternative Budget Initiative (ABI), the network of a hundred nongovernment organizations globally acknowledged for initiating legislator-citizens’ partnership in formulating and lobbying for alternative budget proposals for the national budget, is set to probe into President Benigno Aquino III’s proposed budget items for 2013 that are still unfamiliar; as well as those that are not visible in the national budget.
“We have to be more vigilant as the P2.006 trillion proposed 2013 appropriations is the first budget proposal to exceed the P2 trillion mark. This is 10.5 percent higher than 2012 budget and almost 21.9 percent higher than the 2011 GAA,” explained former national treasurer and SWP lead convenor Leonor Magtolis Briones. “More than half of the budget continues to escape scrutiny because of the special purpose funds, automatic appropriations and unprogrammed funds,” she said.
Every year on or near PRRM’s founding anniversary date on July 17, former PRRM staff, partner NGOs and friends gather in PRRM to eat, sing and dance the anniversary night away. In July 17 of this year, over 150 current and former staff, friends, partners and guests of PRRM got together in the penthouse of the PRRM building to partake of dinner, drinks, wine, song and memories.
PRRM development workers from different generations, staff, officials, partner POs, NGOs and government agencies, and special friends joined the 60th anniversary program and homecoming last July 17, 2012 at the PRRM Building in Quezon City. The event was the culmination of the year-long celebration which kicked off last July 2011 in PRRM Nieves Center in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija.