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International Conference on Yolanda / Haiyan Reconstruction
Bayanihan and Sogo-Fujo (相互扶助) Without Borders

The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) held the “International Conference on Yolanda Reconstruction: Bayanihan and Sogo-Fujo (相互扶助) Without Borders” at the Cocoon Boutique Hotel in Quezon City on March 8, 2014. The conference aimed to gather the wisdom of the international community and foster true partnership among the people of Asia and of the world in the face of worsening climate and natural disasters.

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The Global Fight Against Corporate Rule
Activists are challenging rules that grant corporations the right to sue governments.

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh January 14, 2014 | This article appeared in the February 3, 2014 edition of The Nation.

Link: http://www.thenation.com/article/177930/global-fight-against-corporate-rule?page=full#

Over the past several decades, multinational corporate Goliaths have helped to write and rewrite hundreds of rules skewing tax, trade, investment and other policies in their favor. The extraordinary damage these policies have caused has become increasingly apparent to the communities and governments most directly affected by them. This, in turn, has strengthened the potential of a movement that’s emerging to try to reverse the momentum. But just like David with his slingshot, the local, environmental and government leaders seeking to revise rules to favor communities and the planet must pick their battles carefully.

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How Are Countries Budgeting for the Environment?
Budgeting for the Environment in the Philippines, by Isagani Serrano, President, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), a co-convenor of Social Watch Philippines (SWP) and Alternative Budget Initiative (ABI)

Published in the e-Newsletter of the International Budget Partnership
Nov-Dec 2013 No. 75

Link: http://internationalbudget.org/newsletters/newsletter-75-2/

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, and by 12 December it had left behind 5,982 dead, 1,779 missing, 27,022 wounded (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council), about 4 million displaced, and estimated damages amounting to more than PHP 35.5 billion — making it the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record. This super typhoon revealed the country’s level of vulnerability and adaptive capacity and exposed a serious governance weakness: policies on the environment and climate change are not adequately supported by budgets.

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Vizcaya Fresh! and the birth of branded organic upland farming
Written by Leonardo Perante II / Story and photos
Source: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/regions/25352-vizcaya-fresh-and-the-birth-of-branded-organic-upland-farming

BETTER known as the “Gateway to the Cagayan Valley,” the province of Nueva Vizcaya is land-locked by Sierra Madre in the east, Cordillera in the west and the Caraballo Mountain ranges down south. With a highland character and hilly terrain, 70 percent of which is forestland, the province is a vital watershed of its own and for all provinces downstream including Isabela and Cagayan.

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Engineers without borders return to the Philippines
Posted by villanovan, December 12, 2013
Source: http://villanovan.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/engineers-without-borders-return-to-the-philippines/

Villanova 01On Dec. 22, Bridget Forbes, a senior civil engineer and Kyle Johnson, a water resources engineer graduate student, will fly out to help those affected by the typhoon that hit just a little over a month ago.

It was said to be one of the most intense tropical storms to ever hit land in the world. With rain and winds up to 195 mph and waves up to 30 feet tall, Typhoon Haiyan caused an immeasurable amount of destruction in the Philippines and relief efforts continue to be sent.

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Construction of the Humayingan Elementary School Water Supply System

PROGRESS REPORT
16 JANUARY 2014
Submitted by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement

Barangay HumayinganThe project to construct the water supply system of the Humayingan Elementary School in Lian, Batangas, was facilitated by the communications among the Feed the Hungry, Inc. (FtH), the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM). The on-line discussions, led by Ms. Angelita Sese, FtH Program Director for Infrastructure, began in mid-2013 and resulted in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) among the three organizations to implement the project, with the Philippine Association of Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE) as the main donor.

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PRRM Christmas Message

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PANAGAT-Camiguin holds Strategic Planning Workshop and Christmas party
Text & Photos by Raymundo C. Agaton, Jr.

PANAGAT-Camiguin (Panaghiusa sa Nagpakabana nga Mananagta sa Camiguin) held its Strategic Planning Workshop and Christmas Party last December 13, at the Ferrabrel Resort in Mambajao, Camiguin. The overall direction of the plan is to promote PANAGAT as the leading federation carrying the fisherfolk agenda in the province.

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PRRM joins Pawikan festival
Text and photos by Crispin Q. Tria

btn2On December 1, 2013, PRRM-Bataan and partner stakeholders receive an award of recognition from the Provincial Government of Bataan and the Bataan Tourism Foundation, Inc., for continuous partnership in the annual celebration of the Pawikan Festival.

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PRRM hands over PhP75k livelihood fund to women’s group in Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya

iphone+pics+051PRRM, 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.

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PRRM Call for help for Yolanda Survivors

PRRM Call for help for Yolanda Survivors poster

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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PRRM holds dedication ceremony of the Luis L. Garcia Hall and the Manuel P. Manahan Lobby

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.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.

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PRRM holds meetings of the Board of Trustees, Inter-Chapter Conference and the National Council

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. 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.

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PRRM visits southern Luzon provinces
By Nilo Manangan

photo1In 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.

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Discussion of new Senate Bill

Photo courtesy of GMA News Online Author Benjie Castro
Photo courtesy of GMA News Online Author Benjie Castro

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