Nosfa pushes for fishery reforms

THE Negros Occidental Small Fishers Alliance (Nosfa), the largest province-based formation of small fishers and fish workers, will hold its Founding Provincial Congress today at the Business Inn in Bacolod City as they continue to to push for sustainable fishery and aquatic reforms.

Organized in January this year, Nosfa has formed area alliances and base groups in 15 coastal areas and local government units (LGUs) of the province spread in some 90 fisherfolk organizations. It targets to build chapters in all 25 coastal LGUs of the province by end of 2014.

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Farewell, Luis

Mr. Luis Garcia, PRRM Treasurer –Emeritus, passed away on August 9, 2014. Luis served the Movement the longest in his capacity as Trustee from 1959-2006. He was PRRM’s trustworthy “keeper of assets”. Long before corporate social responsibility became byword in mainstream development discourse, he already had personified corporate giving. It was Luis as president of […]

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Nueva Vizcaya women’s organization provides school supplies to grade school pupils
By Merlinda P. Calubaquib and Ronald Allan Barnacha

vizcaya-women-distribute-school-supplies02From the grant funds it received, the Carolotan Women Sector Society for Development, Inc. (CWSSDI), based in Barangay Carolotan, Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya, provided basic school supplies such as notebooks, pad papers, ballpens, pencils and erasers to 71 pupils selected from the Kalanguya and Isinay families in the community. The event, witnessed by the Punong Barangay, the teachers of Carolotan Elementary School, and the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), was held last June 1, prior to the opening of classes for the school year 2014-2015.

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Partners turn over Agos Ram Pump Project to Nueva Vizcaya upland community
By Lauren Hengtgen

Observing the water source of the ram pumpAfter nine months of construction, a ram pump now supplies water to the upland communities of Lower Poblacion, Kasibu, in Nueva Vizcaya. This project was made possible through the joint effort of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. (AIDFI), Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc. (EDNPI), Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. (CCFPI), and the Municipality of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.

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100 elementary students get school backpacks and supplies

100 elementary students get school backpacks and suppliesLast 15 June 2014, 100 elementary students of the Bacjao Elementary School received backpacks, each filled with a pencil case, pencil, pen, toothbrush, comb, and headband. These gifts were made possible by the cash donation of students from Jericho High School in New York, USA. The distribution of the school kits was led by PRRM Eastern Samar staff along with Bacjao Elementary School teachers in time for the beginning of the school year.

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Jericho High School donates to Yolanda-Affected Students
By Lauren Hengtgen

PRRM employees prepare to repack the school supplies into the backpacks, pencil case holders, toothbrushes, headbands, and hankies to prepare the children in Barangay Bacjao for school.After Typhoon Yolanda swept through the Visayas in November 2013, people all over the world were moved to help out in any way possible. The students of Jericho High School in Long Island, New York, felt especially connected to the people of the Philippines because of their own experience during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The 9th grade class, led by class president Chase Serota, put up donation boxes around their school. They were able to raise $320 in just a few months and chose to present the funds to the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) to decide how best to use the money to help the Yolanda survivors.

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Nueva Vizcaya home to Region 02 organic farming winners
By Lauren Hengtgen

Vizcaya Fresh! Organic Advocates, Inc.Vizcaya Fresh! Organic Advocates, Inc., was selected as the Region 02 winner for the small farmer group category. Vizcaya Fresh! promotes and markets eco-friendly products to enhance fairer and more sustainable trading of such products. A non-profit organization, Vizcaya Fresh! is jointly organized by Global Link Management Institute (GLMi-Japan) and PRRM, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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SAKAHAN Farmers Participate in Six-Month Organic Agriculture Training in Japan
By Lauren Hengtgen1

sakahan002Mr. Joselito “Ka Tolits” Tambalo and Mr. Tirso “Ka Tirso” Martirez, farmer-leaders in the Pambansang Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Magsasaka para sa Likas-Kayang Pananakahan (SAKAHAN), left June 1 for Shinjo Village in Japan to begin a six-month organic agriculture exchange program organized by the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA).

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PRRM Negros holds Confab on Agri and Fishery
By Hazel Aghon, PRRM-Negros Secretariat

First published at the Negros Daily Bulletin portal, 23 May 2014.

LINK: http://www.ndb-online.com/may2314/prrm-negros-holds-prov-l-confab-agri-fishery-agenda

PRRM Negros holds Confab on Agri and FisheryThe Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), one of the biggest and oldest non-government organizations (NGOs) in the country, and its partner local sectoral formations especially the Negros Occidental Small Fishers Alliance (NOSFA) and the Alliance of Sustainable Agriculture Practitioners in Negros (ASAPNE) will hold a Provincial Conference today, May 23, 2014 (9AM) at the Ting-ting’s Native Food Restaurant, B.S. Aquino Drive (Shopping), Bacolod City.

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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

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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