I was a fledgling writer when I met Johnny Flavier. I wrote a series for the Bulletin’s human interest page on the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) of which Johnny was president. The series drew the attention of the eminent author Pearl S. Buck who asked that I be commissioned to write more stories about […]
The project “Sustainable Agriculture in Typhoon Haiyan-Affected Communties in Leyte” was recently launched in the remote village of General Roxas, municipality of Dulag in Leyte province. This is the first partnership project between the PRRM and the Japan-based Table for Two International (TfTI). The two organizations were represented by Ms. Ichika Cho of TfTI, and Mr. Isagani R. Serrano and Mr. Marlon P. Palomo, PRRM President and Vice President, respectively. Mr. Joselito Gonzales, PRRM’s Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, is Project Coordinator.
Representatives of PRRM and its partner, the Welthungerhilfe (WHH), a non-governmental organization based in Germany, paid a courtesy visit to Secretary Panfilo Lacson of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, to introduce the WHH program and discuss its current work and future plans in the country. WHH is one of Germany’s largest non-governmental aid organizations with the goal of securing nourishment for all people. Its focus is providing “help towards self-help” and is also a reliable partner in emergency aid.
Last October 3 to 8, 2014, in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, PRRM’s training team on community-based disaster risk reduction and management (CBDRRM) facilitated a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Local Development Planning to the staff of the International Organization of Migration (IOM). IOM is currently doing relief and immediate recovery work in the Yolanda-devastated areas through provision of temporary-transition shelters, capacity building of communities in disaster risk reduction, and camp management and evacuation, among others.
Last 29 August, 2014, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. (CCFPI), and PRRM forged a partnership to develop and implement safe water supply systems in rural communities. Present during the signing ceremony were CCFPI President Cecille Alcantara, CCFPI Program Officer-Environment Monina Pacheco, PRRM President Isagani R. Serrano, Vice President and Field Operations Director Marlon P. Palomo, PPCO Director Carla S. Santos, and Supervising Project Engineer, Crispin Tria.
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.
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 […]
From 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.
After 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.
Last 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.
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.
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.
Mr. 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).
The 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.
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.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines