From 27-28 October 2016, PRRM facilitated a CSO conference in Upper Sierra Madre. The conference provided a venue for stocktaking and surfacing of emerging lessons by grantees of the UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) – Small Grants Programme Phase 5 (SGP5).
Today we join the nation and the whole world in the commemoration of Earth Day.
We celebrate the efforts of so many people here and around the world who are making our planet—our only home—a livable and safer place for all of us.
We’ve come a long way from when the global Earth Day movement was first kicked off 45 years ago in the US, or even just from the birth of Earth Day Network Philippines in 2000.
Last December 5, Vizcaya Fresh! (VF) Organic Advocates, Inc., received its Organic Agriculture Achiever’s award as regional winner for this year’s search For Outstanding Small Farmer (Group Category) of the Department of Agriculture (DA). Those who received the award in behalf of Vizcaya Fresh! were Ms. Merlinda P. Calubaquib, VF Director and Area Manager of PRRM Nueva Vizcaya, and Mr. Amos B. Dayag and Mr. Ronnel Acio, VF Production Unit staff members. Vizcaya Fresh participated in the DA organic agriculture search processes from April to June, leading to VF receiving the notice of winning last July.
At least 800 households of Brgy. General Luna, Carranglan municipality in northern Nueva Ecija are now benefiting from a new water system installed in the area.
Nobyembre 7, 2014. Ito ang ginawang aktibidad ng NIUGAN Camarines Norte (MAGSACA) noong ika-7 ng Nobyembre 2014 sa boundary ng Libmanan at Sipocot, Camarines Sur, ang pagsalubong sa Kilus Magniniyog (KM). Ang 71 na magsasaka sa niyugan na nagmartsa mula pa sa Davao patungong Malacañang. Layunin ng KM na pakinggan ng Pangulong Aquino ang hinaing ng maliliit na magniniyog na itatag ang Coco Trust Fund na siyang mamamahala sa 71B pesos para sa ika-uunlad ng industriya ng niyog at mga magsasaka sa niyugan.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines