PRRM’s 60th anniversary celebration became symbolic and historic this July when it was commemorated at the Nieves Center in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija. More popularly known as the NTI, or National Training Institute, the Nieves Center served as PRRM’s headquarters in the 50s and 60s where rural reconstruction workers (RRWs) trained in rural development technologies. In the 80s to the 2000s, the Nieves Center provided the learning and conference facilities for the education and training of staff, partner people’s organizations, government agencies and non-government and private institutions.
Last July 9, RRWs, PRRM officers, staff, partners and guests trooped to the Nieves Center and, together with former NTI staff and Nieves barangay officials, held a pre-anniversary celebration. The event included the photo exhibit, “The PRRM Story in Text and Images”, alongside an array of black and white photos of PRRM people and events from the 50s to the 70s.
PRRM Vice President Marlon Palomo welcomed the guests, former RRWs and staff, retelling why the Nieves Center is a landmark in PRRM’s history. Board Chair Ka Bobby Tañada and President Isagani Serrano inspired everyone with PRRM’s past, present and future. Also sharing a peek into their years with PRRM as former RRW and officer were Ka Nonito Cristobal, PRRM Nueva Ecija Chapter President, and Mr. Pete Alejandrino, respectively. A representative from the regional office of the Department of Agrarian Reform congratulated PRRM for its continued partnership with the agency.
By the afternoon, everyone roamed around the Science Building and the old library structure, posing for photos and sharing a cornucopia of lessons and memorable anecdotes from their PRRM days, before boarding the bus for the trip back home to Manila.