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.
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.
On 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.
The 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.
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.
On 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.
PRRM, 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.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines