Last 16 July, PRRM hosted the International Dialog on Rural Reconstruction and Sustainable Development as the highlight of its 60th anniversary celebration. Participating national rural reconstruction movements were the China Rural Reconstruction (CRR) and Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN). China RR was represented by Prof. Wen Tiejun of the Renmin University of China and Prof. Lau Kinchi of the Lingnan University in Hong Kong. The event was also attended by the representatives of PRRM’s different provincial and city chapters and partner NGOs and POs.
Representatives of 18 PRRM provincial and city chapters across the nation stood for PRRM’s 300 plus members in the National Council (NC) meeting held last July 15 at the PRRM Building in Quezon City.
Emceed by PRRM Vice Chairperson and Trustee Edicio dela Torre, the NC meeting affirmed the resolutions made by the Board of Trustees (BoT) in the past year. The NC also discussed local and national issues and opportunities for development programs in partnership with private institutions and public agencies.
The month-long inter-NGO sports competition culminated last 10 July at the Amoranto Sports Complex along Roces Avenue with the awarding of the champions and winners in basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and darts. Fielding their teams and players in these games were five NGOs – Center for Patriotic Initiatives (CPI), Haribon Foundation, World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF), World Vision International and PRRM.
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.
Launched in June 14, 2012, at the PRRM Building in Quezon City, the photo exhibit entitled “PRRM Story: Texts and Images” captures in text and images the “60 years of PRRM’s struggle against poverty, ignorance, disease and civic inertia”.
The Lagawe Highlands Rural Bank or Banco Lagawe inaugurated its new main office last June 20. It transferred from its small office space in the JDT Building in Lagawe, to the new two-storey office at the Wigan Building, also in Lagawe, Ifugao’s town capital. It also has branches in Solano and Bambang in Nueva Vizcaya, and in Santiago City, Isabela.
Launched in 1999, the bank is a culmination of PRRM’s savings and credit component of the RDDP (Rural Development and Democratization Program). The bank is PRRM’s contribution to the universal issue of financing for development.
“The PRRM story is spiral. You’ll never know how and when it will end.”
Thus said PRRM President Isagani R. Serrano during the launching of the PRRM 60th Anniversary Photo Exhibit last June 14, 2012, at the PRRM National Headquarters in Quezon City.
The PRRM-organized Inter-NGO Sports Festival kicked off last Wednesday, June 7, 2012 at the Amoranto Sports Complex SB Gym. The opening ceremonies were attended by 200 officers and employees of the 5 participating NGOs – Center for Patriotic Initiatives (CPI), Haribon Foundation, World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF), World Vision International (WVInt), and the host organization the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM).
Sa darating na Mayo 30, 2012, pasisinayaan ng Samaleño Organiko Producers Cooperative (SOPCO) ang kanilang pagawaan ng organikong pataba. Gaganapin ito sa Irrigation Complex, San Juan, Samal, Bataan, kung saan nakatayo ang nasabing pagawaan.
HB 6085 likewise provides access to non-collateralized loans for qualified SEs thru special credit windows with a Guarantee Fund Pool; comprehensive insurance system to reduce vulnerability to climate change and calamities; resources for comprehensive capacity development for SEs and poor as partners; proactive SE market development program promoting principles of fair trade; research and development on strategic economic subsectors, appropriate technologies and innovations to democratize access of poor to quality basic social service; preferential treatment in government procurement including coverage of performance bonds; tax exemptions and tax breaks; and cash incentives such as at least 25% of minimum wage for social enterprises employing persons with disabilities (PWDs).
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Japanese Embassy’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Akio Isomata, attended the inauguration ceremonies for the project entitled “Support to improve livelihood of poor farmers through production of organic and reduced-chemical produce in Nueva Vizcaya”. The event was held in the Municipality of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya on May 10, 2012 and also attended by Vice Governor of the Province of Nueva Vizcaya, Hon. Jose V. Gambito, and Mayors of four Municipalities of the Province of Nueva Vizcaya as well as representatives of the GLM institute, the operator of this project.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines