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Japan Assists in the Improvement of Livelihood of Poor Farmers in Nueva Vizcaya
Press Release, Embassy of Japan

Japan Assists in the Improvement of Livelihood of Poor Farmers in Nueva VizcayaJapanese Embassy’s Minister for Economic Affairs Akio Isomata will attend 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 will be held in the Municipality of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya on May 10, 2012. The financial assistance for this project amounting to 42,571,511 Yen (approximately 21.3 million Pesos) is provided under the scheme “Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects” by the Government of Japan.

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PRRM’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Schedule of Activities

PRRM's 60th Anniversary Celebration Schedule of Activities

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PRRM President speaks at the UNDP Experts Roundtable and South-South Exchange Forum
by Kai Santos

PRRM President, Isagani R. Serrano, spoke on “Increasing Accountability Through Assessments”, at the Experts Roundtable and South-South Exchange Forum organized by the Asia Pacific Regional Centre of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia last 21-22 March in Jakarta. Mr. Serrano was invited as a member of the experts’ panel for the session on social accountability.

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NIUGAN Quezon Optimistic Following Coco Levy Recovery Ruling
By: Jill Coen

On February 20, 2012, Nagkakaisang Ugnayan ng mga Magsasaka at Manggagawa sa Niyugan (NIUGAN)-Quezon held its first general assembly for the year in Lopez, Quezon. NIUGAN Quezon is the provincial chapter of the national federation, NIUGAN, which was convened by PRRM in January 2000 to promote the issues and interests of small coconut farmers in the Philippines.

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Forum deliberates on the sustainability of China’s development process
By Abby Mercado

The one question that kept propping up during the first of the two-part forum on “Understanding China”, organized by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) last February 27, was how China’s key position in the global politics and economy can benefit the Philippines, in general, and the various development sectors, in particular.

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KASALIKAPA General Assembly forms PO Leaders Council
By Amor Cabico

The leaders and members of the Kalipunan ng mga Samahan para sa Likas Kayang Pananakahan or KASALIKAPA held their General Assembly (GA) at Sikap-Lingap Kaunlaran Center at Brgy. Daykitin, Buenavista in Marinduque last February 22-23; the organization’s last GA was in 2004.

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NFR urges government to declare overfishing

‘Based on the National Stock Assessment Program by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), most of the major Philippine fishing grounds have reached their sustainable limits. For the past several years, we have been for DA-BFAR to publicly declare that the Philippine fisheries is in crisis. Yet, our calls have fallen on deaf ears despite the pronounced effect of overfishing to the people who directly depend on fisheries for their income and subsistence. Our future is at stake. We may end up without fish, the primary source of animal protein of Filipinos, if we do not implement fisheries management that works and fits in the Philippines. One step for fisheries management to be successful is for DA-BFAR, the main government institution that ensures steady supply of fish in the country, to acknowledge the issue on overfishing. The Philippine Fisheries is in Crisis. Declare Overfishing’

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PRRM joins campaign for Ang Tipo Kong Chief Justice
By Patrick Adams San Juan

Recognizing that high moral standards of public officials and unquestionable integrity of government institutions are necessary for good governance and sustainable development, PRRM has joined a campaign that seeks to magnify these requirements and bring them to the forefront of citizen’s discussions on the ongoing impeachment trial of the country’s Chief Justice.

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Understanding China

As China starts transforming economies from Africa to Australia, and constantly threatens the interests of the superpowers of Europe and the United States, wouldn’t you want to know and understand how China does it?

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DAR accredits PRRM as Service Provider
BY NILO V. MANANGAN

The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) is among the 38 private organizations/NGOs accredited by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as Professional Service Providers in its latest review released last 10 February 2012. Eighteen (18) academic institutions are also included in the pool. (http://www.dar.gov.ph/)

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P2 installs solar energy system in Patungan
By Nappy R. Manegdeg

The more than 120 high school students of Brgy. Patungan in Maragondon, Cavite, will have another reason to celebrate once they return to school this January. The three-classroom Bucal National High School Santa Mercedes Annex is now equipped with a solar energy system capable of providing light and powering up one computer unit and one audio-visual set. Installed in December 2011, the solar energy system was donated by the Japan-based TAIFUKYO or Union of Retired Teachers, through the People-to-People (P2) Aid Movement of Japan.

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PRRM Prez leads PRRM Negros’ 25th Year Celebration, Visits first PRRM communities in Negros
by Nappy R. Manegdeg and Edwin Balajadia

PRRM President Isagani Serrano led PRRM Negros’ 25th anniversary celebration in October 2011 by going back to the first communities that PRRM has served with support from the German-Agro Action at the height of the sugar industry crisis in 1986.

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Rebuilding Malumpine
by Nappy R. Manegdeg and Lope Barbadillo

Malumpine is the farthest upland sitio of Brgy.Old Bulatukan in the municipality of Makilala in Cotabato. It is literally at the foot of Mt. Apo. To reach its peak, one has to hike for 10 kilometers. The Bagobos have an average hiking speed of one kilometer per hour so that it would take them eight hours or less to reach its peak; but it would take more than 20 hours for non-hikers like me to do the same. So, why Malumpine of all places?

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MAMATA Leader shares lessons in local budgeting
By Lope Barbadillo

About 150 representatives of the civil society, private sector and academe from all over the country participated in the “Bantay-Kaban: Kaban ng Bayan, Bantayan”, a National Conference on Citizen’s Participation in Public Finance held last November 16-18 in Clarkfield, Pampanga. ” The event was organized by Social Watch Philippines* (SWP) in collaboration with the Civil Service Commission.

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PRRM teams up with PRIA to reflect on the role of CSOs in changing Philippines
By Patrick San Juan

Civil society in the Philippines is considered as one of the most vibrant and dynamic sectors in the entire world. Perhaps this is the reason why the country has been selected for an initiative that is looking at the state of civil society organizations (CSOs) all around Asia, to reflect on their current positions and challenges, as well as their emerging roles and strategies in relation to the current global context.

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