UN Commits $667 Million In New Philippine Dev’t Assistance Framework
from Manila Bulletin, November 29, 2011 issue

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PRRM MFI celebrates first year as consolidated microfinance institution
By Irene B. Fernandez

In celebration of its first year as a consolidated microfinance institution, PRRM Microfinance Incorporated (MFI) held a conference last October 18-19, in Camiguin, aiming to rev up its capacities for sustainability.

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P-Noy Reiterates Commitment to Organic Farming at the 8th NOAC
By: Joselito P. Gonzales

President Benigno Aquino III reiterated his administration’s commitment to develop organic farming in the country by allocating 2 percent of the annual budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA). The President gave this directive to DA Secretary Proceso Alcala during his opening speech at the 8th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC) held at the Aquino Center in Tarlac City, last November 8.

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NIUGAN General Assembly in Quezon
By: Amor L. Cabico

Pagkaisahin at Palakasin ang Hanay ng mga Magniniyog para sa Tuloy-tuloy na Kampanya at Adbokasiya tungo sa Maunlad na Pamayanan.”

This was the theme of the 4th General Assembly of Nagkakaisang Ugnayan ng mga Magsasaka sa Niyugan (NIUGAN) held at the Quezon National Agricultural School (QNAS) in Pagbilao, Quezon.

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Padyak gathers over 300 bikers for Marikina Watershed rehab
By Abigail Mercado

The trickling of a few men and women bikers in their tight cycling shorts, sturdy bikes and protective helmets grew to over two hundred by the time the “Padyak para sa Marikina Watershed” kicked off from the Quezon Memorial Circle last Oct 23, around 7:30 in the morning, following a brief opening ceremony.

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PRRM joins observation of World Food Day
By: Nilo V. Manangan

The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) joined the whole world in observing the World Food Day last October 17, 2011, through an exhibit organized by the Asian Development Bank at their Philippine headquarters in Mandaluyong City. The World Food Day is celebrated each year on 16 October, the day when the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations was founded in 1945.

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PRRM, RWAN and PhilRice join hands for brown rice advocacy
By: Nilo V. Manangan

Ka Jimmy was one of the discussants in the Policy Seminar-Workshop on Mainstreaming Brown Rice to Low- and Middle-Income Families held last September 29, 2011 at Oasis Hotel, Clark Field, Pampanga. The seminar-workshop was organized by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in collaboration with the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and Rice Watch and Action Network (R1). Representatives from non-government organizations, government agencies, local government units, students, farmers groups and private sector participated in the event.

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Tañada Elected as Chairperson of CIIF Companies
By: Patrick San Juan

PRRM Chair Wigberto “Ka Bobby” Tañada was recently elected as Chairperson of the Boards of three oil mill corporations under the United Coconut Planters Bank – Coconut Industry Investment Fund (UCPB-CIIF). Last September 2011, Ka Bobby formally accepted the posts that include Granexport Manufacturing Corp. (GRANEX), Southern Coconut Oil Mill (SOLCOM), and the Ilagan Coconut Industries Inc. (ILICOCO). They are part of the oil mills group owned by the CIIF which were acquired using the coconut levy funds during the Marcos period and sequestered by the government in 1986.

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NGO, LGUs and Environmental Bikers Call for Marikina Watershed Reforestation
A cycling caravan calling for the reforestation of the Marikina Watershed will be touring from Quezon City to Marikina City on October 23, kicking off at 6:30am in Quezon City and finishing in Marikina City.

As part of its year-long, pre-60th anniversary celebration, the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) teams up with The Firefly Brigade and the city governments of Quezon and Marikina for “Padyak para sa Marikina Watershed”.

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PRRM participates in 350.org’s Moving Planet with “Padyak Novo Ecijano para sa Kalikasan”
By Charlie Razo

Together with Nueva Ecija’s Cabiao SK Federation, Saturday Cycling Club, San Leonardo Riders Club, Sta. Rita Bikers Club and Cabiao Bikers Club, PRRM organized “Padyak Novo Ecijano Para sa Kalikasan” last September 24, in participation for 350.org’s bi-annual global climate change campaign. The theme for this year is “Moving Planet: A day to move beyond fossil fuels”.

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PRRM joins ICC 2011 for Trash-Free Seas
By May Angela Pado

Every year, PRRM actively participates in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) event. The PRRM branches in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao partner with local governments and various organizations to encourage people from various sectors to come together and help clean our oceans from harmful wastes.

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Luzon Consulted for Road Map to National Organic Agriculture
By Joselito P. Gonzales

PRRM staff and partner farmers organizations shared their collective experience and lessons in sustainable agriculture over the last two decades during a consultative workshop on the National Organic Agriculture Road Map held last September 15, at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Convention Hall in Diliman, Quezon City. The Luzon workshop is the last of the series following the consultations held for Vizayas and Mindanao.

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Rice forums inform policies for country’s rice self-sufficiency

Amid the confidence of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in achieving rice self-sufficiency by 2013, critics continue to cast their doubts on the country’s capacity to hit this target. In an effort to alleviate these fears and inform government policies on how the country can be rice sufficient without having to import again, the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) has organized series of rice forums, kicking off last June and running until the end of this year.

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Help Coconut Farmers, Tañada Asks Gawad Quezon Awardees
By Nappy R. Manegdeg

Tulungan natin ibangon ang kabuhayan ng ating mga magniniyog, hindi lang sa usaping karapatang sibil at pulitika, kung hindi pati na rin sa ekonomiya.” This was the keynote message of PRRM Chair Wigberto “Ka Bobby” E. Tañada during the awarding ceremonies of the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan held last 19 August 2011 at the Quezon Convention Center, Lucena City.

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Sports Festival Spices Up the Celebration of PRRM@59
by May Angela Pado

As part of the 59th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), the annual sports festival opened in June 2011 with a wide participation from the PRRM family and from other organizations within the PRRM building.

PRRM, Mother Ignacia Service Cooperative (MISC) and Marstech Trading and Services International, Inc. (Marstech) jointly organized and participated in the exciting sports events namely basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, darts, and fun run.

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