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Rural Folks, Indigenous Peoples try on PCOS Machines
MANILA, Philippines
19 February 2010

MANILA, Philippines – With less than three months to go before the country embarks on its first ever national-level automated elections, a group of farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, and community leaders were presented with a Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machine that will be used during the May 10, 2010 national and local polls.

The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), the country’s oldest NGO, along with its partners the Citizens’ Movement for Good Governance (CMGG), organized a “Voter Education Forum and the Automated Election Systems” last February 19, 2010 at the PRRM National Headquarters.

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Conquering Pico de Loro
By Andee Javier

On January 16, 2010, at 1:00 in the afternoon, nine hopefuls, including two guides, finally reached the peak of Mt. Palay-Palay (Maragondon, Cavite) after six long hours of trudging and slogging up and down its steep and rocky slopes.

We were there, 664 meters above sea level, awed and charmed by the rewarding panoramic and picturesque view of the vast seas and mountain ranges. The sun was glaring hot but the tiredness and thirst drifted away with the cool and calming breeze that brought a genuine feeling of accomplishment.

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Transition Amid Crisis – PRRM in 2009
by Isagani R. Serrano, President

The year gone by was a singularly difficult year of transition. PRRM went through two major changeovers—at the executive and at the board level—while the world was shaking from an unprecedented global crisis that affected our nation, our local communities, our Movement.

We saw through these trying and troubled times and emerged stronger than we had imagined. Now, we look forward to another three years (2010-2012) of stabilization and further strengthening of our Movement.

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Hopenhagen Turns Brokenhagen
by Isagani R. Serrano, President

(Copenhagen, 20 December 2009). It started on high hopes and ended up heartbroken. The outcome of the Copenhagen event that drew the participation of more people than any seen in previous UN summits indeed broke the hearts of millions.

People around the world expected their leaders to help avert climate catastrophe. Which means coming out with nothing less than strong, bold, and legally-binding agreements to stabilize the global climate system.

But the Copenhagen climate conference (UNFCCC COP 15) might be remembered more as a rare summit of failure than Obama’s claim of a ‘step forward’. A rare gathering of 192 heads of states, and for what?

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Rural Reconstruction Family Visit
by Patrick G. San Juan, Development Cooperation and Media Relations Associate

To usher in the year 2010, PRRM hosted a three-day visit of two colleagues from the rural reconstruction family in the Asian region. Dr. Lau Kin Chi of the Chinese rural reconstruction and a professor at the Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and Dr. Arjun Karki, President of the Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), were in the Philippines last January 4-6, 2010 for a series of meetings with the PRRM Board of Trustees and officers.

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PRRM partners with GK

Setting-up an ecological solid waste management system in GK Culiat

Since mid-2009, PRRM has been helping a Gawad Kalinga village in Culiat, Quezon City set up an ecological solid waste management (ESWM) system in the community. PRRM provided several trainings in partnership with GK-Green Kalinga on ESWM and will continue to monitor its implementation this year.

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PRRM welcomes UPLB interns

Nine students from the University of the Philippines Los Banos have been assigned to PRRM branches in Cavite and Nueva Vizcaya under the UPLB Supervised Field Experience Program. The students are currently taking Human Ecology major in Social Technology, and will be interned in PRRM from January 20 to March 31 this year.

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PRRM’s new Board of Trustees, Trustees Emeritus, and Council of Advisers

PRRM's new Board of Trustees, Trustees Emeritus, and Council of AdvisersOn July 17, 2009, a new Board of Trustees to serve for the term 2009-2012 has been formed by the PRRM National Council. The new Board is composed of Former Senator Wigberto E. Tanada, Mr. Edicio G. dela Torre, Mr. Isagani R. Serrano, Mr. George K. Sanchez, Dr. Amelou Benitez-Reyes, Mr. Librado B. Abesamis, Mr. Ronald Allan A. Barnacha, Mr. Raul Roi B. Borejon, Alaminos City Mayor Hernani A. Braganza, Dr. Lorenzo C. Lapitan, Jr., Mr. Horacio R. Morales, Jr., Ms. Ana Maria R. Nemenzo, Mr. Marlon P. Palomo, Ms. Mary Racelis, and Mr. Joselito A. Tambalo.

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Salusalo at Salinawit

Healthy, yummy food, and nice music from the 70s and earlier. It was a great evening when the PRRM Quezon City Chapter hosted a Salusalo at Salinawit on May 12 at the PRRM building penthouse.

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Summer 2009 Student Interns

Six (6) student interns from different universities were accepted into the PRRM Internship Program from April to May 2009. Specific tasks were assigned to the interns depending on their fields of specialization and capabilities.

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Organic Indulgence
By Andee Javier

The term “organic” has fast become a buzzword in the country’s public and private sectors, especially since the launching of the Go Organic! Movement, of which PRRM is a member, in 2008. From being a mere product of either luxury or lack of choice, organic has grown to be an urgent need or requirement and a promising investment as witnessed by the guests and participants of the “Organic 101: Experiencing the Organic Way of Life”, a whole-day event organized by the La Liga Policy Institute and the PRRM.

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PRRYA Summer Camp 2009 – Molding not just Gold in Camarines Norte
By Andee Javier

Camarines Norte – a province located in the Bicol region of Luzon, and a ten-hour drive from Metro Manila. Known for its rich mines and sea bounty, it is home to jewelry, crafts, the pineapple and coconut industries, and to sea food and the Kadagatan festival. This was where the 7th Summer Youth Camp of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Youth Association (PRRYA) was held.

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Arya boy!

Orlando L. Maddela, Jr. January 11, 1951 – April 24, 2009 He may have lost his battle, but he fought till he breathed his last. That may be said of Ka Orly Maddela who for the past two years had struggled to win over his health problems. While his condition confined him to a hospital […]

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Go Organic! Movement Appaluds DA for Going Organic

Go Organic!Members of the Go Organic! Movement applauded the Department of Agriculture (DA) for concretizing its commitment to sustainable agriculture, in the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between DA and the Go Organic! Movement for the Phase 1 of Organic FIELDS Support Program (OFSP) held yesterday.

“Going into organic agriculture has obvious and proven ecological and health benefits as well as long-term impacts to productivity and farmers’ income. This is definitely a breakthrough undertaking by the DA,” said Atty. Efren Moncupa, lead convenor of Go Organic!.

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Group launches GO ORGANIC!

Group launches GO ORGANIC!For the first time, progressive groups, environmentalists, local government units and the academe have joined forces to promote organic farming to help solve the country’s food crisis.

At a news conference in Quezon City, Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza of Pangasina announced the involvement of the Paragos-Pilipinas, the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), Centro Saka, Inc., La Liga Policy Institute, SRI-Pilipinas, Education for Life Foundation, University of the Philippines-Las Baños, Philippine Greens, Earth Day Network and Malasimbu Farmers’ Cooperative as well as actress Chin-Chin Guiterrez and pop music artist Joey Ayala as endorsers to mount an advocacy to propagate organic food rather than conventional food.

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