Where Has All Our Food Gone?

Practitioners can now celebrate its earlier advocacies that organic agriculture is sustainable. With the changing climate, organic farms have proven to be more resilient towards erratic weather patterns. Diversity, as among its core features allows farmers to generate sustained income from several farm enterprises. Compared to a monocrop farm, a highly diverse farm would always have alternative enterprises whenever one crop fails. Having a far richer soil and stable genetic materials, organic farms can survive in climates of abnormally hot or wet conditions.

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CSN in AF Board

CSN in AF BoardPRRM President Conrado S. Navarro was recently elected as trustee of the Association of Foundations (AF) during its 36th General Assembly held at The Linden Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, last April 24-25, 2008.

Out of the twenty nominees, a total of eight (8) new trustees were elected by the AF General Assembly. Aside from Prez Ding, the new AF trustees are the following: Connie S. Angeles of SM Foundation; Dominica B. Chua of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation; Fr. Manuel R. Guazon of Pondong Batangan Community Foundation; Teddy M. Kingsu of Angelo King Foundation; Ma. Carmen A. Sarmiento of PAL Foundation; Edith Y. Villanueva of the Sugar Industry Foundation; and Ma. Rosario R. Lopez of the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation.

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Coco Corporation formed in Lopez, Quezon

Coco Corporation formed in Lopez, QuezonA group composed of civic-minded citizens of Lopez municipality, Quezon province initiated to form a business corporation with coconut as its principal material. Unified by a compelling desire to take immediate action on the poverty situation of the coconut farmers, the business organization is molded along the “Whole Coconut Concept.” A truly community-based business, it harnesses the will and scarce resources of the community to meet and complement external initiatives to improve the industry, and hasten the realization of benefits by the farmers of Lopez and neighboring communities.

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PRRM Welcomes its Council of Advisers

PRRM welcomes its Council of AdvisersThe PRRM Council of Advisers, whose members were nominated and elected y the PRRM Board of Trustees, had its inaugural meeting on March 28, 2008 at the PRRM National Headquarters in Quezon City. Six of the seven members of the Council attended its first meeting. The Board of Trustees represented by Chairperson Emeritus Helena Z Benitez, Chair Wigberto E. Tañada, Vice-Chair Vicente R. Jayme, President Conrado S. Navarro, and Trustee Isagani R. Serrano and staff members of the PRRM Managemnt Committee were also present to welcome the new advisers and orient them on PRRM.

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Learning and Enjoying in the Philippines
by Charlotte Floors, MSc Forest and Nature Conservation Wageningen University, The Netherlands

charlotte1Sleeping on a bamboo bed in the middle of the mountains, pounding rice, drinking rice coffee, experiencing how to cook native chicken, cooking bats, walking a 4-km beach at night to look for turtle eggs and being eye to eye with a whale shark are only a few experiences of my time in the Philippines. For more than four months I changed my life as an MSc student on Forest and Nature Conservation in Wageningen University in the cold Netherlands to the position of an intern within PRRM in warm Manila. Doing an internship is part of my MSc program and I chose to do this in the Philippines.

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PRRM signs partnership project with GLMI-Japan

PRRM signs partnership project with GLMI-JapanPRRM signed a partnership agreement with Global Links Management Institute (GLMI), a Japanese development NGO, to jointly implement a project covering 500 families in 8 upland barangays in the 4 municipalities of Kayapa, Dupax del Sur, Sante Fe and Kasibu in Nueva Viscaya. The signing was held last 17 January 2008 at the PRRM Board Room with PRRM President Ding Navarro and GLMI officials led by Representative Director Keiko Nishino.

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Panibagong Paraan 2008 Call for Proposals

Panibagong Paraan 2008 Call for ProposalsPanibagong Paraan, the nationwide search for innovative ideas to address development challenges, is back!

Entries are now being accepted for the Project Grant Competition, where winners will be extended grants of up to PhP 1,000,000 to turn their innovative ideas into action.

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PRRM Chair Bobby Tañada files appeal to Supreme Court on the coconut levy

PRRM Chair Bobby Tañada files appeal to Supreme Court Coconut farmers, led by coconut farmer advocate former Sen. Wigberto “Bobby” E. Tañada, filed a Petition in Intervention with the Supreme Court to reverse the Sandiganbayan decision last November 28 declaring that the 20% San Miguel Corporation shares being claimed by Danding Cojuangco are not public property and not part of the coco levy funds.

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Oldest NGO Receives Lifetime Award

Oldest NGO Receives Lifetime AwardThe Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), the Philippines oldest non-governmental organization (NGO) engaged in rural development, recently received the “Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award for 2007” from the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA).

PRRM, which was founded in 1952 by a group of civic-minded Filipino leaders headed by the late Dean Conrado Benitez, received the award “in recognition of its outstanding achievements as a volunteer development organization, as a pioneer and leader in harnessing volunteerism as a strategy in accomplishing its goals and objectives.” the organization was the first NGO to send youth volunteers to work in the rural villagers in order to carry out an integrated fourfold program of education, livelihood, health and self-governance.

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RP volunteer agency confers award to PRRM

RP volunteer agency confers award to PRRMThe PRRM is this year’s recipient of the Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award, conferred annually by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), an attached agency of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

In a letter dated 4 December 2007, PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. de Vera informed PRRM President Ding Navarro of the National Volunteer Month Steering Committee’s decision to confer the Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award to PRRM as an organization that has “consistently contributed talents, efforts and resources to volunteer work” in its sustainable development work in the provinces (Outstanding Volunteers To Be Recognized).

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Tracing the roots of rural reconstruction…

Tracing the roots of rural reconstructionGALVAN, NUEVA ECIJA – The sky was overcast when the vehicle we were riding passed the main arterial road from Gerona, Tarlac towards Nueva Ecija. The trip from Quezon City took three hours due to the incessant rain along the North Luzon Expressway. Tarlac City was still plagued with heavy traffic. But hey, any discomfort, I believed, will be compensated upon arrival at our destination.

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Coastal Clean Up

Coastal Clean UpLast 15 September 2007, members of the Conrado Benitez Institute of Sustainability (CBIS) led by VP Isagani R. Serrano plunged their feet in the dirty waters of Manila Bay in observance of the International Coastal Clean-Up activity. Also present were PRRM Bataan Chapter members led by Orion Vice-Mayor Virgilio Isidro, Trustee Emmanuel Gloria, and provincial manager Crispin Tria.

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MOU for Coconut Farms’ Development

MOU for Coconut Farms' DevelopmentLast September 12, 2007, the CIIF Oil Group of Companies, the Nagkakaisang Ugnayan ng mga Magsasaka at Manggagawa sa Niyugan (NIUGAN), and the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) signed a memorandum of understanding to work together for the development of the coconut industry.

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Alumni Night

Alumni NightThe week-long anniversary celebration culminated on the evening of July 18 with an alumni reunion held at the PRRM Penthouse. Around 150 alumni and staff from batch 1986 onwards reunited and happily looked back on their PRRM days as musicians Joey Ayala, Cynthia Alexander, and the Village Idiots provided the entertainment.

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PRRM’s 55th Anniversary Celebration

PRRM’s 55th Anniversary CelebrationWith the theme 55 Years of Building Sustainable Rural Communities, the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) celebrated its anniversary with a series of events and activities.

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Journals, Books, Articles, Features and Commentaries on national and international policy, grassroots developments and initiatives and rural reconstruction movement. Read more
Community and Habitat No. 13: Community resilience needs a change in mindset Community and Habitat No. 13: Community resilience needs a change in mindset
Community resilience needs a change in mindset
THIS ISSUE OF PRRM’S COMMUNITY & HABITAT JOURNAL IS focused on the intertwined issues of climate change, energy and food.

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