PRRM-Negros Holds Prov’l Confab on Agri-Fishery Agenda

The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), one of the biggest and oldest non-government organizations (NGOs) in the country, and its partner local sectoral formations especially the Negros Occidental Small Fishers Alliance (NOSFA) and the Alliance of Sustainable Agriculture Practitioners in Negros (ASAPNE) will hold a Provincial Conference today, May 23, 2014 (9AM) at the Ting-ting’s Native Food Restaurant, B.S. Aquino Drive (Shopping), Bacolod City.

PRRM-Negros/United Nation (UN) World Food Programme Cluster conducted Community Consultations held recently in Northern Negros areas affected by Yolanda.*

The Provincial Conference, which carries the theme "Confronting the Challenges of Poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction: Building A Responsive Negros Agri-Fishery Agenda", will be attended in by 50 leaders and representatives of small fisher and small farmer organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and academic institutions.

The conference’s objectives are: 1) Provide participants updates on the provincial agri-fishery situation especially after Yolanda and on current programs and projects of national and local government agencies especially related to poverty and disaster risk reduction; 2) Level off on the current and priority issues and concerns of small farmers and fishers, and other marginalized sectors; 3) Come up with a responsive Agri-Fishery Action Agenda, and 4) Provide a venue and coordinative mechanism for strengthening PRRM/CSOs networking efforts from the local and national levels.

Among the invited speakers are: Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Committee on Agriculture head Victor Javellana and PRRM Vice President Marlon Palomo who will give the opening/keynote remarks on the conference’s theme. Other speakers are SP Members Alain Gatuslao and Raul Rivera, and Arnel Viray, national president of the Pambansang Ugnayan ng mga Mangingisda sa Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (PUMALU-MV), who will give Solidarity Messages.

Invited resource persons are from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), and the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG), who will give updates on their current programs and projects especially after Yolanda.* (Hazel Aghon, PRRM-Negros Secretariat)


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