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September 01, 2015, Tuesday
  • Local gov’t offers P 50K reward for the arrest of the killers of a 10-year-old girl in Tanay, Rizal. 31 minutes ago |
  • Thousands of fishermen expected to troop to Luneta on Wednesday to protest the amended Fisheries Code. 35 minutes ago |
  • Ombudsman to file a motion for reconsideration at SC after it granted Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s petition to post bail. about 1 hour ago |
  • Ombudsman Morales says she’ll decide in 1 month if a case may be filed vs. Abad & other gov’t ofcls. on DAP disbursements. about 1 hour ago |
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  • Weather forecasters say about two to four storms will hit PH in September. about 1 hour ago |
  • Maynilad & Manila Water warn of water supply interruptions in some areas in NCR with the onset of El Nino. about 1 hour ago |
  • Some fishermen complain the Amended Fisheries Code contains too many restrictions. about 1 hour ago |
  • Comelec reminds OFWs that the deadline for their registration is on October 12. about 1 hour ago |
  • Comelec lengthens voter registration days from Monday to Saturday and on holidays. about 1 hour ago |
  • 12-year-old girl dies in fire that hit their home in Sitio Masikap, Quezon. about 1 hour ago |
  • Search on for mountaineer swept away by strong waves while crossing a creek in San Jose, Tarlac. about 1 hour ago |
  • Landslide hits Villaviciosa town in Abra forcing at least 166 families to flee their homes. about 1 hour ago |
  • Expelled INC Min. Isaias Samson Jr. asks gov’t what deal it struck with INC that supposedly ended its 5-day rally. about 1 hour ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima back at work at DOJ and says she has no plans of resigning. about 1 hour ago |
  • CBCP calls on Catholics not to support same-sex marriage. 17 hours ago |
  • 5 mountaineers drown in Nagsasa Creek in San Jose, Tarlac on Monday afternoon. 17 hours ago |
  • Phivolcs records 5 tremors in areas in Southern Mindanao. 17 hours ago |
  • Petron to implement a P 2.25/kilo rollback on the price of LPG on Tuesday. 17 hours ago |
  • Sandiganbayan issues hold departure orders vs. Fmr. Agusan Del Sur Rep. Rodolfo Plaza & 7 others linked to pork barrel scam. 17 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp claims De Lima is prioritizing political ambition over the resolution of PDAF and SAF 44 cases. 17 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp calls on Justice Sec. Leila de Lima to resign. 18 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas says gov’t & INC leaders have been in contact with one another since the beginning of the rally at DOJ. 18 hours ago |
  • Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says INC’s protest peacefully ended through goodwill and convergence of efforts. 18 hours ago |
  • Deputy Pres’l Spokesperson Abigail Valte says talks between gov’t & INC centered on clarification of issues & concerns. 18 hours ago |
  • Palace says there has been no deal made between gov’t and Iglesia ni Cristo. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino led the National Heroes’ Day commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. 22 hours ago |
  • Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda thanks the INC for ending its 5-day protest rally. 23 hours ago |
  • 9 killed in a collision between a multicab & a truck before dawn Monday in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. 23 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino calls on people to unite & set aside personal interests during his message on National Heroes’ Day. 23 hours ago |
  • Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares says the right of expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson Jr. to file a complaint must be respected. 23 hours ago |
  • CIBAC Party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna says DOJ must continue hearing the complaint of expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson Jr. 23 hours ago |
  • Fire kills 6 stay-in workers in a bakery in Taal, Batangas. 23 hours ago |
  • Clean-up of area around EDSA-Shaw Boulevard ongoing following 5 days of INC’s protest. 23 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow now moving along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 23 hours ago |
  • Some INC members still trooped to DOJ early Monday morning & left only after INC’s announcement that the protest was over. 23 hours ago |
  • Commuters who were at EDSA-Mandaluyong area about 6 am Monday experienced monstrous traffic jam due to INC rally. 23 hours ago |
  • INC members rejoiced upon hearing their leaders’ announcement at about 8 am Monday that they are ending the protest. 23 hours ago |
  • LRTA says the remaining value stored in the magnetic cards can be transferred to beep cards. 23 hours ago |
  • LRT-2 removes from all its stations the gates for magnetic cards as it paves the way for beep cards. 23 hours ago |
  • Registration for 2016 polls continues in selected malls in the provinces. 23 hours ago |
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Helping build communities via organic farming

By Elaine Ramos Alanguilan | Feb. 16, 2013 at 06:01pm
Fertilizing vegetables the organic way


ORGANIC farming has been identified as a strategy to help in the rehabilitation of the Marikina Watershed.

This is why the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) and Smart Communications Inc. have organized a comprehensive course on integrated natural farming, part of a series of training programs on livelihood conducted since last year for communities within the Marikina Watershed.

PDRF and Smart are proponents of the Marikina Watershed Initiative, which calls for the protection, reforestation and rehabilitation of the river basin that mitigates flooding in Metro Manila and outlying areas.

“The Marikina Watershed Initiative is more than just planting trees to save the watershed. A crucial component of this initiative is addressing the problem on poverty that hounds upland communities within the watershed,” said Smart department head for community partnerships Darwin Flores.

“If we train them on alternative means of livelihood such as organic farming and bamboo construction, we help save the trees within the watershed that are cut down by the residents for charcoal making,” added Flores.

In training

The Costales family conducted the seminar and internship program


The Costales family, which owns the Costales Nature Farms of Majayjay in Laguna, was tapped to conduct the seminar and internship program. The Costales farm is accredited by the Agriculture Department as a training institute for organic farming.

The seminar aims to equip the participants with the necessary skills and techniques in starting or expanding an integrated organic farm. The seminar is divided into two phases—lecture and actual implementation for better appreciation and guaranteed learning.

Some 25 key leaders from among the supported Peoples’ Organizations in the Marikina Watershed participated in the training program on Integrated Natural Farming and Effective Microorganisms Technology Workshop that was held in December last year.

This training was followed by a six-day Internship Program on Natural and Organic Farming, which aims to develop the participant’s confidence, technical and management skills that are necessary in activating, supervising and managing an organic farm.

The participants were taught about natural farming


The week-long internship program will transfer more learning and technology to the attendees regarding organic and natural farming, and is seen to set the Demo Farm Project in motion. Another long-time partner of Smart, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, will help set up the demo farm in the watershed.

The project orientation of the Demo Farm Building and Organic Farming was held last Jan. 29.

Smart has been supporting livelihood and community building initiatives through its Kabalikat program.
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