Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

transformOn September 25 - 27, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly met for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at its headquarters in New York, USA.

The Summit is a follow-through of the Millenium Development Goals that ends this year.

Following is the resolution it adopted on September 25:  Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The General Assembly Adopts the following outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda: [Read More]

A Tribute to Dr. Ruben Aspiras

DocAspinasA staunch advocate of genuine agrarian reform and sustainable rural development and a reliable ally of poor farmers, fishers and workers.

Continuing Hope for the Marginalized

awardingCivil society organizations (CSOs) in some municipalities of Sorsogon are now becoming more enthusiastic on GPB or Grassroots Participatory Budgeting, more than anyone else.

In two consecutive years since the implementation of GPB, 2012 and 2013, CSOs began drafting lists of priority projects submitted to different national government agencies yearning that even if not all, at least majority of those contained in the lists will be incorporated in the budget preparation of the participating agencies. From the numerous sectors actively taking part in GPB, those engaged in farming and fishing activities are amongst that are very mindful in arriving at their proposed projects, including the partner people’s organizations (PO) of IRDF: BIGKIS (farmers’ organization), ALPAS (fisherfolks’ organization), and GABAY (women’s organization). And for the duration of three years, some of them were successful and have already enjoyed the benefits of having a bottom-up approach in the local planning of LGUs. A number of farmers’ organizations have been recipients of irrigation projects, others were granted farm machineries, and for the fisherfolks, some have also received fishing paraphernalia.  [View Full Document]

PHO-Sorsogon responded to complaints about poor health services

healthA lot of questions were thrown at Dr. Edgar Garcia, Provincial Health Officer (PHO) of Sorsogon during IRDF’spublic forum on health governance held on October 2, 2014.

In Dr. Garcia’s report concerning the current health situation of the province, he stated that ballooning cases of teenage pregnancy are alarming. “One in every 10 women aged 15-19 are becoming pregnant,” he added. Thus, he hopes that through the RH Bill, women can be properly informed on things like this. Aside from that, he alsohighlighted the important role of the media in disseminating information that would encourage local folks to give birth in health facilities and to have regular pre-natal check-ups. 

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IRDF calls for a press con

arzeOn September 30, 2014, IRDF opened its door to media practitioners of Sorsogon to welcome queries with respect to the former’s effort in promoting transparent governance in the province.

IRDF targeted to not just introduce the Participatory Governance Project and its achievements, but more so to hear what the media might say about having an LGU-CSO partnership in policy arenas such as the GPB (Grassroots Participatory Budgeting).

Read more: IRDF calls for a press con

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