Archive for April 14th, 2009

Letter to the Editor: Philippine Star

April 14, 2009

To : The Editor,

The Philippine Star

We would like to make corrections on the news article entitled “Newly organized group bats for organic agriculture” written by Marianne V. Go which saw print on Page B-4 of the April 4, 2009 issue of The Philippine Star.

In particular, we are referring to paragraphs 1 and 2 which states that “Various groups have banded together to form a new organization called One Organic Movement that will work for the development of organic agriculture in the Philippines. Led by the Philippine Development Assistance Program (PDAP) the group is composed of La Liga Pilipinas/Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), Organic Products and Traders Association, Organic Certification Center of the Philippines” … among others.

La Liga Policy Institute (and not La Liga Pilipinas) or LLPI and the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) are not members of the newly formed One Organic Movement.

LLPI and PRRM belong to the Go Organic! Philippines, a consortium of nongovernment organizations and organic farming advocates which promotes sustainable agriculture in the Philippines.

LLPI and PRRM are currently taking the lead in implementing the Organic FIELDS Support Program (OFSP) Phase 1, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).

The project seeks to promote organic farming in the Philippines in preparation for the conversion of 400,000 hectares of rice farms into organic farm sites by 2010.

Go Organic! Philippines by initiating partnerships at the local and national level helps farmers shift from conventional farming that relies heavily on expensive synthetic chemical inputs to a farming system that is more sustainable. Organic farming improves income, health and the environment. Or as Go Organic! Philippines says, “para sa kabuhayan, kalusugan, kalikasan”.

LLPI and PRRM welcome the diversity of organic farming movements in the Philippines, and elsewhere. That is a source of our strength even as we all work for the common goal of sustainable agriculture and rural development.