Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tatay Francis, Environmental Hero

Francis Morales, or Tatay Francis as he is fondly called, has been recognized as one of the country’s environmental defenders by the award-giving body, Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan (GBK). GBK honors the individuals and groups protecting and defending the environment and peoples’ rights.

“Tatay Francis bravely defended the rights of Typhoon survivors amid media slanting and attacks from government institutions, due to the Barug Katawhan’s organized confiscation of hoarded relief goods in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) regional office warehouse. Threatened by then Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman with criminal charges for defending how the “hungry and angry” survivors were justified in the assertion, Tatay Francis retorted with an intense but calm “see you in court”.

He became part of Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG) where he became their advocacy officer before being part of its Board of Trustees. Applying his wide knowledge in sustainable agriculture, he initiated a Resilient Agriculture Program that benefitted the communities affected by Typhoon Pablo and Yolanda.

Until his last breath, Tatay Francis was knee-deep in serving the people. He served as the rocj and foundation of the Daluyong Network of Disaster Survivors formed in 2014 in Tacloban City, and unprecedented gathering of typhoon survivors from all over the country.

Tatay Francis’ post-humous award was received by his wife Anita and daughter Raray, who are also development workers pushing for sustainable agriculture.#


Roundtable Discussion on Golden Rice

RESIST Agrochemical TNCs together with the All UP Academic Employees Union and NNARA – Youth UP Manila conducted a Round Table Discussion with civil society organizations regarding the imminent approval of Golden Rice application for direct use and open field testing. Present were different organizations working with peasants, farm workers, women farmers, youth, church groups, sustainable and organic agriculture practitioners and community health workers.

During the RTD the problems posed by the planned application to field test Golden Rice in Nueva Ecija and Isabela and feed testing of Golden Rice among target communities in the country were discussed. Among the participants, initials plans of actions have also been explored to further strengthen the campaign against the genetically modified rice. #

Job Opportunity: Bookkeeper

MASIPAG regional office in the Visayas is looking for a motivated individual who will be responsible of ensuring complete and accurate documentation and reporting of the use and up-to-date condition of all financial and non-financial resources of MASIPAG Regional Office in the Visayas.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Performs documentation, bookkeeping and accounting of the region’s financial and non-financial resources.
2. Ensures compliance to minimum mandatory and statutory requirements of regulatory agencies;
3. Monitors efficiency in utilization and management of the region’s material resources;
4. Monitors efficiency in utilization and management of MASIPAG income generating facilities in the region;
5. Comply with the regional secretariat reporting and documentation and
6. Perform other tasks as may be delegated by immediate supervisor.

1. With background in basic bookkeeping and accounting
2. With passion or interest in working with farmers sector
3. With good moral character in his/her school, or community or previous employment
4. Computer-literate
5. Willing to be trained
6. Interested fresh graduates may apply

Interested applicants may submit their application letter and resume to:
The Regional Coordinator