Cotabato Province e-Newsletter

Governor’s Message on Rural Improvement Club of the Philippines

I would like to salute and congratulate the Rural Improvement Club of the Philippines for conducting the RIC National Convention on November 26-29, 2013 at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila with the theme “RIC Today: Building More Entrepreneurial Opportunities Towards Environmental and Economic Sustainability.

The RIC has gone a long way from its humble beginning to taking an active role in nation-building through its dynamic participation in creating entrepreneurial prospects for the farming family that will lead to upliftment of their socio-economic conditions, and the awareness on environmental concerns and issues. Gone are the days when RIC members are just viewed as typical homemakers, but today they take pride as one of the active frontliners in community development.

By uplifting the living standard of rural women and making them effective and productive partners of the government, the RIC promotes rural development through microfinance lending, entrepreneurship training, leadership training, livelihood skill training, gender and development training and environmental awareness seminar. All of these lead to empowerment of women in bringing their family to better quality of life and food self-sufficiency which are the major determinants of rural development.

As a volunteer core group, the RIC harnesses the potentials of rural women in its various development-oriented community projects and activities anchored on the Serbisyong Totoo advocacy in Cotabato Province.

In Cotabato, the Provincial leadership has a strong support to the RIC. In fact, we have programs to strengthen and revitalize the Provincial RIC and enhance the productivity of rural women; conduct entrepreneurial trainings and create awareness on food and nutrition of the family; livelihood project assistance; commemoration of the founding of RIC; development among members the value and best practices for better family living; recognition of outstanding achievements and achievers; and, creation of gender awareness for rural women. One future challenge will be projects on environmental conservation and sustainability.

Finally, I commend the organizers of this RIC National Convention, the RIC members, officers, ATI focal persons and Center Directors, DA RFO Staff and other rural-based organization officers nationwide. May your aim to revitalize the commitment and rejuvenate the sense of responsibility among RIC members and officers be achieved.

Congratulations to the success of this event!