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Beginnings

Dr. Y. C. James Yen "Yen Yangchu"The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement was founded in 1952. It traces its roots to China where, in the early 1900s, the rural reconstruction movement was born, inspired and led by Dr. Y. C. James Yen “Yen Yangchu”.

PRRM, a movement committed to the caused of the Filipino peasant, began as a small group of prominent Filipinos led by Dean Conrado Benitez of the University of the Philippines.

Over the past five decades, PRRM has made a number of major contributions to Philippine rural development. It pioneered a whole era or rural development and local democracy in the country. PRRM was the first NGO to send its workers to the villages to implement its integrated, fourfold program of education, livelihood, health, and self-governance. PRRM pioneered the establishment of an elected barrio government. Today’s Barangay Council can be claimed by PRRM as one of its contributions to grassroots democracy.

beginnings01PRRM inspired the formation of similar national movements in Colombia, Guatemala, Ghana, India and Thailand. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), set up by Dr. Yen in the mid-60s, facilitated this process of globalization of the rural reconstruction movement.

Vision

PRRM envisions a world of equity and sustainability. The future is one where society is free of ignorance, poverty, disease, and powerlessness; and development takes place within the environment’s carrying capacity.

Mission

To enhance the capacity of rural communities in the planning, advocacy and implementation of sustainable development, through an integrated program of education, livelihood, health, habitat, environment, and self-governance.

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