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Erle Frayne Argonza

Tuna sandwich, tuna adobo, grilled tuna, and more tuna. We’re surely a happy people here in the islands, based on Asian researches showing that in fact we’re the happiest people. I’d say tuna is among those fauna that satiates our appetites and make us happily fulfilled.

In case you fellows would want to know what gears are used to catch tuna—that would not damage the environment nor the infantile tuna—let this be told. Muro ami and purse seiners are… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 30, 2008 at 6:16am — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Development communication is a fascinating field of development management, and I speak about the subject through experience. Here I’d focus on communicating change to the grassroots, my early experience being the first designated Public Relations Manager – Region II of the (defunct) Ministry of Human Settlements or MHS. (That’s a Director I post by the way, and I was only 24 years old then.)

Change programs for the marginal sectors are not… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 29, 2008 at 5:54am — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Perhaps the readers may recall that a couple of years back, Sec. Angelo Reyes of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) initiated massive tree planting and the constitution of ecology volunteers’ groups for the purpose. The trees were visibly planted along the pan-Philippine highway and strategic areas, for greater impact generation.

That project was very appreciable, but it was not the original thing. In the years 1979-81,… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 28, 2008 at 9:04am — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

As I went around Batan Island, Batanes province’s main isle that contains the capital Basco and the domestic airport, for the 1st time in 1981, I immediately scheduled visits to the Mayors of Mahatoa, Ivana and Uyugan towns. I heard from my kins, the Basco Mayor Castillejos included, and staff that these towns still practiced consuming ‘sweet potato’ and ‘gabi roots’ as staples. Prior to that, I saw with my own eyes the huge bulbs of garlic that dwarfed… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 26, 2008 at 3:36am — 2 Comments

Color in the Graphs, by Morel Jones

When I signed up to work with a development NGO in India, I had very romantic notions of what my experience would be like. In February 2008, I began working with an agricultural development organization called Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), which is partially staffed by scientists and works to improve the livelihoods of farming families and empower rural women and youth. In my mind, I imagined an organization… Continue

Added by Mary on June 25, 2008 at 3:11pm — 2 Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Good afternoon! Food be with you! (Hmmm that’s to borrow from Christian’s ‘peace’ maxim…)

You may wonder how we stakeholders of development do our coordination here in the Philippines, and I’d say coordination is practically the same everywhere. It involves ‘partnering’, an unraveling of distrust and a sincere effort to cooperate and collaborate. Partnering eventually creates strong institutions, thus catalyzing development further.

I was… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 25, 2008 at 6:17am — No Comments

Better your relationships.

One of the worst fears of going on any date is a Date Gone Bad. One of the concepts that iI teach at my weekly dating workshops is how to politely exit a bad dating situation, At last week's workshop, I had a woman say, "I couldn't just get up and leave" . I turned around and asked her why not? She replied, " It would be rude" . This was followed by agreeing murmurs throughtout the crowd.

If you have a person sitting across from you with food falling out their mouth when they talk to… Continue

Added by Focusing Forward on June 24, 2008 at 2:38pm — 3 Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

The recession stay, the downward global economic spiral will continue for an indefinite time. This is the pattern that we can now see across the globe.

Stock markets have been crashing, going through a freefall for couples of months now. In Manila, the Philippine stock market is down at 2,400+ points as of this morning, or 800 points short of its best performance of 3,300+ late last year. The pattern is true in other stock markets as… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 24, 2008 at 3:35am — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Good morning!

It is a stormy morning actually as I write this piece, and it seems to coincide with stormy events in the European continent at the moment. The continental storm has got to do with the finalization of the Lisbon treaty that could have effected complete political integration of Europe.

What makes the treaty questionable, in the opinion of many in Europe and across the globe, is that it didn’t pass through the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 23, 2008 at 7:43pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Dios ta aggawaw! (Ibanag equivalent for ‘good day’!)

It may seem yucky a reportage to many obsessive-compulsives out there to hear that earthworms serve the most noble purpose of reinforcing our food needs. I mean not only the wormy task of processing our soil, but the true-blue blending of processed earthworm to produce biscuits and wafers.

That technology—of vermiculture—was born for way back three (3) decades today. I was just an entry… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 22, 2008 at 4:16am — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Happy Centennial Anniversary to my Beloved Alma Mater, the University of the Philippines!

Being a development expert, I wish to highlight in this briefer the developmental side to the premier university of my beloved country. The University or the Philippines or U.P. is foremost of all an indication of the maturity of Filipino education and educators, in that after 100 years of existence, we as a people were able to show to the world the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 21, 2008 at 5:57am — No Comments

Clean Water and Appropriate Technology, by John Allen

Over the past few months, FSD intern John Allen has been involved in water development efforts in Jinja, Uganda. John’s internship has been hosted by Busoga Trust, an organization that seeks to extend the coverage of safe drinking water and sanitation to rural communities in Uganda. With his background in Civil Engineering, John has been working actively with the technical team at Busoga Trust to… Continue

Added by Mary on June 18, 2008 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Samurais in Tuguearao! That must be a farfetched chimera, but truly in this capital town of Cagayan province (Northern Philippines) is located a village of cottage industries run and managed by marginal artisans. Their chief craft was, and remains to be that of bladed metal works.

I was pretty busy scouring for bankable projects in my own hometown (my basic education years were spent in Tuguegarao) as early as 1981 when news came to me that a… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 17, 2008 at 3:54am — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Hi Fellows! Kumusta kayo! (How are you doing!)

You may wonder how a man, convicted for murder and imprisoned for a long period, possessing just a single arm (he was amputated of his left arm), would survive life after prison. This is the success story of a man from Solana town, Cagayan province (northern Philippines), whose name now escapes my memory when I met him in 1982.

Solana is a new town carved out of its mother town, the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 16, 2008 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

Call for Papers for the 2008 HMF International Film/Media Festival & Conference

I thought I would post the following for anyone who might be interested--please don't hesitate to contact us at or visit should you need further information or have any questions.

Call for Papers for the 2008 HMF International Film/Media Festival & Conference

The 2008 HMF International Film/Media Conference will be taking place concurrently with… Continue

Added by Humanitarian Media Foundation (HMF) on June 15, 2008 at 12:17am — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

[The author is a yogi-mystic, guru of self-realization. He's also a social scientist, technocrat, former university mentor. He has written and delivered talks on destiny and prophecy.]

Good morning!

As I was moving back to home-base, done with my gym exercise, my eyes caught the news bit in the newsstands about the biggest Philippine flag recently unfurled in Baguio City. So huge was the flag, it weighed over 3 tons.

Whoever may… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 12, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Good day to everyone!

There is great reason to be electrified with joy in the Philippines over the electrification of the islands. For sooner or later, way before 2010 is over, no more town or village shall ever remain darkened by the eons-old absence of electricity. Power development will then move on to its more ambitious tasks, including electrifying the powerless zones of other countries.

As a little boy then who grew up in the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 12, 2008 at 4:38am — No Comments

An Entrepreneur Network, by Jennifer Drapisch

Over the past 6 months I have worked with Centro de Entrenamiento para la Producción (CEP). They are an NGO established to assist small and medium sized businesses (PYMES) through technological development and business training. The Argentine government recently created subsidies and tax credits aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Argentine PYMES. CEP acts as a window for these programs by assisting in paperwork and requirement fulfillment. They also manage the government sponsored… Continue

Added by Mary on June 11, 2008 at 3:15pm — 2 Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

[Writ 12 April 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila. The author was former community development assistant at the Ministry of Human Settlements, Region II, in early 1981.]

If Bob Marley were alive today and visited Mayoyao in Ifugao, Cordillera region, he might achieve euphoria even without having to smoke pot. And his cause for Dionysiac wonderment would be: a fishpond atop a mountain. And he’d declare wide-eyed, with nary a 2nd thought, that “the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 11, 2008 at 4:51am — No Comments

Food Crisis Forces New Look at Farming

Haiti is one of many developing nations being affected by the global food crisis. The food crisis has caused both donors and recipients of anti-poverty aid to rethink doctrines about the role of agriculture and whether poor nations should grow their own food or rely on the world's trading system. For decades, poor nations were discouraged from investing too much in agriculture, which was seen as a problem rather than a solution to fighting poverty. Many free market economists have been led to… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on June 10, 2008 at 2:46pm — No Comments

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