By EDITH B. COLMO
March 15, 2012
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occ. — Press freedom in the Philippines was noted and hailed by International Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) Foundation regional manager Kees de Ruitger.
“Compared to such other Asian countries as Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, the press in the Philippines enjoys plenty of freedom to report the news as it happens,” observed Ruiter last weekend during a three-day conference here on Value Chain Development on Fair Economic Development: Conversations on Framework, hosted by partner NGO – Task Force Mapalad, among other non-government organizations and local government agency partners .
The Netherlands-based ICCO supports its local partner organizations in capability building and technical inputs for its beneficiaries including farmers, fishermen, indigenous peoples and other marginalized sectors in the rural areas with poverty-alleviating inputs.
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