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Sometime ago, the farmers only produced corn and upland rice.  Today, they already tap the rubber trees that were planted through the “Plant Now, Pay Later” rubber production program in 2008. (“We no longer teach our children how to dismantle and assemble guns.  Instead, we teach them how to tap rubber trees”, one leader said.) Coconut and other permanent crops (coffee and cacao) are on the bearing stage. Those engaged in banana production have been enjoying the good harvest. Backyard poultry and livestock are prominent. These are the dividends of peace.

Once, the people relied on animals of burden (carabao and horses) in bringing their products to the town.  Now, the people transport their products using motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles.  (Ustadz Anwar Montawal calls: “We used to start our journey to Damulog centro at dawn and arrive home at seven in the evening.  Now, we can go to the town at any given time because of the road that the local government built. Today, many of us own a motorcycle.  Ustadz Thong Ibrahem (another leader) owns two Suzuki multi-cabs, he contined.) 


Cristene and Althea are Gretchen Siva’s treasures.  She is a young mother who would do everything to keep her girls safe and healthy at all times.  With that in mind, she believes that the self-help concept of PuLPuG is relevant to her family’s need as preparation in times of sickness.

“It is heart-warming to be able to help others.  I never wish for my loved ones to get sick.  My P20.00 per month contribution is a small amount.  What inspires me is the spirit of cooperative endeavour in the community.”

Cristene and Althea were admitted to the hospital on November 23, 2017, due to fever convulsions.   Cristene contracted UTI, while Althea had pneumonia. 

“We received financial support from our local group without delay. My worries lessened knowing that I can quickly bring my two girls to the hospital.  The Federation also reimbursed all the medicines that we bought outside the hospital.  We are grateful for what this project has done to my family and to our community.”

Rheana, Gretchen:  ‘Please Don’t Forget What They Did for You.’

Life is tough for Romeo and Gina Ybañez. They have two children; they are also taking care of their three nieces. Romeo is a farmer but he doesn’t own a farm. He is a share-tenant of two landowners.

I am thankful for our Pastor because it was through him that we heard of an organization called PuLPuG. With eagerness we joined the organization.  Php 20 per month per household is not a heavy burden.

We will have a good harvest if take care of our maize farm. This is my perception of the program.  Even if we do not benefit from the money we contribute, it will be a joy to know that our monthly contribution can help a neighbour in need.

We do not want to get sick, but when my daughter Rheana and my niece, Gretchen, had pneumonia at the same time, we were able to bring the two sick girls to Kibawe Provincial Hospital because our group paid for the transport and provided food for the watchers.  The Federation also paid Php 2,210 worth of medicines which were not available in the hospital pharmacy.

Without PuLPuG we would have been in a complete loss where to find the money.  We are very grateful that we bonded together to help each other in times of need.  We will continue to do this and pray that more families will join the organization. 


MuCAARD-UK supports community based development organisations in developing countries to improve the lives of disadvantaged groups; enabling them to grow hope, gain confidence and strengthen their capabilities through non-violent action.
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Helping people help themselves. Community based and effective.
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Meeting this afternoon organised by local community radio station - Bigfm, Bukidnon - and Mucaard-BISAP introducing local developed corn/maize seeds and using organic liquid foliar fertilizers at affordable prices for the farmers. Over 120 people attended. They're starting with 11 farmer demonstrators who are members of PuLPuG setting up small (1000sq m) demonstration plots in the villages to show what the harvest potentially can be. Farmers can then decide if they want to join for the main planting in April. There's a lot of interest!
MuCAARD-UK3 weeks ago
Happy New Year to all our supporters.

You saw the photo of these two girls in our last newsletter - now happy and healthy thanks to the treatment made available by the GRACE/PulPug scheme. We continue to support this project and many more people have been able to access health care in time.
MuCAARD-UK4 weeks ago
Happy Christmas to all and many thanks to all our supporters. This image Ronda me how everything we do affects the whole Earth and how beautiful it is. Lets keep on working to improve the environment and maintain peace where we can.
MuCAARD-UK1 month ago
Yesterday I attended the BISAP-MuCAARD 2nd annual assembly of the GRACE/PuLPuG Federation. As a result of Romy's radio programme 'Perspectives', they welcomed 6 new community groups as members making a total of 25 covering over 700 families. Discussions were had about levels of reimbursement of receipts as the original maximum of Pesos 10,000 per hospitalisation has had to be reduced to P5000 as the Federation monthly membership fees/group aren't sufficient to cover the need. Better everyone gets a partial refund than they run out of money and some get nothing. Better still if everyone pays their dues on time! The level of poverty means that it is hard to increase the monthly membership as, inevitably, the poorest will drop out as they can't afford it. The most important thing is to get patients to the public hospital asap to avail of the government PhilHealth programme.
MuCAARD-UK2 months ago
Romy is on air every Friday and Saturday ...not Thursday! Apologies. Filipino time