Rural Improvement Clubs of the Philippines
| Rural Improvement Clubs of the Philippines|
|Head||Alma Grace Fausto|
|Address||ATI Office, Elliptical Road, Diliman, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines|
|Tel. No.||(632) 929-8541 to 42 loc 243|
|Fax No.||(632) 920-9792|
Rural Improvement Clubs of the Philippines (RIC) is a nationwide non-government organization in the Philippines which is rural or barangay-based, uplifting the living standard of its members and making them effective and productive partners of the government in community development. It is initially supported by the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Department of Agriculture.
RIC's promotion of rural development started when former Vice President Fernando Lopez was appointed secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (which is now reorganized into: Department of Agriculture and Department of Environment and Natural Resources) in 1953 and when the Bureau of Agricultural Extension was established.
Its objectives include:
- To uplift the living condition of rural women;
- To gain self-confidence and skillls which are essential to self-reliance;
- To gain experience in a simple livelihood operations.
Supports to RIC
The LGU and other organization has supported the members of the RIC with various assistance projects. One of which is the release of commodity such as piglets/ cattle/ goat for fattening and breeding venture, became a source of income for the families. The members also avail money lending as capital for a small business or micro enterprise (such as candy making, rag making, swine or cattle raising, ornamental and medicinal plants, sari-sari store, vegetable production, and eatery) of members, for agricultural development fund , and financial assistance. Agricultural and entrepreneurial skills of the members were develop through trainings and seminars on compost making, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on rice, corn, and vegetables, and food-processing courses.
The supports given to RIC increase the food supply particularly the production of rice in the late 1960's. It was first for the Philippines to become a rice-exporter (1968) which helped the economy of the country. With this additional income, the members of RIC were able to provide their children better education.
Members have also became advocates of the government's health, food and nutrition programs. Former Pres. Manuel Roxas' Rural Improvement Clubs in Capiz was involved in their area’s "Clean and Green" efforts as they maintained "Gulayan sa Barangay". The outstanding San Vicente RIC in Camarines Norte also produced vegetables as well as cultured ornamental and medicinal plants<ref name="test1"> (accessed on March 2, 2008)</ref>
- Aumbay Rural Improvement Club
- San Vicente RIC
- RIC of Panisijan, Uson, Masbate
- Talon Women GAD RIC featured in PIA Daily News Reader as "Aklan rural women’s group gets empowered on Women’s Day celebration."
- Pres. Roxas Rural Improvement Clubs Featured in pres- roxas.org's News and Events as "RICs: Into the mainstreams...
- BFAR turns over Bagsakan ng Isda program to Mt Province featured Episcopal Church Women-Rural Improvement Club, Rural Improvement Club (RIC) in Lubon Tadian, Rural Improvement Club in Poblacion, Sadanga as the associations who received financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Cordillera Administrative Region in its program "Bagsakan ng Isda sa Barangay."
- "History of Philippine Agriculture." DA.
- "Pres. Roxas Rural Improvement Clubs." Official Website of President Roxas, Capiz. (accessed on 30 January 2008)