Atty. Ben Ramos: 24/7 Pro-bono Lawyer and Development Worker


Only several weeks have passed since the savage massacre of 9 farmworkers in Sagay when one of the lawyers handling the case, Atty. Benjamin Ramos, became the next target and victim of what has become a spate of killings in this country. ASCENT slams the brutal murder of Atty. Ramos by motorcycle-riding men who shot … Continue reading Atty. Ben Ramos: 24/7 Pro-bono Lawyer and Development Worker

When One Farmer Killed is One Too Many


The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) vehemently condemns the massacre of nine farmers, two of which were minors, in a strafing incident in Hacienda Nene, Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City, Negros Occidental on the night of October 20. Aside from being peppered with bullets, two bodies were also burned by the unindentified armed men. The victims … Continue reading When One Farmer Killed is One Too Many

A School like No other in the Bicol Region: Isaias Sta. Rosa Alternative Farmers’ School


The Isaias Sta. Rosa Alternative Farmers’ School (ISRAFS) in Legazpi, Albay is the first of its kind in the Bicol Region. It aims to develop farmer technicians based on their actual economic, socio-political and environmental conditions. They are expected to spearhead in increasing the agricultural production of farmers’ organizations and in managing cooperatives. It uses … Continue reading A School like No other in the Bicol Region: Isaias Sta. Rosa Alternative Farmers’ School

Sr. Patricia Fox: Development Worker


As a missionary nun, Sr. Patricia “Pat” Fox has immersed herself in development programs that address the issues confronting poor farmers and indigenous peoples. In 1991 she was among the church people who helped set up the Central Luzon Disaster Response Network (CLDRN) that addressed various calamities experienced by poor and marginalized communities. And on … Continue reading Sr. Patricia Fox: Development Worker

ASCENT Calls for a Stop to the Harassment of Disaster Response Center (DIRECT) Staff Member


The harassment, threat, and intimidation of development workers never stop in the time of Duterte. On July 18, April Rose Avila, administrative staff of the Disaster Response Center (DIRECT), a non-government organization (NGO) for community-based disaster management (CBDM) that operates in SOCCKSARGEN, was accosted by a man named Jerson Gallego, who introduced himself as part … Continue reading ASCENT Calls for a Stop to the Harassment of Disaster Response Center (DIRECT) Staff Member