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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Rina Jimenez-David
"IT'S like the history of the NGO movement of the Philippines passed before my eyes!" exclaimed Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman during the closing ceremonies of "Panibagong Paraan," the first Philippine Development Innovation Marketplace.
Dinky's quick nostalgia trip was occasioned by the announcement of the winners in the competition, which sought to identify innovative development projects to be given start-up grants. As the winners were called and went up the stage, said Dinky, she could spot faces from all phases of her own extensive NGO experience, from colleagues she had emulated when she was just starting out, to NGO stalwarts she had "grown up" with, to community leaders and people's organization leaders she had trained and supported. Indeed, several "generations" of …