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Last updated:  12 June 2001

  • ANIHAN - Agrarian Reform and Rural Development in the Philippines - "is maintained by numerous agrarian reform and rural development organizations. All of these individual member organizations also belong to networks of organizations, such as AR Now! and COIR. It is also supported by the Popular Coalition to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty, a global consortium of intergovernmental, civil-society and bilateral organizations committed to the empowerment of the rural poor"
  • Asia House (Germany) - "a meeting place for people with different interests in Asia. Various groups of immigrants from Asian countries meet regularly in the Asia House" - this web-site offers access to resources on the Philippines
  • 1986 EDSA Revolution Website - "From the eyes of a bird, the citizens of Manila resembled like ants swarming on the entire stretch of EDSA. Most of the streets were blockaded and trees were cut down to serve as makeshift anti-tank barricades. Curious civilians climbed the 25-ft. light posts just to witness the unfolding of history. Along the banks, women attended to the thirsty, hungry and the weary. Men stood vigilant and served as perimeter guards just in case loyalist troops decided to attack. Priests and nuns prayed and comforted people as they made their way through the population with rosaries and crucifixes at hand"
  • Agricultural Training Centre for Small Farmers in the Philippines - A project by the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development: "The idea of setting up a Farmers' Learning Center for Sustainable Agriculture originated in October 1993 with a small group of Filipino women and men, who saw it as a means of improving the quality of education and of making information on resource - sparing methods of cultivation more accessible. The Center was built in the vicinity of Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental."
  • Australian Philippines Business Council - "aims to foster friendship, understanding and mutual benefit between the business communities of both countries. Its primary aim is to promote trade, investment, and technical cooperation between Australia and the Philippines. The development of an innovative and accessible mode of communication between APBC (and PABC) members, as well as other interested parties, is vital if we are to achieve these aims"
  • Babilonia Wilner Foundation - a Philippines Charity concerned with the environment and its impact on living conditions conducive to health
  • Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) - "established in May 1985. It brought together more than one thousand grassroots organizations with a total membership of more than one million, representing different classes and sectors committed to our people's struggle for national freedom and democracy. The founding chairperson was the staunch nationalist Senator Lorenzo Tanada, the Grand Old Man of Philippine politics"
  • Balangay - a research and advocacy site for Philippine Local Governance including an offer to web-sites of NGOs active in the field
  • Balay - a resource and advocate site on housing and urban poor issues
  • BAYAN - "The BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN (BAYAN), which means New Patriotic Alliance, is a national multi-sectoral alliance of people's organizations committed to the Filipino people's struggle for national freedom and democracy"
  • Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) - "organized in 1991 by ten of the largest NGO networks in the country. Today CODE-NGO counts at its members seven national networks and four regional networks, representing more than 3,000 NGOs and cooperatives all over the country"
  • Center for Alternative Development Initiatives (CADI) - "a civil society organization (CSO) dedicated to the study, encouragement and implementation of sustainable development. CADI aims to loosen the hold of reductionist and materialistic thoughts, structures, practices and behaviors which produce social cancers including elite globalization, poverty, environmental destruction, chemical poisoning, physician-induced diseases, social injustice, malnutrition and moral corruption, among others. CADI, in its pursuit of sustainable development, provides research, education, training, networking and consultations in many areas of the newly emerged second and more holistic scientific revolution"
  • Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) - "Established in 1989, the Center's main objectives are to promote awarenesss, knowledge and use of environmental protection and rehabilitation concepts and technologies, as well as conduct research and develop protection and rehabilitation models"
  • Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility - "To protect and strengthen the free press as a pillar of democracy; To establish a framework of responsibility and ethics in the practice of the press; To promote journalistic excellence; To engage different sectors of society in building a free press in the Philippines"
  • Children's Rehabilitation Center - "a non- stock, non-profit, non-government institution serving children and families who are victims of state violence in the Philippines. It focuses its services on children in the rural and urban areas who suffer physical health problems, emotional disorders, and social maladjustments due to such traumatic events as arrest, torture, forced displacement, strafing, bombing, massacre, disappearance, and other forms of human rights violations"
  • Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Asia-Pacific (CATWAP) - "an international network of feminist groups, organizations and individuals fighting the sexual exploitation of women globally"
  • Community Organization Training and Research Advocacy Institute (CO-TRAIN) - a non-governmental organization committed to enhance knowledge and capabilities of community organizers by providing a basic training program on issue-based community organizing approach which is based on 20 years of community organizing experience
  • Council for Health and Development - "a national organization of non-government Community-Based Health Programs (CBHPs), institutions and individuals serving the poor and marginalized segments of Philippine society"
  • COURAGE - Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees. This excellent web-site is considered to be "an electronic center for coordination of Philippine public sector workers as well as a hub for friendship and unity with public sector workers around the world"
  • Development Academy of the Philippines - "Since its birth in 1973, the Academy has assisted in shaping new public policies, in crafting innovative development programs, and in modernizing the management of government institutions. Such capacity-building has been achieved through the Academy’s organizational consultancy services, management training and education programs, technical assistance, and policy-related research"
  • Environmental Legal Assistance Center - "to protect and assert environmental rights and equitable access to and control of natural resource use by communities in Palawan and the Visayas through effective developmental legal assistance and community based resource management"
  • Federation of Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines (KAMP) - The Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas or KAMP is the national federation of indigenous peoples organizations in the Philippines. Established in 1987, KAMP traces its beginning to the Consultative Assembly of Minority Peoples of the Philippines (CAMPP) back in September 1983. The assembly served as a regular venue where tribal leaders belonging to the 6.5 million indigenous population met to share and discuss the problems and life struggles of indigenous peoples
  • Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. - a non-stock, non-profit Philippine NGO-managed foundation that seeks to demonstrate the link between external debt reduction and sustainable development. The Foundation is tasked with administering a fund that was established through a bilateral debt reduction agreement between the Swiss and Philippine governments in partnership with the NGO communities of both countries.
  • GABRIELA - probably the best known and very active women's organization of the Philippines: "Starting from 42 when we organized in April 1984, we are today a center of over a hundred women organizations, institutes, desks, and programs. Our ranks include women workers, peasants, urban poor, housewives, professionals, religious and students across the country"
    • GABRIELA Network: A Philippine - US Women's Solidarity Organization - "Founded in 1989, GABNet works on issues arising from US policy decisions which impact negatively on women and children of the Philippines.
      GABNet has launched educational campaigns on militarism and prostitution, labor export and the sex trade, and the mail-order bride industry. It works with GABRIELA Philippines, the country’ s largest and most militant women's alliance.
      GABNet is multi-racial and multi-ethnic but encourages Filipino-American women's leadership and activism. It trains members in transgenerational, transracial and transcultural relations."

  • German Development Service in the Philippines - "a non-profit, public limited company owned by the Federal Republic of Germany and an association of private German organizations. Its main objective is to support governmental and non-governmental partners in Asian, African, and Latin American developing countries either by sending technical experts to existing and ongoing projects or through limited funding contributions to projects of local self-help groups"
  • Haribon Foundation - "The Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources is a non-profit, non-stock, non-governmental organization that is at the forefront of environmental and wildlife protection and conservation in the Philippines. It is a member of the World Conservation Union and has institutional linkages with a number of environmental conservation groups"
  • Health Action Information Network - "a non-profit non-government organization established in 1985 based in Quezon City, the Philippines. It is involved in health education and research and mainly works with community-based organizations involved in health and development. Our work covers a wide range of health issues with emphasis on reproductive health (including prevention of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and other reproductive tract infections); environmental health, and the appropriate use of medicines"
  • HR NOW - Human Rights Network - "a research and advocacy site on human rights related issues in the Philippines. It is maintained by a network of individuals and institutions who all share a common concern for the understanding, promotion and protection of human rights"
  • Innabuyog, Philippines - "March 8, 1990 saw the birth of Innabuyog, an alliance of community-based women's organisations in the Cordillera. To date there are 82 member organisations, mostly based in remote, rural areas. The Innabuyog General Program of Action covers the entire breadth of the women's lives. This includes political, economic, social, cultural and environmental concerns. Human rights is a major concern and area of work. Documentation of women-specific human rights violations in militarised areas have been done. Some of these have been published in TEBTEBA, a journal of the Cordillera Women's Education and Resource Centre (CWERC). It has sent participants in human rights education seminars in order to enhance the awareness of the women on their basic rights and their rights as indigenous peoples. Coming mostly from remote areas, these are also needed when they have to face the military who often accuses them of being rebel supporters. Testimonies have been presented on violations of Cordillera indigenous women's rights in different fora both nationally and internationally"
  • ISIS International - Manila - "Isis moves information globally, with a focus on Asia and the Pacific to women and women's groups advancing women's rights, analyses, skills and leadership in their societies and movements, in an effort to link women around common concerns and advocacy toward challenging the patriarchal and elitist domination of ideas, information, communications and media"
  • KAKAMMPI - "a community-based organization of families of overseas Filipino workers and migrant returnees. Formed in 1983, it has grown into a full organization with local chapters within and outside Metro Manila. Kakammpi was formed to protect the rights and welfare of overseas Filipinos and to effectively respond to the problems generated by overseas migration. Today, it finds its mission even more relevant with the continuing increase in overseas migration and the dramatic rise in abuses committed against Filipino migrants"
  • KARAPATAN: Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples' Rights - "the major and most militant human rights alliance in the Philippines. It is made up of human rights institutions and the rights desks of people's organizations, and the regional and provincial HR formations all over the country. There are a total of forty member-organizations, with the core consisting of the following national human rights institutions: Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), KAPATID (Association of Relatives and Friends of Political Prisoners), Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace (EMJP), DESAPARECIDOS and SELDA (Society of Ex-Detainees for Liberation from Detention and for Amnesty)"
  • National Democratic Front - left-wing opposition group the international office of which is still based in The Netherlands
  • KMP - Peasant Movement of the Philippines - "Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) is a nationwide federation of Philippine organizations of landless peasants, small farmers, farm workers, subsistence fisherfolk, peasant women and rural youth"
  • Los Indios Bravos - The Filipino Solidarity Project - "a non-profit non-commercial site devoted to fostering historical, political, cultural and social awareness and solidarity among Filipinos inside and outside the Philippine Islands, through the presentation of well-researched and balanced articles and organization (non-government, volunteer, civic) profiles"
  • OneOcean - "Promoting Coastal Resource Management on the Philippine National Agenda. The widespread destruction and degradation of the Philippine coastal environment demands a strategic spread of sustained resource management within the country's coastal zone to prevent a general collapse of marine resources. A key, first step to achieving this spread is to "mainstream" coastal management issues in the consciousness of the general public, and promote coastal resource management on the national agenda"
  • PeoplesPower - people's political web-site on elections and electoral reform
  • Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development (PARFUND) - "Agrarian reform is one of the most important rural development initiatives being undertaken in the Philippines. The participation of civil society organizations is internationally recognized as crucial for the success of agrarian reform in democratic societies. PARFUND provides financial support to Philippine civil society organizations to work for agrarian reform. Help us help the landless farmers!"
  • Philippine Environment and Natural Resources Directory - "an output of the Environment and Natural Resources Database (ENR DBAS), a subprogramme of the Integrated Environmental Management for Sustainable Development (IEMSD) which is a three-year programme between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of the Philippines through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). The ENR Directory is a metadatabase of environment and natural resources and related information on attribute databases, spatial datasets (digital and analog format), projects, bibliographic materials and audio-visual production materials"
  • Philippine Environmental NGO's Information Network
  • Philippine-European Solidarity Center (PESC-KSP) - "supports the efforts of the Philippine peoples organizations and NGOs to build a just and sustainable society in the Philippines. Our Philippine partners include groups active in the fields of human rights, agrarian reform, environment, overseas Filipino rights, economic reforms, women, to name a few. We support them by distributing news on their activities, their announcements and analyses; by helping them get in contact with counterparts in Europe (and other parts of the world); by calling for solidarity actions in their support; and by linking the various Philippine solidarity efforts with each other"
  • Philippine Legal Resources Online - a virtual library provided by Chan Robles & Associates, a law firm residing in Manila; excellent resources
  • Philippine NGO Beijing Score Board - "is actively monitoring the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the country through a review of the implementation of major laws and international instruments on women. The review of the implementation of these laws and international instruments is also a response to the query of the CEDAW experts to the Philippine delegation, during the third and fourth periodic reports of the Philippine government to the CEDAW committee, on how numerous laws on women are being implemented by the Philippine government. Information on the implementation of these laws according to the CEDAW committee is necessary and significant because these laws provide the legal mandate and framework for the continuing empowerment of women in all areas of national life. PBSB provides technical support to the Subcommittee on Oversight, Committee on Women, House of Representatives in the conduct of legislative consultations, public hearings and committee meetings on the implementation of the laws which seek to improve the conditions of women"
  • Philippine Peasant Institute - "created in 1983 as a support institution for small farmers, the Philippine Peasant Institute has built a reputation as a credible source of information on peasant, agriculture, agrarian reform and rural development issues"
  • Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement - "a nongovernment organization engaged in the design and implementation of community and habitat development programs across the archipelago. It envisions a society of empowered communities with full citezen entitlements, where women and men have control over their lives and share equally in the benefits of development taking place within the carrying capacity of the environment"
  • Popular Education for People's Empowerment (PEPE) - "dedicated to the promotion of "pop-ed" theories and practices as tools towards people's empowerment. As part of its commitment to human development, PEPE provides "pop-ed" services to a diverse set of people: urban poor, peasants, fisherfolk, professionals, women, indigenous peoples, etc. Its services are focused on enhancing these sectors' capacities, knowledge, skills, and attitudes as community educators"
  • Philippine Sustainable Development Network Foundation Inc. (PSDN) - "a non-stock, non profit corporation, composed of organization's which are actively involved in the pursuit of sustainable development. It services a distinct group of individuals and organizations that are actively involved in the pursuit of sustainable development by providing easy access to information"
  • Ramon Magsaysay Award - "seeks to acknowledge individuals and organizations in Asia whose contributions exemplify the ideals and service for which President Ramon Magsaysay is remembered"
  • Salidumay - a resource and advocacy site on gender and development, offering access to a number of Philippine NGOs active in the area
  • San Roque Project - "The proposed San Roque Dam would be located on the Agno River in the mountainous Cordillera region of Luzon island in the Philippines. If built, San Roque would be the tallest dam and largest private hydropower project in Asia, costing US$1.19 billion and generating 345 MW of power. Preparation of the site began in 1998, and construction is slated for completion in 2004. The San Roque Power Corporation is owned by a consortium of Japanese and US companies. The project is fiercely opposed by thousands of indigenous Ibaloi peoples upstream of the dam site. The Cordillera Peoples' Alliance estimates that if the dam is built, more than 2,000 Ibaloi families in Itogon, Benguet could be adversely affected by the project"
  • SHINE Project - "The Social Health Insurance - Networking and Empowerment (SHINE) Project is a bilateral technical cooperation project between the Federal Republic of Germany represented by the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), and the Republic of the Philippines represented by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)"

  • SIBAT - "Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (Wellspring of Science and Technology) or SIBAT is a national network of thirty (30) non-government organizations and peoples' organizations which are commonly engaged in the promotion and development of appropriate technology within specific rural socio-economic programmes. SIBAT was established in 1984 for the purpose of enhancing coordination and mutual support among its members in this field"
  • SPAN - Solidarity Philippines Australia Network - "a network of Filipino and Australian individuals and organisations active in solidarity with the struggles of the Filipino peoples for Human Rights, Self-Determination, Social Justice, Peace and Democracy. SPAN identifies with the poor and oppressed majority of the Philippines and acts upon its special concern for women and children in general and indigenous peoples in particular"
  • Social Weather Station - "operates as a self-supporting, non-subsidized, academic institute for survey research on topics of public interest. To maintain its credibility as an independent and unbiased source of primary survey data, SWS inhibits itself from conducting proprietary or confidential surveys. Thus, no research sponsor can suppress the use of data generated by the surveys which it has helped to finance"
  • Tambuyog Development Center - "Tambuyog envisions self-reliant coastal communities capable of managing their own resource toward sustainable development. Since its founding, the agency has adopted and developed various approaches in its work: research and education, political organizing, advocacy work, socio-economic projects, and even relief and rehabilitation"
  • Task Force Detainees of the Philippines - "one of the task forces of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines established in 1974, is a human rights organization. It analyzes and discerns with the filipino people their problems and aspirations, and seeks to give a meaningful political response to their conditions by helping political prisoners and other victims of human rights violations caused by militarization and political repression, regardless of creed, ideology or race"
  • Transparent Accountable Governance (TAG) - "an attempt to summarize how, why and to what degree corruption exists in Philippine society. This integrated approach relies on public opinion survey research, investigative reports, case studies, and discussions to engage the public in a discussion on corruption. TAG takes a pro-active role in encouraging public debate on the issue of corruption and on ways to counter it. The TAG website also presents the initiatives of both government and the private-sector in addressing corruption"
  • UNDP Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program
  • UP Employees Housing Cooperative - Housing for the Individual, Community for the Collective
  • US Agency for International Development: Philippines
  • Virlanie Foundation Inc. - founded in 1988 by French social worker Dominique Lemay, the Foundation is working with street children and young prostitutes in Manila, Philippines, giving them shelter, food, education and love
  • Women's Election Watch '98 - online global news and update on the women's vote, issues and candidates in the 1998 Philippine national elections
  • Women Involved in Nation-Building - "strives to empower women leaders for effective participation in governance under the Local Government Code. To attain this end, WIN works as a training organization for elected and appointed women officials in the local government units (LGUs) in 16 regions, 76 provinces, 67 cities, and 1540 municipalities, including barangays. It conducts training workshops, seminars, projects and programs designed to build the skills of women local leaders by networking and teaming up with the government, NGOs, the private sector and funding agencies"
  • WWW Virtual Library: Public Health - Philippines

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