The Partnership for Development Assistance in the Philippines Inc (formerly known as Philippine Development Assistance Programme, Inc.), started as a consortium of Filipino and Canadian non-government organizations (NGOs). It was founded in 1986 as a non-stock, non-profit organization, to become an effective instrument in reducing poverty and inequity in the Philippines. PDAP prides itself in having 6 member networks with more than 300 community-based members and partner NGOs. PDAP has distinguished itself in promoting and developing rural enterprises for poverty reduction and as a tool in promoting peace in conflict-affected areas.
PDAP seeks the economic empowerment (increased decision-making over economic assets, increased employment, increased household income and enhanced food security) of enterprising rural poor communities and their residents, particularly those emerging out of post-conflict situations.
PDAP wishes to be recognized as the leading NGO in the Philippines in the promotion of viable, market-oriented rural small enterprise (producing quality organic products), utilizing sustainable agriculture practices producing safe, healthy and quality products which are operated by rural enterprising communities who receive significant income benefits from these enterprises.
Towards the above, PDAP will serve as a catalyst: (a) mobilizing key resources and expertise in community capacity building, financial intermediation, business development services, market linkaging and financial packaging in partnership with the private sector; and, (b) engaging national and local government in formulating policies supportive of community enterprises.
In support of this mission, PDAP is committed:
- To be an institution that employs an industry-based approach to the development of rural enterprising communities;
- To be recognized as an institution whose engagement with the market is guided by values of sustainable agriculture and commercial considerations;
- To be recognized as an institution that is guided by the principle of innovation in its response to client needs;
- As an institution that maximizes the participation of its members and other key stakeholders; and
- To be guided in its operations by the principles of transparency, accountability and good governance, particularly in the management of financial resources.