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 at 23
The real impact of any development work, which requires years of patience and dogged determination to see objectives through, must be seen from the way lives of the rural poor have significantly changed for the better.
It is with this in mind that the Philippine Development Assistance Programme has come up with this report, entitled, “PDAP at 23: 23 Years At The Forefront Of Poverty Reduction In The Countryside.”
This report seeks to document the achievements of PDAP over
the past 23 years from the point of view of the people, communities and partners that PDAP has come across in its quest for rural empowerment.
This report is divided into Ripples, Rivers and Waves to describe the three major periods of PDAP’s history. Ripples describes the genesis of PDAP and how it started making a difference in the communities where its first projects were implemented. Then it goes on to the Rivers period during which PDAP built on its strengths, took giant steps and found its voice in the development world.
Finally, there’s the Waves period that talks about the birth of a new PDAP, one that is ready to go out on its own and forge new paths without straying from its original intent to help free the rural poor from the tight grip of poverty.