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.
Promoting Participation in Sustainable Enterprises (PPSE)
PDAP’s recent major program supported by CIDA, the Promoting Participation in Sustainable Enterprises (PPSE) Project, which was implemented from beginning in 1996 in 10 selected rural areas of the Philippines covering the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bukidnon and Davao del Sur was finally completed in June 2004. The Project supported enterprise development, capacity building and policy advocacy within the context of a sustainable integrated area development (SIAD) framework. Originally a four-year project beginning in 1996, implemented in partnership with PDAP-Canada, PPSE has ended in March 2004. Some 52 partners (People’s Organization/POs and Non-Government Organizations/NGOs), 6,197 households comprising 30,985 individuals (covering 8,458 hectares) were involved in project implementation. CIDA financial support in PPSE was complemented by financial contributions from PDAP-Canada member-NGOs and Philippine counterpart resources.
The Project was aimed at increasing the human, natural and financial resource use of poverty groups (migrant/landless workers, micro-entrepreneurs, small farm cultivators, indigenous peoples) in selected farming estates of the Philippines so that they can participate more productively and competitively in the economic development of their region.