Cultural minority groups or indigenous people groups belong to a sector of society that are often unjustly overlooked, despite their importance. The Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID) is an NGO that was formed to address this problem. Formed in 1967 following a series of regional conferences organized by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, PAFID is composed of social scientists, anthropologists, lawyers, academics, missionaries, members of indigenous people (IP) groups and other advocates in order to address the problems faced by the IP groups.
In its almost 50 years of existence, PAFID has helped in addressing several issues such as defending the ancestral lands of the Kalinga people in the '70s when these were threatened by plans for the Chico River Hydro-electric Dam and the Cellophil Resources Paper Mill.
The organization prides itself in its diversity of membership. Today, PAFID has over 140 members and a 42-member staff coming from various backgrounds and disciplines. In fact, 70% of PAFID members are from IP groups, and 38% are women.
PAFID projects include ancestral domain management planning, community mapping, community-based natural resources management planning, support for potable water systems and policy advocacy among others. These projects start off with consultations with partner communities in order to survey their concerns with regards to their ancestral land and resources.
PAFID also continously seeks to grow and learn as an organization. It is a member of the International Land Coalition, and has participated in workshops such as the Asian Regional Workshop on Women and Land Rights in 2010.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PAFID
Those interested in learning more about PAFID and their projects may visit their website which contains maps, spatial data, and documents related to their projects.
CONNECT WITH PAFID
Facebook: Philippine Association for Intercultural Development
71 Malakas Street, Central District, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1101
Contact Number: (632) 927-4580; (632) 928-6267
Fax: (632) 435-5406
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