Katholische Zentralstelle fr Entwicklungshilfe e.V. (aka Misereor)

MISEREOR is the German Catholic Bishops Organisation for Development Cooperation. For over 50 years MISEREOR has been committed to fighting poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. MISEREOR’s support is available to any human being in need  regardless of their religion, ethnicity or gender. MISEREOR believes in supporting initiatives driven and owned by the poor and the disadvantaged. This is because in MISEREOR’s experience it is they themselves who possess the strength to improve their lives sustainably.

Recently, Misereor has renewed its commitment to support SALIGAN’s program in Legal Assistance Program for the Marginalized Sectors in the Philippines.

SALIGAN is also active in the Philippine Misereor Partnership advocacy on mining and other environmental issues. The PMPI is a strong network of non-government organizations (NGOs), peoples organizations (POs) and Church groups in the Philippines together with Misereor  the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Germany.

Plan Philippines

Plan International is a global organisation that works in 50 developing countries to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan PHILIPPINES is a humanitarian, child-focused organization that promotes child-friendly barangays. PLAN operates in 11 provinces, 43 municipalities, 518 villages and assists more than 43 thousand children nationwide.

SALIGAN is currently working with PLAN for the Strengthening Civil Society in Eliminating Violence against Children in the Philippines Project. The project aims to improve the capacity of civil society organizations in reducing the prevalence of all forms of corporal punishment and in promoting non-violent approaches to child discipline in the home, schools, institutions and all other settings in the provinces of Ifugao, East Samar, Masbate, and Sultan Kudarat; in cities of Quezon, Naga, Cebu and Davao and at the national level in the Philippines.

SALIGAN, in partnership with PLAN, also implemented the Paralegal Formation As Capacity-Building Support Program for Local Communities in Selected Plan Areas, towards the Improvement of Their Tenurial Rights and Access to Resources project from 2005-2009. The project was a capacity building support program that focuses on resource tenure improvement on land, forest, marine and coastal resources in the project areas. At the core of the project  a Paralegal Formation Program anchored on the marginalized organizations and communities ability to take the initiative and to effectively act on their legal matters and concerns.


Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. It provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

SALIGAN works with Christian AID for the TS Ketsana Rehabilitation Program in building the capacity of leaders and community members of affected communities brought by storm Ondoy particularly in legal literacy, issues advocacy, and networking. After the trainings, each community will have a pool of paralegals who are able to monitor and demand the implementation of laws relevant to their communities such as RA 7160 (Local Government Code), RA 7279 (UDHA), RA 10121 (DRRM) and those related to the protection of women and children such as RA 9262 (AVAWC). In particular, the paralegals will be able to work among themselves to demand compliance with these laws, monitor performance by responsible officials, and propose and advocate for new measures addressing identified issues.

American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)

The ABA ROLI is a mission-driven, non-profit program grounded in the belief that rule of law promotion is the most effective long-term antidote to the most pressing problems facing the world today, including poverty, conflict, endemic corruption and disregard for human rights.

People’s Organizations and Non-Government Organizations Partners

Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)

The Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) is a “national labor center”. Consistent with its belief in social movement unionism, APL has built itself as a “multi-form center”, drawing into its fold various forms of labor organizations and not just trade unions.

Women’s Crisis Center (WCC)

The Women’s Crisis Center is a non-stock, non-profit private institution with a firm commitment to end violence against women and to work towards a just and humane society. It is the first ever crisis center in the Philippines for women survivors of battering, rape, incest, sexual harassment, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

WCC is committed to use feminist perspectives in maintaining its catalytic role in the empowerment of women and in mobilizing communities towards the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Its services to women and children victim/survivors would include:

– Phone Hotline for anonymous callers
– Crisis Intervention Counseling
– Temporary Shelter for victims escaping abusive situations
– Training Institute for Family Violence Prevention.



The Alternative Law Groups, Inc. (ALG)

The Alternative Law Groups or ALG is a coalition of nineteen (19) non-government organizations with legal program components that adhere to the principles and values of alternative or developmental law. The member organizations have distinct programs for developmental legal assistance that is primarily concerned with the pursuit of public interest, respect for human rights and promotion of social justice. SALIGAN is one of the oldest and biggest members of the Alternative Law Groups, Inc.

The People’s Campaign for Agrarian Reform Network, Ltd. (AR Now)

AR Now! mission is to engage government to seriously implement agrarian reform by waging nationally coordinated campaigns for pro-agrarian reform and sustainable rural development (ARRD) policies and programs, and to bring back ARRD as a national agenda and development imperative

Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA)

PHILSSA is non-stock service network of social development non-government organizations based in urban centers nationwide. PHILSSA embarked on a mission of prototyping innovative paradigms of sustainable development for the effective empowerment of urban sectors, namely, the slumdwellers, the formal and informal labor force, the youth, women, children, and the development workers themselves. It is engaged in varied fields of development service, such as education and training, research and documentation, legal service, socio-economic and other technical support, issue and policy advocacy, and other innovative endeavors. SALIGAN is a founding member of PHILSSA and has been active through the years with PHILSSA’s Board being headed concurrently by the Executive Director of SALIGAN.

Currently, SALIGAN is one of the implementers in the PHILSSA-Department for International Development Project entitled Institutionalizing Local and National Partnerships to Address Urban Poverty and Homelessness in the Philippines. The project’s goal is to provide improved access to housing and community services for the urban poor in the country.

NGOs for Fisheries Reform (NFR)

The NGOs for Fisheries Reform (NFR) is a national policy advocacy coalition working towards fisheries policy reforms and sustainable fisheries management.

NFR has been in existence for 16 years now. For the last decade, it has focused on fisheries policy reform and advocacy at the national and local levels. It has been instrumental in the passage of the 1998 fisheries code or Republic Act 8550, and the issuance of a controversial administrative order that seeks to delineate municipal waters, the Department Administrative Order no. 17 (DAO 17). It has also strongly advocated against government policies on aquaculture and fisheries trade globalization at the expense of municipal fisheries development. The NFR is a national coalition of NGOs formed initially to provide technical support for national fisherfolk federations and coalitions in their lobbying efforts for the passage of a meaningful fisheries code. It has since strived to go beyond this initial unity by sharing experiences in both theoretical and practical work in the fisheries sector and by actively exploring alternative venues for its advocacy work.

Philippine NGO-PO Network for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

The NGO-PO Network for ESC Rights is a broad social movement composed of federations, coalitions, NGOs, people’s organizations, sectoral formations, individuals and other entities united by the common goal of pushing for the full recognition, protection, and fulfillment of ESC rights.

The Network conducts intensive lobby work, education and information activities, monitoring and documentation, and media campaigns to strengthen ESC rights and address violations of these rights. Concretely, the primary objectives of these engagements would be the ratification of the ESC Optional Protocol, enactment of ESC legislations, creation and strengthening of protection mechanisms such as the Commission on Human Rights, mainstreaming of these rights within the three branches of government, and exacting accountability over violations of these rights.

Aside from this, the Network will also intervene in key ESC-related issues to: a) popularize ESC rights; b) mainstream HR in public discourse; and c.) integrate rights framework in policies and governance. Examples of such issues include wage hikes, anti-contractualization, anti large-scale mining, illegal demolitions, privatization of social services, foreign debt, and many more.

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women- Asia and the Pacific (CATW-AP)

The Coalition in partnership with its networks, initiated programs to promote women’s human rights and assists victims of trafficking, prostitution, and all forms of violence against women in the Asia-Pacific region.

Recently, CATW successfully lobbied for a definition of trafficking that ensures the protection of victims and prevention of trafficking of women through the Optional Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, supplementing the UN Convention Against Trans-national Organized Crimes.

Reproductive Health Advocates Network (RHAN)

RHAN is a nationwide network of organizations and individuals advocating for RH policies and programs at the national and local levels. Setting up of local RHAN in the regions will be considered but currently many member organizations have local and or regional presence and constituencies.

RHAN envisions a Filipino society where every Filipino has access to safe, affordable and quality, gender responsive sexual and RH services.