Established in 2002, People’s Initiative for Learning and Community Development (PILCD) is a non-profit organization that aims to contribute in the development and empowerment of marginalized communities and vulnerable groups through community education and social action.
It envisions a society where the right of all people to learn and to have equitable access to relevant and quality learning opportunities is realized; where people are enabled to understand and cope with the reality of their environment, and are empowered to define and transform their own destiny
PILCD strongly believes in the power of literacy and education as a tool to combat poverty and exclusion.
Our work is anchored from three development thrust: – Right to Education, Community Empowerment, and Sustainable Development.
Right to Education
As well as being a right in itself, the right to education is also an enabling right.
Education ‘creates the “voice” through which other rights can be claimed and protected’, and without education people lack the capacity to ‘to achieve valuable functionings as part of the living’.
If people have access to education they can develop the skills, capacity and confidence to secure other rights. Education gives people the ability to access information detailing the range of rights that they hold, and government’s obligations. It supports people to develop the communication skills to demand these rights, the confidence to speak in a variety of forums, and the ability to negotiate with a wide range of community leaders, government officials and other persons in authority who wield power.
Empowerment is a process and an outcome. It is a continuing process of building people’s capacities, uplifting their self-esteem and developing self-reliance among them. Through this, grassroots communities are able to analyze their situation, take control of community resources, utilize them for their own benefit, and make decisions affecting their lives.
Integral development is concerned with improving the different dimensions of community life – social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural. Its focus is to enhance people’s potential in directing their own development. Achieving integral development in the context of sustainable development implies improvement in the quality of life and standard of living with respect to the integrity of the environment and the interconnectedness between people and nature.
PILCD works in northern and central Luzon particularly the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the province of Zambales.
The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Philippines' only land-locked region, consists of the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Apayao. Baguio City is the regional center. This region is home to numerous indigenous tribes collectively called the Igorot.
Located in central Luzon, Zambales is characterized by a mountain range in the eastern part and long coastal shore in the west.
Our partners in this areas include:
Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
Philippine Civil Society Network for Education Reforms (E-Net Philippines)
International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) Academy of Lifelong Learning (IALLA)
Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA)
National Literacy Coordinating Council (NLCC)
Regional Literacy Coordinating Council - Cordillera Administrative Region
Provincial Literacy Coordinating Council - Benguet Province
Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) of La Trinidad, Benguet
Grundtvig Award 2010 Outside Europe Category
Grundtvid Award is offered annually by the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) to honor outstanding work in adult education. Under the them of Education for Social Inclusion, PILCD's Community-based Alternative Learning and Development Program bagged the 2010 Award for Projects Outside Europe.
Cinie Indie for MDG's: Winner Feature Category
"Recess" - a short film produced by PILCD, written and directed by Ramon Mapa, won the feature category of the National Short film competition for Millennium Development Goals (MDG's). The 12 minute film, tells the story of Joan and Rochelle, two school children from barangay Pasdong, Atok, Benguet. The film explores the way children in mountainous areas are deprived of their right to education due to the difficult access of children to the nearest school where they have to literally walk a mile and climb their way to go to school everyday.
Regional Literacy Awards 2008 - Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Third Place