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Lihok Pilipina Foundation

(Brief Description)


VISION Communities that is dynamic, non-violent, viable, effective and self-reliant, where the dignity of women, children and men are upheld and continuously developed. MISSION 1. Organization of women and their families into viable self-help groups capable of directing and sustaining their own initiatives on issues like health, childcare, livelihood, laws, housing, environment and other concerns. 2. Acceptance by the Philippine society of the central significance of womens perspective in the national struggle for social transformation.

(1) Develop viable and visible organizations that will enable women and their families to participate in the planning, decision making and action affecting their lives; (2) enhance their capacity to earn income, access and control of resources to improve their quality of life; (3) Be securing in their person and homes from all forms of abuse and violence; (4) Relate and advocate with government agencies and the private sector for more responsive program, policy and budget.

STRATEGIES: Community Organizing A right does not become an actual right unless claimed, asserted and safeguarded, the major sustaining factor in any endeavor is an enlightened and active community who own their issues and are willing to see them through. Multi-stakeholder collaboration - No one has a monopoly of truth and capability; everyone has a role to play Capability building a well trained and appreciated human resource can develop other resources... Advocacy and Mobilization to Mainstream issues in programs, policies and budget of government and concerned institutions


Womens Savings and Credit Center (WSCC)

The program provides loans for livelihood to urban and rural women with built-in capital build-up and savings scheme. It also assists product development and marketing. Presently, it continues to serve credit users from the upland and urban barangays of Cebu City, Mandaue, Minglanilla areas as well as those partners in the Municipality of Hilongos, Leyte.
Bantay Banay (BB)

A comprehensive family/ community watch program with spectrum of activities and interventions to alleviate, if not totally eliminate domestic and other forms of violence against women and children. Its main strategies are the involvement of communities, interagency collaboration, mainstreaming in governance and identifying champions in every area. In Cebu City, the Bantay Banay Volunteers Federation and an Inter-agency Council that responds to the cases. Bantay Banay has been replicated in more than 75 cities and municipalities across the country.
Youth Program 1. Bantay Banay Youth (BBY)

The Foundation also extends trainings and other enhancement activities to the youth from barangays and schools sensitizing them on gender issues, childrens rights, leadership traits and other community activities. They are trained to identify red flags of abuse and enabling them to act as peer facilitators.
2. Kabataan sa Paglaum (KSP) or Children of Hope

A support program for potential street/ and working children/ youth in the citys depressed community. Assistance for school supplies, savings scheme for working children, tutorials, values formation sessions/ inputs, exposures are among its attendant services. They are also involved as peer facilitators in responding to victims of child abuse and are also involved in community waste management activities.
Womens Integrated Support and Crisis Center (WISCC)

A comprehensive program offering direct interventions such as temporary shelter, counseling, medical and legal assistance/ referrals and a facility to respond to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of abuse on women. Aside from crisis intervention and the referrals and a facility to respond to victims of the Center has also organized the survivors to create their own support group, namely Dagitab sa Kaalim (Light for Healing), to meet for regular updating on the current issues of women, reflection and sharing on ways of coping with the experiences and challenges of single parenthood.
Katilingbanong Pagdumala sa Biya

(KPB) or Community Waste Management

The project aims to clean Cebu through a viable and sustainable waste collection system that will be done by the community themselves. The project covers 16 barangays in Cebu City and services other barangays and municipalities for training on segregation, recycling, composting and other aspects of RA 9003.

Date organized Date Registered Type of Registration

service provider.

2005 as a chapter of Pilipina :

: :

October 20, 1987

Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Also registered with the DSWD 7 as social

Number of members

: 50 individual members of the foundation Bantay Banay Network has: Inter-agency council (@30 partner organizations/ agencies per area) in 75 cities and municipalities in the country. POs directly organized by LPFI: Cebu City 40 Bb volunteers in 50 barangays (@2000 members) + 500 youth , 900 KPB task force members in 18 barangays (Note: the volunteers have access to the community groups they are working with). 22 volunteer groups in Talisay City (@550 members ), 12 PO org. in Hilongos and Hindang , Leyte (@400 members) Relate with scores of PO groups / members of the IACs organized by partners NGOs

Network Affiliation

NGO Networks: Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in the Rural Areas (Phildhrra) Womens Action Network for Development (WAND) Kaabag sa Sugbo (Cebu ) Visayas Urban Poor Colloquium (Visayas) Cebu City Task Force for Street Children (Cebu City) Philippine Misereor Partnership. Inc. (Central Visayas )

Alliance for land and Livelihood for the Rural and Urban Poor (ALL-R-UP) Cebu Children NGO Network (Central; Visayas)

Government Special bodies/Structures: Cebu City Interagency Council on Anti Trafficking Cebu city Women and family affairs Commission Cebu City Council for( the Welfare and protection of Children Regional Population Council Regional Environmental Council 7 Cebu City Solid Waste Management Board Cebu City Coastal Management Board Sidlak Gender Resource Network 7 Regional Development Council RDC- Regional Sub- committee on Gender, anti Trafficking and Anti VAW-C.
International - The Foundation has Partnered with UNDP Malaysia in the preparation of The Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI) Report Card on Good Governance Participated in the UN Habitat Gender Unit Experts forum in Gender and Settlement Issues in Kenya and Fukouka and in the Secure tenure Campaign of UN Habitat Asia Partnered with Huairou commission in advocacy for Grassroots womens participation in World urban forum 1 (Berlin), 2 (Barcelona), 3 (Canada), 4 (Nanjing), and co-hosted the Asian Grassroots International Academy on Resilience in Cebu City and the Global Survey on Views from the Frontline on the HFA. .

: Lihok Pilipina efforts started in 1985 as a project of Pilipina-Cebu Chapter. It started from a personal experience of a community organizer and member of Pilipina (now the Foundations Executive Director) who lived in a depressed area of the city. A child of a neighbor died of dehydration which could have been prevented by oral dehydration fluid or salt-sugar solution. Although some of the women knew how to prepare it, there was no venue for sharing. This situation prompted her to organize 20 women to meet regularly and discuss among themselves their experiences regarding primary health care, preparation of herbal medicines and even family problems.

Six months after, a social credit program for women was given birth after the organizer was given such idea when four of these women requested to borrow money to purchase two sacks of peanuts to be sold during the Sinulog festival. The organizer lent them P700 which they returned with 20% interest, the amount usually charged to them by the usurer, however it was not accepted by the organizer and instead was used as a rolling fund for the credit program. With P10, 000 from the Assisi Foundation and mobilization fund from Kahayag Foundation, credit was made available to 17 women, later to 61. The Pilipina members realized that gender sensitivity is best integrated especially among women involved with small income generating projects. Some of the members helped out in providing inputs in productivity and legal education. At around the same period, a few of the Pilipina members, with the Christian Life Communities Group in Cebu were involved in putting up the Kabataan sa Paglaum, a program for street and working children. Lihok Pilipina was registered with Securities and Exchange Commission in 1987 with the members of Pilipina-Cebu Chapter as its incorporating members and its officers selected by Pilipina-Cebu Chapter. Note:

The Foundation has pioneered the following:


NGO engagement with local government right after martial l law. Advocacy for the Community Mortgage program for the poor government program (now a national

Community based response to VAWC and popularized the issue of domestic violence as a governance issue. Use of Gender and Development (GAD) Budget down to the barangays. Multi-stakeholder collaboration that has gone beyond turfing.

b. The Foundation has garnered the following citations and Awards

a. 1993 Award of Recognition for outstanding support of government health program from DOH Region VII b. 1994 - Award of Recognition as Model Non Government Organization from the City of Cebu c. 1995 Bayaning Pilipino Award (for Support to the Urban Poor) from the Presidential commission for the Urban Poor

d. 1998 Award of Recognition for NGO from Ramon Aboitiz Foundation e. 2000 Bantay Banay - Best Practice Certificate from the DUBAI International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment by the Dubai Municipality and UN Habitat f. 2002 Bantay Banay - Best Practice Certificate from the DUBAI International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment by the Dubai Municipality and UN Habitat g. 2003 People Power People Award from the Benigno Aquino Foundation h. 2003 Cebu City Received the Galing Pook for Gender Governance ( for Bantay Banay) i. 2004 Cebu City got the Women Friendly Cities Award in Asia and the Pacific given by UN Habitat and UNIFEM Asia (the program submitted was Bantay Banay) j. 2006 Triennial Award for Outstanding Institutions conferred by the Ramon Aboitiz foundation

LPFI Projects (2005-2010)

No. Impleme ntation Period On going 2001 Present Name of Project and Location Funding Source/Major Partner Donations Pangop /IWDA/ AUSAID -Project reflows Misereor / Cebu city LGU Misereor Status of Project (completed/o ngoing/termi nated Ongoing Ongoing Rolling fund

1 2

Womens Support and Crisis program Womens Savings and Credit Center

2003 2005

4 2003 2006

5 6

2004 2007 2005 2006

Katilingbanong Pagdumala sa Biya (Community Waste management ) 20 barangays in cebu city Bantay Banay Sustaining and Up scaling Advocacy for VAW Issues towards Good governance and Effective Sectoral Responses Gender training in the communities Cebu City Monitoring governance: Use of UNDP Report Card on Good urban governance on: Gender development ( 2005 )



Abanse Pinay Kaabag sa Sugbo/Cebu City LGU

Completed Periodic


July 2006 Dec. 2009

January 2007 present

January 2007 present




August 1, 2008 July 31, 2009

Solid Waste Management (2005 Corruption and Employment Generation (2006) People Efficiency and Transparency PEAT) Campaign (2005) -Monitoring on 41 agencies Sitting as BAC observers in the Bids and Awards committee or Cebu city and other regional Agencies. Cebu city Bids Institutionalizing Bantay Banay Methodology in responding to issues of VAWC, gender and family issues in the Philippines (Bantay Banay NetworkRegion 5,6,7,8,18,11, 13) Enhancing community Volunteers capacity to respond to violence against women, children and other disadvantaged (Bantay Banay Program cebu City ) Kalig-on sa Pagkatawo, Pamilya, Pamuyo, Panginabuhi, Palibot, Pangagamhanan (P6) (A program for Gender Sensitive, Environment, and disaster responsive community-based barangay development (Cebu City ) Asian Womens Grassroots Academy on Resilience (Cebu City hosting 20 countries) and Views from the Frontline FGDs with Community women on Disaster Risk Reduction and management (Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete) Developing Community Response to the Challenge of Children in Contact with the Law (CICL) Cebu City 5

Evelio Javier Foundation

On going



Cebu City Government

On going

Cebu City Government

On going

Huairou Commission & UNIFEM Asia

Completed + ++ (with follow up activities )

Philippine Australia Community Assistance


barangays 12 October 1, 2009 August 31, 2010 January 2010march 2011 Ongoing Expanding Community Response to the Challenge of Children in Contact with the Law (CICL) Cebu City 5 + 5 barangays Assessing Bantay Banay mechanisms to integrate /upscale direct response to poverty alleviation through basic skills training in the Philippines Training and Consultancies (LGUs, GO Agencies, communities and NGOs

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