PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PFPI) is a private, charitable organization [501 (c) 3] with established presence in the Philippines and USA (Hawaii) with a vision and mission to improve health, conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Foundation's mission is to improve health and contribute to environmentally sustainable development, particularly in under-served areas of the Philippines. We accomplish results by designing and implementing demonstration and research projects and cross-disciplinary initiatives in population, health, and natural resource management in collaboration with local government and private sector partners. By supporting client groups to plan, adapt and apply appropriate technologies and methodologies that address priority concerns, we empower communities with self-help approaches that are manageable and sustainable at local levels.
PFPI's multi-disciplinary core competencies encompass policy advocacy, capacity building (training, mentoring, cross fertilization) behavior change communication, social marketing, outreach service delivery/systems development, community mobilization, operations research and program monitoring and evaluation. Central to PFPI's effort is the drive to facilitate stakeholder engagement and to forge private-public alliances with local governments, civil society organizations (NGOs, Peoples Organizations), businesses, media concerns and communities to achieve our mission.
PFPI specializes in peer mediated behavior change. It has developed numerous training curricula, tools and materials to facilitate transfer of know-how to government and non-government partners working to prevent unintended pregnancy/abortion and HIV/AIDS/STI and to promote healthy lifestyle practices and pro-environment attitudes and behaviors - particularly among impoverished communities and disadvantaged groups (fisherfolk, women and youth) in Philippines and Asia-Pacific.
PFPI also pioneered a rapid and low-cost methodology for tracking change, over time, in the behaviors of target groups exposed to program interventions, which we use for adaptive management and other purposes. During 1993-2003 this Behavioral Monitoring System (BMS) was successfully applied in Philippines' eight largest cities for monitoring change in HIV prevention practices among vulnerable sub-populations and for fine-tuning program strategies and interventions. More recently, the BMS was adapted and used to monitor change in family planning, health and conservation practices among rural adults and youth living in twelve marine biodiversity hotspot areas of the country. Current efforts are underway to incorporate BMS methods into program monitoring protocols for climate change adaptation, clean energy and environment-friendly economic development (EED) initiatives.
Community Participation and Planning
PATH Foundation Philippines Inc. endeavors to involve communities in the design and testing of problem solving approaches that are responsive to local needs, appropriate to local conditions/situations and sustainable in the long term. Building on traditional ingenuity and by working with local indigenous leaders, our programs foster ownership through capacity building processes that enable communities to "learn by doing". We also encourage involvement of women, youth, fisherfolk and other resource user groups in local governance processes and support their participation in development planning and budgeting workshops to leverage resources from local governments to sustain and expand their response efforts. These efforts increasingly advance and support the community's ownership and responsibility for the delivery and management of response programs.
Market-based Approach to Poverty Alleviation
PATH Foundation Philippines Inc. (PFPI)'s programs create enabling opportunities for disadvantaged households and communities so they can find their own way out of poverty. We recognize that an expanded private sector role and a bottom-up market approach are essential development strategies that can work to the advantage of the environment as well as people. Examples of some market-based solutions to poverty reduction which PFPI supports include:
- Micro-financing schemes that enable women, youth, fishers and their peoples' organizations to establish small and environmentally-friendly enterprises that help to diversify livelihood options and reduce dependency on natural resource extraction (i.e., seaweed cultivation, ecotourism)
- Social marketing inputs that enable small shopkeepers in remote hamlets to access low-cost contraceptives and health products which enable families to better space their children and prevent disease thus contributing to improved welfare
- Franchising arrangements between local entrepreneurs and national social marketing concerns that facilitate contraceptive self reliance
- Using global carbon markets to deliver low-cost solar lamps to households that are off-grid and rely on kerosene for lighting, which is expensive and poses safety and health risks (cancer, respiratory illness) whilst emitting green house gases (GHG)
- Building community capacity to plan and budget self-help development activities that enable them to qualify for co-financing from local governments, NGOs and socially responsible corporations
Board of Directors
Angel Alcala, Ph.D.
Joan Regina Castro, M.D.
Executive Vice President
Carmina Aquino, M.D.
Juan Romeo Nereus Acosta, PhD
Danilo Songco, MPA