The Organization


Agrarian Reform is about sharing land with landless tillers. It is equally about developing the capacity of the landless-turned-landholders to become profitable, environmentally-sound agricultural producers operating within a social, economic, technological and political environment that works in their favor.

It is all about economic viability and ecological integrity. It promotes the competitive advantage of the country in agriculture while seeing to it that productive resources are protected from abuse.

Above all, it is about equity, for it is an investment in social justice and peace – the milieu fundamental to economic growth and holistic development.

Making millions of small farmers owners of the land they till gives them a stake in society. Owner-cultivatorship also releases their potentials as producers and consumers. But it will not come about without extraordinary political will based on a clear understanding of socio-economic, political and cultural realities. It will succeed only if the farmers and farmworkers demand its implementation and participate in the process.

KAISAHAN is committed to help accelerate program implementation and facilitate beneficiaries’ participation in all aspects and stages of agrarian reform and rural development including democratic participation in governance.


MISSION

Facilitate agrarian reform implementation and sustainable rural development alongside marginalized groups, especially small farmers and farmworkers and other stakeholders at the national and local level toward the formation of sustainable integrated area development (SIAD) communities where people are empowered and have COCO:

Creative, collection and critical consciousness-raising;
Organizational development;
Coalition building and advocacy work;
Overcoming gender and other biases;

All these leading to sustainable development marked by BREAD:

Basic services delivery;
Resource tenure improvement;
Economic self reliance and strengthening;
Agricultural development and ecological nurturance;
Democratic participation in governance.


HISTORY

The enactment of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) on June 15, 1988 signaled the beginning of new era for advocates of agrarian reform and rural development (ARRD). At that time, the new law was under severe criticisms from ARRD advocates because of many loopholes that could spell disaster in actual program implementation.

In 1990, former Sec. Florencio “Butch” Abad was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform. Unfortunately, his stint with the DAR was cut short after a few months. His group, however, decided to pursue agrarian reform advocacy even while working outside the government. They believed that despite the flaws of the law, certain provisions can still be maximized for the benefit of small farmers and farm workers. With this optimistic note, Kaisahan tungo sa Kaunlaran ng Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan or Solidarity Towards Countryside Development and Agrarian Reform (also known as Kaisahan) was formed on June 5, 1990.


VISION

Empowered and sustainable communities of women and men; building a Philippines with an activist state that is civil society-biased; a people-led economy which sustainable provides for its growing needs based on sound agricultural development and industry; of citizens constantly vigilant of their rights and freedom, nurturing spirituality, caring for each other and the earth and enhancing our nation’s rich yet diverse cultural heritage; towards building a world free from inequity, injustices and prejudices, with global cooperation among co-equal sovereign striving for peace and environmental soundness for future generations.


NATURE

Kaisahan is a social development organization promoting a sustainable and humane society through the empowerment of marginalized groups in rural areas, especially among farmers and farmworkers, to undertake their own development, participate fully in democratic processes and demand their rightful share in the stewardship of the land and the fruits of their labor.


GOALS

    1. Faster, Fairer and More Meaningful LTI – Facilitate land tenure improvement in area specific barangays and municipalities.
    2. Building SIAD Communities – Development of SIAD communities in partnership with local POs, like minded NGOs, reform oriented GOs-LGUs, church-based agencies, academe and research institutions and other stakeholders.
    3. Promoting the SIAD Approach – Promote SIAD as a development approach among national and/or local based NGOs, SDOs, PO, LGUs and multilateral donor agencies.
    4. Active People’s Policy Engagement, Advocacy and Lobby –Create or reinforce a political and policy environment favorable to agrarian reform and rural development.
    5. Democratic of Local Politics and Governance – Facilitate the creation of an environment that encourages democratic participation in local politics and governance.

 

MANAGEMENT AND STAFF


Office of the Executive Director


Mr. Anthony N. Marzan

Executive Director

Ms. Maricel A. Tolentino
Deputy Executive Director

Ms. Gillian Marie M. Cruz
Project Development and Monitoring Officer

Ms. Janet Y. Divino
Project Development and Monitoring Officer


Administrative and Finance Unit


Ms. Liezle Sabinorio-Marzan
Finance Officer

Ms. Daizy Mae M. Soriano
Bookkeeper

Mr. Luis J. Borja
Administrative Assistant


Policy Advocacy, Campaigns
and Legal Affairs Unit


Atty. Mary Claire A. Demaisip
Coordinator

Atty. Rolly Francis C. Peoro
Legal Officer

Atty. Janice L. Co
Legal Officer

Ms. Kimberly B. Alvarez
Policy Advocacy and Campaign Officer


Land Tenure Improvement
and Support Services Unit


Mr. Gil A. Portillo
Area Coordinator

Mr. Gilbert Negad
Area Coordinator

Mr. Jared Lagahit
Paralegal Officer

Mr. Edmond Carpeso
Livelihood and Support Officer

Ms. Editha B. Manto
Community Organizer

 Ms. Merlyn R. Dela Cruz
Community Organizer

Ms. Rona H. Gabales
Community Organizer

Mr. Leomar O. Magbato, Jr.
Community Organizer


BOARD OF TRUSTEES


 Atty. Florencio B. Abad 

Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Victor Gerardo J. Bulatao
Chairperson

Mr. Anthony Marzan
President

Atty. Janice L. Co
Secretary

Ms. Jane Lynn D. Capacio
Treasurer

Atty. Marlon J. Manuel
Member

Atty. Normita V. Batula
Member

Atty. Ma. Lourdes Zerelda S. Pacuribot
Member

Hon. Tomasito S. Villarin
Member

Atty. Magistrado A. Mendoza, Jr.
Member

Ms. Kimberly B. Alvarez
Staff Representative



KAISAHAN is supported by the following development partners:

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