Peoples Development Institute (PDI) is deeply committed to poverty alleviation in the countryside. PDI’s goal is geared towards the democratization of assets specifically the distribution of agricultural lands for the landless peasants through the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples (IPs) to their ancestral domain claim through the implementation of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA).
But success in CARP and in IPRA per se is not a guarantee for continuous development towards poverty alleviation for the peasants and IPs. Because of intense hardship and lack of knowledge and skills in managing their resources, many peasant and IP beneficiaries end up selling their newly acquired property or property rights and remain poor.
PDI helps peasants and IPs in their economic production and livelihood efforts by providing them with economic support services. But this is not enough. PDI believes the people need education if only to acquire knowledge and skills in order for them to become effective managers of their own economic resources and to become self-reliant in their endeavors for continuous