The Institute for the DEvelopment of Educational and Ecological Alternatives, Inc (IDEAS) is a non-government organization formed in Silang, Cavite in 1985 in response to a massive call for the restoration of democracy in the Philippines.
IDEAS started its development work with Peasants in Cavite in 1986 and expanded its programme in 1987 with the Indigenous Peoples known as Mangyans in the Province of Oriental Mindoro. It has helped establish People’s Organizations and has promoted environmentally sensitive farming systems and technologies.
In 1997, it started its programme in the Province of Palawan with the support of Helvetas Swiss Association for International Cooperation through a Programme Development Research that led to the development and subsequent implementation of a program around Sustainable Agriculture promotion among Indigenous as well as Non-Indigenous farmers in selected areas in the Province. Bread for the World started supporting Palawan programme in 2001 until today.
Currently, IDEAS maintains offices and programmes in the three provinces of Cavite, Oriental Mindoro, and Palawan. The head office is based in Silang, Cavite.
IDEAS envisions a just and democratic society:
- Where every person has access to adequate and safe food, education, clothing, shelter, and all other basic necessities for survival and well-being;
- Whereby the rural men and women has democratic access to and control over productive resources like land, capital, technology, and natural resources;
- Which rests on an empowered and conscientized men and women citizens living in a sustainable environment.
To contribute in facilitating change in Philippine Society through environmental protection with focus on waste management, sustainable agriculture/forestry, and environmental nurturance.