IBON Foundation

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IBON Foundation is a nonstock, nonprofit development organization that aims to serve the Filipino people through research and education.

Since its establishment in 1978, IBON aims to promote an understanding of socioeconomics that serves the interests and aspirations of the Filipino people. It studies the most urgent social, economic, and political issues that the country and the world face.

IBON explains issues in an understandable manner by providing information and education services to people's organizations. It publishes and distributes progressive materials to the formal education sector through textbooks, journals, and seminars.

It also builds and participates in Philippine and international networks of civil society organizations, Image result for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), institutions, and agencies that they share aims and objectives with. IBON engages policy makers, government, bilateral, and multilateral agencies and officials to advocate on issues important to marginalized sectors in the country and abroad.

IBON promotes nationalist and progressive ideas through research from the perspective of the people, through its flagship publication, through mass media and social media, through partnership with schools, through commercial outlets, and through networks and campaigns with stakeholders.

IBON aims to influence policy and practice through policy recommendations. It aims to build the knowledge and skills of people's advocates through education, training, and consultancy services. IBON aims to advocate at the international level through international programs, networks, and campaigns.


History

Upon the declaration of Martial Law in 1972, information was censured and civil rights were violated. Resistance to state attacks on people's rights was intensified and there was an urgent need for more information on socioeconomic issues.

IBON was founded in 1978. Its pioneers were Sr. Soledad Perpiñan who acted as editor and chief coordinator; Sally Bulatao who served as main researcher and later as finance officer; and Antonio Tujan who came out of prison as a political detainee served as graphic artist and circulations manager.

IBON came out with an independent fact sheet IBON Facts and Figures aimed to provide readers with a quick scan on important national and local issues. It published an initial of 200 copies but printed another 2,000 upon demand. The first issue was produced using a borrowed mimeograph machine. IBON first operated in a Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) Welcome House community in Pandacan. The illustrations were provided by volunteers from the urban poor community. Economists and students provided written contributions and help in drafting the issues. Organized sectors like trade unions then began to request issue-specific fact sheets and industry primers. Public support ushered the institution into fully organizing and professionalizing its services.

IBON Facts and Figures became an 8-page thematic publication and provided data for researchers, speakers, writers, and seminar facilitators from 1978 to 1980.

By the 1980s, IBON became a full-fledged nongovernmental institution. It established the IBON Databank in 1982 to provide socioeconomic data to researchers, policy makers, educators, NGOs, and people's organizations. It also launched Ekonomiks in 1984 as a regular publication for the grassroots.

IBON reorganized and embarked on a long-term research agenda towards research development on national industrialization. It devised a self-sufficiency program through cross-subsidies between revenue-generating services and subsidized services, maximization of resources, and institutional efficiency.

IBON’s Databank and Research Center was expanded to conduct in-depth researches and advocacy studies. It aimed to improve the quality of its books and publications. It also developed sectoral service desks for workers, peasants, women, indigenous people, and the environment.

IBON started conducting quarterly surveys on National Capital Region (NCR)-wide and then on a nationwide basis. The People’s Education and Research Center (PERC) was organized in 1997. It also established the Institute of Political Economy (IPE) to serve as an independent research-education body to produce journals on theoretical research and short training courses on political economy.

IBON’s Media Center stemmed into media support activities such as IBON Features which presented social issues to the general public; IBON sa Himpapawid which became a weekly radio program that aimed to promote socioeconomic consciousness to a wider audience; and IBON Video, a full-service production and post-production facility and video library that includes IBON-produced video aids and documentary films.

In 1998, the IBON Partnership for Education Development (IPED) was established and partnered with schools nationwide carrying the banner of ‘transformative education’ (TE). Its regional offices in Cebu and Davao were also established.

IBON’s modules have also been systematized. The IBON Birdtalk – a briefing on socioeconomic and political assessment and trends – became a regular event. The Usapang IBON also continued to contribute to the communities’ and sectors’ campaigns.

IBON provided a TE-based critique of the 2002 Revised Basic Education Curriculum. It provided lectures to teachers and administrators on the implementation of an integrative and context-based learning process.

IPED helped establish the Educators Forum for Development (EFD) for the development of cooperation and fellowship among educators towards a relevant and nationalist education. IPED also helps organize the annual National Educators’ Conference and provided seminars to schools.

IBON also became an international publisher through networking with international outfits like ZED Books and Global Outlook. IBON International expanded its services and contributions to building support to solidify its role in setting-up and sustaining international networks and campaigns.

In 2006, IBON transferred from its office in Old Sta. Mesa to the IBON Center in Quezon City.



Board of Trustees

  • Chairperson: Bp. Solito Toquero
  • Secretary: Prof. Roland Simbulan
  • Treasurer: Mr. John Paul Andaquig
  • Trustees
    • Prof. Neil Doloricon
    • Prof. Francis Gealogo
    • Ms. Rosario Bella Guzman
    • Mr. Reynaldo Oliveros
    • Dr. Judy Taguiwalo
    • Sr. Emelina Villegas, ICM
  • Executive Director: Mr. Jose Enrique Africa




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