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Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN, or Alternative Legal Assistance Center)

Quezon City, Philippines
Joined June 2013
Presence in: Philippines

SALIGAN envisions a Philippines society that is just, peaceful, compassionate, and liberating:
One where each person is free to live a life more fully human, unfettered by poverty, violence, prejudice, and discrimination;
Where the rights of everyone are respected and advanced, regardless of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, culture, or ethnic or regional origin.

SALIGAN envisions a state that is sovereign, progressive and democratic:
One where women, the basic sectors and local communities actively engage in all levels of governance and policy-making; Where there is respect for peoples’ right to self- determination;
Where political power is pursued to ensure the welfare of all, and to correct unjust social relations.

SALIGAN envisions a national economy that is sustainable, self-reliant, and inclusive:
One where women, the basic sectors and local communities participate in allocating resources and directing growth; Where wealth is distributed to ensure the innate dignity of all.

SALIGAN envisions an environment that is healthful, balanced and sustainable:
Where peoples manage natural resources within the communities responsibly and equitably.

SALIGAN envisions a legal system that is reflective, dynamic, inclusive and accessible:
One where women, the basic sectors and local communities freely advocate their causes and assert their rights; Where laws and remedies are employed as instruments of justice, equity, peace and development.

SALIGAN envisions a people who live in hope:
A people who, in the face of the sufferings around and inside them, trust in their power to transcend.

People Associated With This Organization

Francesca Lois Sarenas

Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal...
Joined June 2016
Interests: Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Labor & Employment, Peace-building
I have more than 10 years experience in non-profit and community work with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines.

In the last five years, I have been working as a lawyer as well as the Coordinator of the Mindanao office of the Alternative Legal Assistance Center (SALIGAN), a member of the Alternative Law Groups (ALG) in the Philippines. I have been performing legal services to SALIGAN’s target sectors such as women, the urban poor, workers, peasants, and local partner communities.

My work in SALIGAN includes legal and community consultations, policy advocacy in local legislation work, and drafting of bills as proposal to national advocacy work. I have also conducted paralegal trainings and information-education-campaigns (IECs) regarding laws and have contributed to research and publication of materials related to the law and programs.

I am currently involved in local (primarily in Mindanao) issues such as Moro and indigenous peoples, peace initiatives, and the environment. In the region (Asia, South East Asia), I am an advocate for issues such as women leadership in peace and security as well as women’s rights in general.

Marie Hazel Lavitoria

Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal... (Unverified)
Joined February 2019
Interests: Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
Hazel is the Executive Director of SALIGAN, a legal resource non-government organization woking with women, the basic sectors, and local communities in the Philippines. She has been with SALIGAN since 2006. Hazel is a lawyer and a holder of Masters Degree in Development Studies Major in Social Justice Perspectives with Specialization in Human Rights from the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, in The Hague, the Netherlands. She also has a Diploma on Governance, Democratisation and Public Policy from the same institution.

Marisol Victorioso

Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal...
Joined August 2020
Interests: Gender-based violence, Governance, Labor & Employment, Other, Women's Rights
I am part of the legal staff and currently the coordinator for the Manila office of the Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal (SALIGAN), Inc. I have a decade of experience in both non-government and government work, working on issues concerning children, women, urban poor, housing, local governance, and good governance.

Sally Escutin

Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal... (Unverified)
Joined August 2017
Interests: Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Health, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Women's Rights
I am a lawyer by profession and a development, as well as humanitarian worker by vocation. I have been doing community work including training local communities to be legal advocates. My areas of practice are displacement, gender based violence, child protection, rural development and health sector policy reform. Joining the network will provide me opportunities to converse, collaborate and work together with people or organizations who are passionate about empowering people through legal advocacy.

Shyla Joy Bernal-Dumalasa

Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal...
Joined August 2020
Interests: Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Peace-building, Women's Rights
I am a legal staff at Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal (SALIGAN). SALIGAN is a legal resource NGO doing developmental legal work for the marginalized, disadvantaged and exploited sectors in the Philippines. As a legal staff, my main task is to perform the following work: policy advocacy, facilitate in legal education and paralegal formation, conduct research and publication, including formation of interns who wish to be part of alternative lawyering. I am an advocate of gender equality, children rights, security of tenure for urban poor and the peasants and people participation in governance. By joining NAMATI, I am interested in finding other individuals/organizations who share the same interest and advocacies. Also, an opportunity for partnerships/funding/financial grant for the implementation of programs that will realize the advocacies of our organization is a consideration in joining the network.

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