Policy and Law Reform Advocacy
The program aims to help create a policy and legal environment that is advantageous to the marginalized sectors in the rural areas. In pursuit of the program goal, IDEALS capitalizes on its established working relations with policy-making bodies and policy-makers and continues to expand working associations with critical agencies of government that handle the issues and concerns of the organization’s partners in the rural areas. Activities include: analysis and/or critique of laws and administrative rules and regulations and/or proposing alternatives or amendments thereto; drafting of bills, implementing rules and position papers; participation in public hearings, forums, or any discussions on policy issues; rendering of consultancy services aimed at protecting the interests of the marginalized groups being assisted; and such other activities that promote policy proposals advantageous to them.
Direct Legal Services
This program could take any of the following forms: (1) representation of marginalized sectors in legal cases actually filed before quasi-judicial and judicial bodies; (2) legal representation of partners during claim-making activities undertaken before concerned government institutions (e.g. dialogues, forums, negotiations, program planning, mobilizations, and like activities); and, (3) technical legal assistance to marginalized groups being assisted as they work for the protection and/or promotion of their land and related rights.
Paralegal Development Interventions
This program aims to set up and/or maintain paralegal committees within partner organizations. It involves the building of capabilities of prospective and existing paralegals by: (1) imparting or enhancing their knowledge of the law, especially those that have a pervasive impact on them as a sector (e.g. the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law and other agrarian laws); and (2) training them in the legal skills necessary in the performance of paralegal tasks.
This pertains to basic educational interventions for the benefit of the members of the rural sector, advocates, and the public, as whole. This component seeks to: (1) address the need to demystify the law and the legal system and/or to make the same more comprehensible and accessible to the rural poor as well as said sector’s network of support (e.g. development organizations); and (2) generate public awareness of, and hopefully, supportive involvement in the issues of the rural poor. Educational interventions targeting decision-makers also come under this program component.
Research and Publication
This is a support program to the other program components. The outputs under this component include policy and case studies, legal monographs, newsletters (especially those incorporating updates on latest relevant jurisprudence, statutes, and administrative guidelines), primers, manuals, brochures, and other educational materials.