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The Institute for Developmental Education and Services, Inc. (IDES) is a labor education and training center that was formally established in 1983 by labor leaders, religious people and professionals to answer the needs of workers in Marikina City and nearby towns with regards to labor and trade union education. IDES was formally registered in July 16, 1993 as a non-stock, non-profit and non-government organization.

There was an evident need then to assist workers in their trade union organizing work through education and training work. Trade union leaders had to undergo theoretical and practical skills training founded on the principle that workers themselves undertake self-organization and should struggle for their rights and welfare including their struggle for a society where workers have a decisive role in the formulation and implementation of national programs and policies affecting their lives and interests.

Besides, IDES was determined to help in raising workers’ awareness, in increasing their capabilities to assert their rights, promote their welfare and strengthen their movement towards social transformation that addresses inter-linking inequities such as class and gender. From its general trade union and mass courses, IDES embarked on a Comprehensive Paralegal Training Program in the latter part of 1996 as an integral part of the Training Program for Trade Union Leaders. It was introduced along with legal services to the workers.

Its Day Care Program, the Kalinga Day Care Center (KDCC) which was implemented in 1989, was eventually allowed to operate on its own since it was already existing independently (management and funding). The KDCC was an extension of IDES to assist workers and their children in order to participate in productive and organizing works.


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