Among the poor Filipinos, the indigenous peoples, people in conflict-affected communities as well as women, have a long history of struggle against oppression, discrimination, injustice and inequality. Studies have shown that because of historical, political, cultural, economic and geo-physical factors, people in these communities have very low access to services and opportunities that could address their basic needs. Their perceived or real “exclusion” from benefits that the majority normally enjoys has diminished their interest to participate, particularly in activities initiated by outside entities.
To address the said exclusion concern, the Japan Social Development Fund-Social Inclusion Project (JSDF-SIP), a poverty alleviation project implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, with funding support from the World Bank was instituted.
Through JSDF-SIP, the people in communities or barangays have been empowered to actively involve themselves in community activities and in the implementation of development projects. In the process, inwardly changing themselves as well, for the common good.
Power through Participation, captures and immortalizes some of the great stories of change and development in the lives of Filipinos, through JSDF-SIP. It has a total running time of 54:12 minutes.