Who We Are

RIGHTS, Inc. – Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization with service areas and provincial-based NGO partners as part of the RIGHTS Network. RIGHTS supports the struggle of landless and near-landless rural poor communities, including indigenous peoples and informal rural settlers for agrarian reform, rural development, and rural democratization in agrarian flashpoint provinces. RIGHTS Network is a polycentric network of independent and autonomous member-NGOs/CSOs based in the different provinces in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao islands.


A just, free, and democratic Philippine rural society, where people have secure and equitable access to productive resources, live in harmony with nature, sustainably manages natural resources, and lives in peace.


To build and capacitate a mass movement of rural poor—farmers, fisherfolks, rural women, upland settlers, and indigenous peoples (IPs) for their self-empowerment by supporting their struggles for human rights, agrarian reform, rural development and democratization, food sovereignty, climate justice, and climate change adaptation.


1. Equitable and secure access to productive land and water resources,
2. Democratization of governance,
3. Sustainable management of natural resources and
4. Rights-conscious and assertive rural citizenry.

Board of Trustees

Chairperson – Walden F. Bello

Co-Chairperson – Loretta Ann P. Rosales

Secretary – Mary Anne B. Manahan

Treasurer – Ricardo B. Reyes

Auditor – Faustino Clemente T. Revilleza

Members – Representatives of network members (three individuals voted at-large)

National Coordinator – Lirio Cordova