A Philippine Human Rights NGO providing Psychosocial Services and Rehabilitation to Internally Displaced Persons and Survivors of Torture and Organized Violence.

who we are

Partners and Affiliations

United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)

United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)

The United Against Torture Coalition Philippines (UATC) is a coalition of more than 30 human rights, women’s rights, children rights, political and grassroots organizations working towards ending the use of torture in the Philippines. The Steering Committee Members of the UATC are Balay Rehabilitation Center (BALAY), Amnesty International Philippines (AIPH), Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances (FIND), Medical Action Group (MAG), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP).


Mindanao Solidarity Network (MSN)

Mindanao Solidarity Network (MSN)

The MSN is a Manila based network of organizations that work for lasting peace in Mindanao through various peace-building programs and activities. MSN network is composed of different organizations including Balay Rehabilitation Center, Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute (GZO), Center for Peace Education (CPE- Miriam College), Peacemaker’s Circle , GENPEACE, Anak Mindanao (AMIN), Pinay Kilos (PINK), PILIPINA, Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Binhi ng Kapayapaan, Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN), World March for Peace, Claretian Peaceweavers, Asia America Initiative, Peace Tech, De La Salle College of St. Benilde


Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)

Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) is a non-stock, non-profit alliance duly registered under the laws of the Philippines. It was established on August 9, 1986 in a Congress that was participated in by more than a hundred organizations from all over the Philippines. It was formed as an alliance of individuals, institutions and organizations committed to the promotion, protection and realization of human rights in the Philippines.


Philippine-Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI)

Philippine-Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI)

The Philippine-Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) is a network of people’s organizations (POs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), church/faith-based groups and Misereor, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Germany based in Aachen, Germany. PMPI is legally registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 20, 2004. It is the result of a series of consultations among organizations supported by Misereor which discussed a model of cooperation, coordination and partnership between these Philippine social development organizations and Misereor.


National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)

National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) was established to serve as the coordinating and advisory body for the implementation of the social reform and poverty alleviation agenda. It derives this mandate from Republic Act 8425, also known as the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act of 1997.


Mindanao Emergency Response Network (MERN)

Mindanao Emergency Response Network (MERN)

Mindanao Emergency Response Network (MERN) an organization of NGO's, united in responding in emergency situation. It is composed of different organization with different works, but with the same goal to help people in any crisis.


Mindanao People’s Caucus (MPC)

Mindanao People’s Caucus (MPC)

MPC is a grassroots network of indigenous peoples, Bangsamoro and Christian communities and leaders who have common vision for peace in Mindanao. MPC is known to have stood up for the struggle to finally resolve the age-old armed conflict in Mindanao through a negotiated political settlement that contains the essentials acceptable to both negotiating parties and that addresses the historical oppression and forced marginalization of the native inhabitants and indigenous peoples of this island.


Protection Cluster, Child Protection Working Group (CPWG)

Protection Cluster, Child Protection Working Group (CPWG)

The Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) is the global level forum for coordination and collaboration on child protection in humanitarian settings. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics and other partners under the shared objective of ensuring more predictable, accountable and effective child protection responses in emergencies.


International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

The IRCT is a health-based umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide.


Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY)

Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY)

The Danish Institute against Torture is a Danish human rights institute which works with treatment, research, international development work and advocacy under one roof. We are represented in more than 20 countries where we cooperate with local partner organizations to fight torture and help torture victims and their families to a better life.


Balay Board of Directors

 
CORA DELAPAZ

Ms. Corazon Dela Paz Chairperson

Ms. Corazon Dela Paz

Chairperson

Mr. Teodoro De Mesa Vice Chairperson

Mr. Teodoro De Mesa

Vice Chairperson

Mr. Ellecer Carlos Secretary

Ellecer Carlos was born during the time of the Marcos Dictatorship to parents who were active in the social movement for the democratization of Philippine society. His father was captured in 1978, heavily tortured, put in solitary confinement for two years and subsequently imprisoned for another three years by Marcos and was finally released in 1883. Seeking political asylum in the Netherlands through the assistance of Amnesty International, the entire family stayed there until the nineties.

Upon his return to the Philippines, he worked with various non-government organizations as a human rights defender. In 2005 he joined BALAY Rehabilitation Center, Inc. as its Freedom from Torture and Ill-Treatment Advocacy Officer. 

Mr. Ellecer Carlos

Secretary

Ms. Loreine Dela Cruz Treasurer

Loreine Dela Cruz held office in Balay as executive director from 2000 to 2008. 

In 2014, she became a Fellow in Disaster Resilience Leadership for Southeast Asian Countries by the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Tulane University. She has several published works and has her Master's in Development Management.

She is currently the Executive Director of Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation, a regional non-government organization based in the Philippines on disaster risk reduction and management covering Asian countries.

Ms. Loreine Dela Cruz

Treasurer

Mr. Delfin Teodoro Borrero II Auditor

Mr. Delfin Teodoro Borrero II

Auditor

Bishop Leocito Gabo Member

Bishop Leocito Gabo

Member

Ms. Annabel Manalo Member

Annabel did her undergraduate in Philosophy at University of the Philippines. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University. A licensed psychologist, she has published several journals and articles. This includes Bringing Psychology to the Marginalized: Exploring the Role of Community-Based Counseling,Community-based Psychosocial Approach to Strengthening Resilience of Disaster Survivors and The Family Systems Approach to Counseling Families of Former Political Prisoners.

She is currently a senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and a Counseling Department chairperson at the Asian Theological Seminary.

Ms. Annabel Manalo

Member

Ms. Josephine Lascano Executive Director

About Us

The BALAY Rehabilitation Center, Inc. is an organization that practices psychosocial rehabilitation and is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights. It particularly provides psychosocial services and advocacy support to persons deprived of liberty due to political circumstances,  survivors of torture and other forms of organized political violence. This includes political prisoners and individuals and communities displaced by wars and armed conflicts. It also provides services to survivors of  massacres and extra-judicial killings and their families.

BALAY supports young people at risks, particularly children in situations of armed conflicts and those who have encountered torture and other forms of state violence. It lends humanitarian assistance to those displaced and stricken by natural disasters as well, subjects to its capacities and resources.

The organization upholds the integrity of all human beings as it respects the interconnectivity of the different forms of life. It aspires for a society where the right and dignity of every person is respected; and where the people are free to express their ideas and political viewpoint and can exercise without fear of oppression their options for social, economic and cultural development.

BALAY envisions a society where peoples of different ethnicity and faith, including the children and young people, are living a meaningful life free from fear and want and discrimination. A society where the people can  exercise informed citizenship and practice a culture of peace as they strive to attain the development of their full human potential.

In pursuit of its vision, BALAY will establish partnerships with other groups and organizations and will work with the people that it serves to achieve healing, empowerment and development. It will devote its psychosocial expertise and resources to promote the wellbeing of its partners and contribute to the attainment of human security and peace in the communities that it serves and the entire society.