Pusod, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization whose Mission is to Protect and Enhance the Ecosystems of The Philippines, and to show their significance to the world . Pusod was formed in Manila on March 2004 to further the work originally begun in 1995 by the Babilonia Wilner Foundation .
Our vision is a world where people and communities are energized by their cultural and ecological wealth; live with reverence for earth and all life; and naturally prosper in diverse, self-sustaining local economies in which all beings thrive."
Pusod believes we owe our success to the communities we serve. Our policy is to work in areas and on projects where we have been asked to participate by local individuals, communities, governments, sustainable businesses and NGOs. In this way Pusod works with respect for local wisdom, and in participation with all available stakeholders for fruitful partnerships and results.
Pusod has worked throughout the Southern Tagalog region and in Marinduque and Northern Mindoro. Current programming focuses on areas of Batangas that include such national treasures as the Taal Lake Basin, Mt. Malarayat , and Balayan Bay , which is renowned for having some of the highest levels of endemic marine life in the entire world.
Pusod also maintains a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pusod US operates as a program of the Babilonia Wilner Foundation in tandem with Pusod Philippines. Since 1999, Pusod has been the only Philippine-based program to bring a steady stream of awareness of overall Philippine environmental issues - in all its triumphs and tragedies - to the United States. In doing so, Pusod highlights not only the magnitude of Philippine environmental -- and therefore economic and cultural -- concerns, but also how they affect and are affected by people's actions and policies in the U.S.
Pusod's constant tool for advocating protection of our environment and the well-being of local communities is our award-winning, Tagalog-language weekly newspaper, Balikas . Going beyond regular reporting, Balikas aims for journalistic coverage that equips people with the information to help create healthier communities and a healthier world.