The Partnership for Development Assistance in the Philippines Inc. (formerly known as Philippine Development Assistance Programme, Inc.) or PDAP started as a consortium of Filipino and Canadian non-government organizations (NGOs). PDAP is a non-stock, non-profit organization founded in 1986 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 5, 1990 for the purpose of collaborating with and assisting organized groups and disadvantaged Filipinos to develop into self-reliant communities. It has six (6) member networks with more than 300 community-based organizations (i.e. Peoples’ Organizations or POs) and a significant number of NGOs as members. Its current thrust is the empowerment of rural households by establishing and supporting collective rural social enterprises.