HomeNet SouthEast Asia Moves To Manila

HomeNet Southeast Asia has decided to transfer to Manila, where PATAMABA has expressed readiness to take on the challenge of subregional leadership.

For many years HomeNet Southeast Asia had been generously hosted by HomeNet Thailand, and had been led by an articulate and dedicated activist Rakawin Lee. The latter’s entry into the ILO in a project that will benefit workers in the informal economyin Thailand, Laos and Cambodia also opened the possibility of reverting to an earlier decision to rotate the hosting of HomeNet Southeast Asia.

The second half of 2004 and the first half of 2005 comprise an important transition period for HomeNet Southeast Asia, not only in terms of transferring to its new Manila office, but also to transform itself from an informal ad hoc mechanism to an institution with a structure and mandate.

HomeNet Southeast Asia must work towards being an effective mechanism for the various HomeNets in the subregion to project themselves, strengthen their international visibility, generate resources, exchange information, coordinate their efforts, motivate and inspire each other. The various HomeNets in the subregion should be able to “own” HomeNet Southeast Asia through clear policy- and decision-making procedures which allow homeworker leaders to participate and to represent themselves.

Moving to Manila would require harnessing the energies of homeworker leaders and their supporters who have expressed willingness to devote time and effort as HomeNet Southeast Asia settles in its new home.

The women tasked to carry out activities for HomeNet SEA in Manila are mostly officers of the PATAMABA National Executive Committee, namely:

Lourdes Gula, former homeworker-sewer and currently Chairperson for Organizing of PATAMABA, who will spearhead the formation, consolidation, and registration of the HomeNet Southeast Asia organizational structure;

Primar Jardeleza, former homeworker-bamboo weaver and currently Chairperson for Education and Training of PATAMABA who will help oversee the HomeNet Southeast Asia newsmagazine and website, as well as the subregional training weorkshop;

Josephine Parilla, slipper-producer, Auditor and Chairperson for Networking, Advocacy and Lobbying of PATAMABA, who will take charge of finances and resource generation;

Mary Lucette P. dela Rosa, youth leader and anti-child labor advocate of PATA|MABA, who will be the Layout Artist and Website Designer;

Phoebe O. Cabanilla, who did field research with PATAMABA and has a Master’s degree in Women and Development Studies from the University of the Philippines, will serve as Editorial and Technical Consultant; and

Rosalinda Pineda Ofreneo, an academic and advocate who has been with PATAMABA since its founding, and has served as Co-Coordinator of HomeNet Southeast Asia, who will continue to provide support.


Regional Coordinator
HomeNet Southeast Asia
Telefax.: (632) 435-2200

National President
Pambansang Kalipunan ng mga
Manggagawang Impormal sa
Pilipinas (PATAMABA) Inc.,
National Network of Informal
Workers in the Philippines.
67-A Saleng St., Veteran’s Village,
Proj. 7, Quezon City, Philippines.
Telefax: (632) 416-4426; 435-2200


National Coordinator
Mitra Wanita Pekerja Rumahan
Indonesia (MWPRI)
Homenet Indonesia
JI. Simpang Gajayana 611 AB
Malang 65144, Indonesia
Telefax: 62-341-560995

Himpunan Wanita Pekerja
Rumahan Indonesia (HWPRI)-Association of the Indonesian
Women Homeworkers


National Coordinator
Homenet Thailand
386/59 Soi Ratchadaphisek 42,
Ratchadaphisek Road
Jatujak, Bangkok 10900
Tel: (662) 5139242;
Telefax: (662) 5138959