“To inspire and empower rural communities” Freedom Inc. is both a catalyst for change and stimulant for progress bringing forth the means for rural communities and rural enterprises to grow and develop towards more durable and environmentally responsible economies. We inspire and empower rural communities to become economically self-reliant, we educate and we train today’s rural communities to prepare them to become cities of tomorrow. We help attain greater prosperity for all..

Target Sector

Mindanao and the Visayas regions are an agri-based economy. We specialize in the growth and development of agribusiness in rural and indigenous people communities using the value chain approach. We have been engaged in helping farmers improve their production activities in order to attain better incomes. We are involved in projects covering rice production, integrated rice duck farming, rubber, coconut, palm oil, agro forestry, abaca, cacao, vegetables, coffee and coco-sugar.

Action Plan

Freedom, Inc. formed a strategic alliance with various agencies and institutions to implement the mission and vision of Empowerment for Mindanao Indigenous Peoples and Rural Communities. We believe in the transformation of farmers into agri-micro entrepreneurs, therefore paving the way for the development of a stronger middle class in rural and indigenous peoples communities. We support the principles of climate smart agriculture and the need to address the on going issues of climate change as it impacts farming communities in vulnerable areas.

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Our Team

We are proud of our company, not only for its unique identity, but because of the people that drive it! Listed here are the most seasoned members of the FREEDOM INC. team.

Antonio S. Peralta, MBE, MBA

Executive Director

Mr. Tony Peralta was a formerly a banker from Citibank and economist who worked with international financial and multilateral institutions who worked in Southeast Asia, Australia and the United States. He also helped in the establishment of international donor funded projects in Mindanao. He also represents FREEDOM, Inc. through the Southern Mindanao Business Council organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and appointed as its chairman, whose mandate is to support sustainable businesses and promote inclusive growth in Mindanao.

Engr. Epimaco Galero Jr., MA, DPA

Deputy Executive Director - Operations

Engr. Epimaco “Jun” Galero Jr., an engineer by training, was formerly the Governor of the Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chairman of the Regional Development Council. He presently represents FREEDOM, Inc. as Chairman of the Economic Cluster of the Regional Development Council in the Caraga Region. Engr. Galero has held senior positions in various companies and runs several successful businesses.

Justino S. Oplas

Director – Institutional Capability Building

Justino “Tinoy” Oplas was formerly an executive with a multinational insurance company in charge of training and capability building. Mr. Oplas was responsible for the development of training programs for FREEDOM, Inc.’s for rural and indigenous communities. He presently handles the quality assurance of FREEDOM, Inc.’s training programs.

Dr. Lope Santos III

Deputy Executive Director for Development Cooperations

Dr. Lope Santos III is an experienced trainor, mentor, facilitator and project development & management specialist focusing on the evolution of agricultural enterprises nationwide. His previous position as OIC of the Project Development and Technical Service (PDTS) of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and extensive experience in coordinating with international bilateral and multilateral agencies including UNDP, ADB, WB, AusAID, and EU among others; immensely enhances the research and development capacity of FREEDOM Inc.

Our Institutional Partners

Bureau of Agricultural Research

DoA Philippine Rice Research Institute PHILRICE

Department of Agrarian Reform

Department of Trade and Industry Caraga

University of the Philippines Mindanao

Department of Social Welfare and Development

SIDMA College

Philippine Information Agency Region 13


Bantay Kita

National Development Support Command

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Control Union

Child Hope Asia Philippines

Skyeye UAV Services

European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

Department of Agriculture

World fish

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples

Center for Empowerment and Research Development, Inc.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Mindanao, Inc.

Other partners

Kapatagan Banana Growers Cooperative

Gata Daku Multi Puprose Cooperative

Agusan Mushroom Producers Cooperative

Isaac T. Robillo Memorial Hospital.

Center for Empowerment Research and Development

Pusong Dapa Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Micro-Financing)

Federation of Agrarian Reform Communities (Rice Production and Micro Financing)

Goodyear Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Rubber Production and Micro-Financing)

Lamitan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Rubber Production and Micro-Financing)

San Isidro Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Rice and Micro-Financing)

Cawayan Agrarian Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Rice Production and Micro-Financing)

Kapatagan Banana Growers Cooperative (Highland Banana Production)

BAUG Carp Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Micro-Financing)*

Sitio Ipil Wine Makers Association (Nipa Palm Sugar)

Valverde Coffee Growers Association (Tunnel Dried Robusta Coffee Production)

Baleguian Irrigators Association (Organic Rice Production)

Kaimanan Amalngkutaw Yang Kawtawan Program (Micro-Financing)

Kumularang Farmers Irrigation Association (Rice Duck Farming)

Dumingag Organic Farmers Association (Organic Rice)

Alkikan Vegetables Association (Vegetables)