About Us

For 25 years, Visayan Forum has been innovating solutions to end human trafficking and modern slavery in the Philippines.

Who We Are



Established in 1991, Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VF) is an officially accredited Philippine NGO known for innovations in addressing modern-day slavery, especially human trafficking and domestic servitude. VF has partnered with over 200 local & international socio-civic groups, NGOs, government agencies, and private institutions.

We prevent trafficking through community watch mechanisms, we protect victims and potential victims in transit areas and transform the lives of survivors through holistic shelter-based services, we influence policy and conduct solution-based research, and we mobilise the youth to reduce their vulnerability to trafficking.


VF is a hybrid organization, a model of mixed successful elements: social service provisions, socialactivism, and social entrepreneurship.



We shall innovate lasting solutions to end exploitation and modern slavery.



We envision a society where people are free, protected, and empowered to explore opportunities without the risk of exploitation and slavery.


Visayan Forum continuously studies the business model and operational intricacies?of human trafficking. The modus and routes of traffickers are constantly evolving.

In the Philippines, traffickers operate in identified source, transit, and destination areas. As such, VF has strategically located its shelters and project areas along the known trafficking routes by partnering with private sector and transport authorities to guard ports and airports.

  • Metro Manila
  • Samar
  • Leyte
  • Iloilo
  • Bacolod
  • Dumaguete
  • Davao
  • Zamboanga
  • Maguindanao
  • General Santos
  • Cotabato
  • Cagayan de Oro
  • Tawi-tawi


1 Human Transformation, compassion and respect for human dignity

We believe that exploitation and slavery is a violation of human dignity. As a force for good, we dedicate our work as our commitment and faith in action. We listen deeply and communicate with compassion. We believe in respectful and constructive criticism and recognition of good performance.

2 Social entrepreneurship and innovation

We innovate solutions to adapt to complex social challenges. We nurture partners to solve problems,seek new opportunities and challenge attitudes. We inspire leaders through example and diplomacy. We nurture leaders to become a powerful network of champions to mobilize for change. We always aim for long term social impact and sustainability.

3 Professionalism, excellence, accountability and transparency

We always account to stakeholders about the impact of our work and how we ensure optimal use of resources entrusted to us. We always promote transparency and honesty in our dealings with partners. We give space and protection to those who raise issues towards proper resolution. We always honor what we promise to deliver. We keep our processes simple, effective and efficient.

4 Courage and resiliency

We fight with courage and resiliency, dignity and grace. We embrace failures as learning opportunities.

5 Teamwork and volunteerism

We always work as a team of professionals and volunteers guided by a continually improving management system.