To fulfil its promise, democracy must meet challenges of equity, inclusion and accountability. This requires an "organized" citizenry with the power to articulate and assert its interests effectively. Unfortunately, in the Philippines, the concerns of many remain muted because of unequal and declining citizen participation. Organized communities confront these challenges by revitalizing old democratic institutions and creating new ones. Leaders learn to view social, economic, and political problems from an organizer's perspective, and to act on these problems using a "praxis" of organizing: "mapping" power and interests, developing leadership, building relationships, motivating participation, devising strategies and mobilizing resources to create organizations and win campaigns. Principles common to community and issue organizing are emphasized.
The Sanayan.com (literally means COM leadership training program), is revitalized training programs of COM which are directly related to community organizing and empowerment. There are three categories of CO modules included in Sanayan.com: (1) the regular on-the-job CO Training, (2) the three-day CO Orientation, and (3) the topic-focused CO orientation. This first course offering falls in the second category. It aims to draw out learning based from actual and theoretical experiences of the leaders and people who are also involved in the same field with the end view of levelling – off their understanding and appreciation of empowering approaches to change with emphasis given to community organizing. It will gather 100 community/sector leaders of people’s organizations/federation who worked with or working with COM in different parts of Luzon.