Tony Quizon receives ILC Asia Lifetime Achievement Recognition
Mr. Antonio B.Quinzon is recognized the Asia Lifetime Recognition for his outstanding commitment as development worker, land activist, education mentor for land rights in the Phillippines and Asia.
Born in Manila, 20 January 1957, Antonio “Tony” Quizon spent over 40 years (since 1975) working directly with rural communities, starting at an early age during his university days. As a community organizer, Tony’s passion and dedication for the farmers’ movement started.
Tony is former Chair and Executive Director of the Asian NGO Coalition (ANGOC); and is currently a board member of the Center for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (CARRD) and the Southeast Asian Regional Initiatives on Community Empowerment (SEARICE). He was among the founders of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in 1995 during the International Conference on Hunger and Poverty. From 1993 to 1998, Tony served as a Steering Committee Member of ILC, guiding the ILC in its pioneer years. As the first ILC regional coordinator for Asia, Tony has been instrumental in setting the regionalization processes in the region.
Tony was also an Executive Board member of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) – a global consortium of aid agencies and NGOs working on humanitarian assistance and development worldwide, based in Geneva and working with UNHCR; and past Contributing Editor of the People-Centered Development Forum (PCDF), a global forum for new development thinking on issues of sustainable development.
He was a member of the Specialist Panel on Governance and Finance of the International External Review of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) which examined the needed reforms and future strategic directions for the 16 international research institutions in agriculture under the CGIAR system.
In the Philippines, he has served as Board Member and adviser of several local NGOs and foundations. He was among the organizers of the Congress for a People’s Agrarian Reform (CPAR), a coalition of peasant organizations and NGOs involved in the lobbying and drafting of the agrarian reform law that led to the passage of the 1988 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) or RA 6657 in the Philippine legislature.
Mr. Quizon has written several important papers on land rights, civil society and food security. These include among others: “Agrarian Reform in the Philippines: Issues and Prospects for 1998 and Beyond” which reviewed the first 10 years of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (also published in German as “Agrarreform auf den Philippinen: Status und Perspektiven”); “Government-NGO Relations in Asia: Prospects and Challenges for People-Centered Development”, published by Macmillan Press, UK, 1995. He was recently commissioned by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) as one of the principal authors of “Agrarian Reform: Lessons from the Philippine Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program from the Commonwealth to Contemporary Periods”
*Story by ANGOC