Pelajar Dan Mahasiswa Indonesia Di Pilipina (PPMIP)
was formed as an organization to foster brotherhood
and cooperation among Indonesian students studying
in the Philippines. Initially formed as Indonesian
Students Union on September 30, 1957, it took on its
current name of PPMIP on September 5, 1965.
The organization is structured to accommodate concentrations
of Indonesian students present in the Philippines.
It consists of a Head Office located in Makati, due
to its close proximity to the Indonesian Embassy,
so as to simplify communication and coordination between
the chapters. Six chapters have been set up, namely
the chapters of Makati, Manila, Quezon City, Los Banos,
Tagaytay, and Silang.
Organizational links and tie-ups are present with
the Indonesian Embassy in Manila. As the legitimate
body to protect Indonesian citizens, particularly
students studying in the Philippines, personnel with
the Indonesian Embassy have been put as members of
the Board of Trustees. Among them are, the Indonesian
Ambassador to the Philippines, the Cultural and Education
Attaché, the Defense Attaché and the
Industry and Trade Attaché.
All Indonesian citizens that are currently studying
in the Philippines is a member of the PPMIP, unless
they give a written explanation to not become a member.
This is meant to encourage participation of all students
aforementioned in activities conducted by the organization.
Automatic membership within the organization also
has a benefit for the member in that they do not have
to reregister themselves in order to join, yet it
poses another consequence. Many students lack awareness
of the organization since they do not have to actively
register themselves. A sense of responsibility to
participate in the organization and enhance its existence
is not developed, as membership is confined to areas
that only have a chapter present. This causes alienation
to students that take up study in outlying areas,
particularly outside Luzon.
Membership fees in order to sustain the organization’s
activities have always been the main income generator
for non-profit organizations such as PPMIP, yet inactive
membership has caused this method of fund raising
to generate no substantial income benefit.
Activities and Programs
In order to achieve their mission, PPMIP has always
implemented the following programs:
To organize and enhance the administrative procedures
within the organization, such as the filing
of documents and the proper reporting of the
To promote membership by increasing exposure
of the organization through the publication
of a regular organizational bulletin.
To conduct an annual Congress in order to observe
the rights of the members.
To conduct a regular seminar, symposium or workshop
to enhance the learning experience of members.
provide complete information regarding educational
and immigration requirements for new students
and members through the publication of a guide
To actively promote Indonesia to the Philippine
community, through the holding of bazaars, seminars
and cultural programs.
To help the legalization process of diplomas
for graduates from the Philippines.
Social, Spiritual, Cultural and Sports
PPMIP Head office will coordinate regular sports
events with the chapter offices to enhance the
solidarity and understanding among different
To provide regular spiritual meetings amongst
different faiths as needed by the members.
hold a cultural evening and bazaar.
To develop contacts with local Indonesian newspapers
as to the activities of Indonesian students
in the Philippines.
To gain information regarding affordable air
transportation for students, as well as shipping
cargo requirements for students that have finished
To conduct recreational and brotherhood-enhancing
meetings to provide an arena for socializing
To actively help any member overcome unforeseen
difficulties while they are in the Philippines.
Although the array of programs planned by the organization
is extensive and tries to cover all facets of student
life abroad, it continually struggles to implement
In PPMIP’s case, many programs have not been
realized due to factors that will be discussed in
further chapters in this paper.