In 1987, Alma Bulawan helped found a nonprofit organization called Buklod ng Kababaihan, which means “Women Unite” in the local language Tagalog. Buklod seeks to empower sexually exploited women to leave the industry; lobby politicians to hold buyers of sex accountable for their crimes; and create civil society initiatives to support survivors as they try to rebuild their lives.

In 1993, Alma helped file a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Navy for medical and educational expenses on behalf of thousands of impoverished Amer-Asian children fathered and abandoned by U.S. servicemen in the Philippines. Alma's third child was fathered by an American Marine corporal named Ed, who stopped corresponding with her once she revealed her pregnancy to him.

Buklod is currently advocating for the passing of an anti-prostitution bill.