Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 23, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Far from taking pride in its achievements, especially in “winning” peace in Misamis Oriental, Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) executive director Teddy Sabuga-a Jr. has readily pointed to its partner civil society organization for leading the charge for peace in the province.

Misamis Oriental, under outgoing Governor Oscar Moreno, received from President Benigno Simeon Aquino III last January 30 the Plaque of Outstanding…

May 20, 2012


Dear Partners and Friends,


Greetings of peace, solidarity and resiliency!


Here are latest updates on our continuing assistance to five barangays – Bonbon, Carmen, Gusa, Indahag and Iponan – either badly hit by Typhoon Sendong or accommodated flood survivors after the evacuees (or internally displaced persons) were moved out of the congested evacuation centers inside school premises and covered courts. Also included in this update are results of major activities being…

May 16, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Balay Mindanaw Group of NGOs recently launched the newest and youngest member of BMG – the Global Mindanaw Polytechnic, Inc. (GMP).

Launched last week on the 16th anniversary of BMG, the GMP is a TESDA-accredited and SEC-registered vocational technical school that was specifically established to help in the fulfillment of the vision of BMG.

Ariel Hernandez, senior director of Balay…

May 15, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As Balay Mindanaw forges ahead in breaking new grounds towards the achievement of peace, equity and development of Mindanaw, it is challenged to always get its direction and sense of purpose from its origin and history.

“Quo vadis, Balay Mindanaw?” asked Monsignor Elmer Abacahin, SSJV, during the Eucharistic Celebration that kicked off the 16th anniversary celebration of Balay Mindanaw on May 8.

Abacahin, who pastored the…

May 09, 2012

Time flies indeed, because it’s as if it was only too recent when we formed Balay Mindanaw. Now we’re 16! All those years we’ve continually embraced our slogan: Kaangayan, Kalambuan, Kalinaw … sa Mindanaw, sa Pilipinas, sa Kalibutan. And along the way reinvented ourselves, especially when Typhoon Sendong devastated our home base, Cagayan de Oro City, as we retooled ourselves to help in the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

May 08, 2012

BMFI technically began its peacebuilding work in Surigao del Sur last quarter of 2010. Kuya Kaloy himself together with other BMFI elders primarily did the preliminary visits, reconnecting with some old friends, meeting local leaders, facilitating consultations, and contact building with various local groups. After which was the unfolding of partnership engagements in the municipalities of Cagwait and Lianga.

The personal invitations of Hon. Mayor Bonifacio Ondona of Cagwait also…

May 08, 2012

When Typhoon Sendong swept many houses and killed many lives in Cagayan de Oro, Balay Mindanaw immediately sprang into action in the relief and rehabilitation efforts, even if some of its very own people were victims themselves. Balay Mindanaw became part of the various NGOs and relief agencies helping Sendong survivors. To organize things, these organizations helping out decided to assign which agency goes to what relocation sites. We…

May 07, 2012

Disaster Response, Risk Reduction and Management, and Resiliency Building

Tropical Storm Washi or Sendong (local name), on December 17, 2011, hit Mindanao affecting around 70,528 families or 388,836 persons, distributed throughout 184 barangays within the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon, and the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) inside the evacuation centers reached around 4,870 families or 22,868 individuals, with…

May 07, 2012

Building on the gains and anchored on the continuing effort of promoting transparent accountable governance, Balay Mindanaw took the challenge in implementing a pilot project particularly focused on local fiscal management. Originally, the project is supposed to be led by the Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs (MINCODE) who was also the major partner institution in the implementation of Transparent Accountable Governance (TAG) Project 2 and 3 with The…

May 07, 2012

It was on 24 August 2009 that Balay Mindanaw fielded its first Sustainable Integrated Area Development Organizer (SIADO) in the person of Rosario “Popot” Baldevia, in the Municipality of Aleosan, North Cotabato.

Popot, while doing the area profiling, organizational scanning and contact building activities, was looked after by the mission station priest in-charge, Fr. Manny Mina. For half a year, she stayed at the rest house of San Mateo…