Monthly Archives: September 2012

September 28, 2012

By Bong Fabe / 23 September 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Emarie Busquito, a mother at 37, was worried about her 6-month-old baby Michael Sean’s unceasing cough. Thus, despite her diminutive size, she braved the throng of people and the heat of the sun just to line up for the free consultation and medical services offered.

After about an hour of waiting in line, it was finally Emarie’s turn…

September 27, 2012

Dili, Timor Leste, 2012


WE, members of ACTION ASIA, a continental structure of peacebuilders in the Asia-­Pacific region, now gathered for the 4th Peacebuilders’ Forum with the theme TOWARDS A NEW PARADIGM: Civil Society and Government Engagement in Peacebuilding, from exclusive to inclusive peace (from small “peaces’ to BIG PEACE) express our collective AFFIRMATION, SENTIMENT, COMMITMENT, and ASPIRATIONS as we join the…

September 13, 2012

In an old and symbolic tradition, Datu Migketay Victorino “Vic” Saway led a ritual reaffirming the Bangsamoro and Indigenous Peoples’ kinship early last Thursday morning at the Balay Mindanaw Peace Center’s roof top.

Despite having roots in the Bangsamoro and Indigenous Peoples’ relationship, the tradition was also inclusive even of the Christian settlers who were present. As a result, three different people with different histories came together…

September 12, 2012

Awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction and management laws have flourished since the flash floods brought in by the typhoon Sendong last December. In this light, the Balay Mindanaw Group and representatives from its partner communities came together at the Rey Magno Teves Peace Hall last Monday for a Learning Session on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM.)

The Philippines is prone to a wide range of natural…

September 08, 2012

For the very first time, 11 Municipal Peace and Order Councils (MPOCs) have been brought together to discuss their roles in building a lasting and sustainable peace in the region and beyond.

A diverse group of representatives from the MPOCs of the First District of Misamis Oriental arrived last Wednesday (August 22, 2012), and gathered at the Balay Mindanaw Foundation’s Rey Magno Teves Peace Hall for this two-day activity…