Category Archives: DREAM

June 06, 2017

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines last February 10, 2017. The calamity killed at least 8 people while leaving hundreds injured. The strong ground shaking damaged thousands of houses and not a few families were left homeless. Many basic social infrastructures like schools, hospitals and water systems were also damaged. In response to this, Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc., in partnership with Disaster Aid…

December 04, 2015

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Mayor Oscar S. Moreno has urged barangay officials to enhance preparedness against disasters to avoid major loss of lives, properties and infrastructures.

Speaking during the simple hand-over ceremony of emergency equipment and orientation on emergency situation protocol at the Balay Mindanaw Peace Center, Moreno stressed that a big part of public service is to avoid the “mistake of governance that led to…

October 09, 2015


Fear and displacement broke out in parts of Surigao del Sur when the Executive Director of ALCADEV, Emerito Samarca, and two lumad leaders, Dionel Campos and Bello Sinzo, were killed in Sitio Hanayan in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga on 1 September 2015. The perpetrators were reported to belong to an armed group calling themselves the Magahat-Bagani.

Due to the violent nature of the deaths, as well as fear of getting caught…

September 29, 2015
Balay Mindanaw DREAM / First Report on the Surigao del Sur Humanitarian Situation, 29 Sept 2015
Some 500 silver-colored tarps and 10 blue tents from Disaster Aid International (DAI) now serve as the temporary homes for the 3,500 lumads affected by the violent conflict. A skyhydrant has also been installed to provide safe drinking water especially for the children and the sick.

The Surigao del Sur Sports Center in Tandag has been…

September 05, 2015

BALAY Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI) made history when it won the first-ever Galing Pook Citizenship Award for “empowering communities in peacebuilding and development” during the prestigious awarding ceremonies at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on September 1.

“Maraming salamat po. We humbly accept this award, as we thank you for recognizing our efforts to be good citizens, making the principles of good governance truly alive. We also accept this…

September 04, 2015

This short video is an overview of Balay Mindanaw’s disaster response work with Disaster Aid International, including the installation of the SkyHydrant water filtration system:

September 02, 2015

The following article was originally posted on the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) website. Balay Mindanaw was one of the five finalists in the 6th RAFI Triennial Award for Outstanding Organization .

“The biggest achievement a community can give us is when they say ‘go away, we can do it on our own,’” said Charlito Z. Manlupig, also known as Kaloy, Founder and President of Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc….

August 19, 2015

As I reflect on how I reacted/responded to the recent disasters like Sendong, Pablo, Bohol earthquake and Yolanda, I give thanks to the crisis caused by the Cotabato earthquake and tsunami for teaching me my first lessons in disaster response, and for planting the seed of volunteerism in my heart.

The Moro Gulf  Earthquake and Tsunami of August 17, 1976

>A few minutes after the stroke of midnight on August 17,…

June 24, 2015

Local officials of Sta. Josefa town in the Province of Agusan del Sur expressed gratefulness to Balay Mindanaw for assisting their local government unit in becoming resilient to natural disasters.

Sta. Josefa was among the municipalities devastated by Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) in 2012, the very same year Balay Mindanaw’s Disaster Risk-Reduction, Resliency-building and Emergency Assistance Mission (DREAM) was born. Back then, DREAM was called Disaster Response, Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Building (DRRRMRB) program.


May 14, 2015

Perhaps if you visited the barangay (village) of San Juan in Ormoc City early morning of Christmas in the year 2013, you would see the soft sunrise touching the tops of the trees laid bare by…