The International Center for Peace in
place dedicated to the peoples and communities in Mindanao as they continue to
empower themselves and strive to attain equity, development and peace.
It is a Peace Center.
Balay Mindanaw humbly offers this Center
as its contribution to everyone’s task of seeking and building peace. It has a
Peace Room (not a war room) that offers learning resources for peace-builders.
The Center will also be the venue for various short and long-term peace courses.
It will also be the venue for the various
activities related to the on-going peace processes especially between the
Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Revolutionary
Workers’ Party-Mindanao (RPM-M).
It is a formation house for development
workers and peace-builders.
It has state-of-the-art but modest
facilities for workshops, conferences, seminars and courses especially on the
broad aspects of sustainable integrated area development (SIAD), conflict
transformation and peace-building.
It will be the main site for Balay
Mindanaw in-house center-based initiatives and activities that help promote and
facilitate human and institutional capacity-building, awareness-building,
nurturance and enrichment of indigenous knowledge and technologies, and
deepening of commitment to development and peace-building work.
It is the home of the Balay Mindanaw
The Center also serves as the main base
of operations of Kab-ot Gahum: Resource Center for Empowerment and Development (RCED),
Balay Alternative Legal Advocates for Development in Mindanaw (BALAOD-Mindanaw)
and Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc (BMFI), – three of the four
independent development NGOs that believe in the same vision. As such, it is
fondly called "our ancestral
It is not intended to be a commercial
lodging facility for walk-in or drive-in clients.
The Center is not a business enterprise
or a commercial facility as it is considered to be part and parcel of Balay
Mindanaw’s package of programs. However, partners from various people’s
organizations, communities, tribes, churches, local government units and
government agencies, NGOs and others who wish to seek the services, resources
and hospitality of the Center are considered and accepted warmly as house