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, […]
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 conducted by the Multi-sectoral Group headed by Archbishop Ledesma and the regional director of DSWD, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Realizing that among the very first to respond to the call were the Balay Mindanaw colleagues who were themselves “victims”, it deliberately adopted the slogan: “We refuse to be victims. We choose to be resources”. The disaster turned “opportunity” for Balay Mindanaw to seriously craft its disaster program.
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.
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.